Friday, September 24, 2004

On facing death

Almost every day, another person is beheaded in Iraq. The terrorists are using the beheadings for maximum political effect. Since the beheading of Daniel Pearl, this tactic has become very popular.

In Iraq they've been using hacksaws to behead captives, although murdering non-combatants is quite likely contrary to the teachings of the Koran.

As I watch the news unfold about the beheadings, I have to wonder why any Westerner in Iraq allows himself to be taken prisoner. If I were working in Iraq, I would always keep a hand grenade in my pocket.

When the guys with the Kalishnakovs show up, they aren't there for a social visit. They are going to take you prisoner and then execute you. I think your only option at that point is to die with your boots on. Make them kill you then and there while trying to take as many of the bastards with you as possible.

Maybe you think I'm being overly dramatic, but similar advice is given for dealing with kidnappers here in the US.

Sanford Strong, a retired San Diego cop, in his book Strong on Defense gives advice on dealing with kidnappers by not cooperating. If someone carjacks your car and tries to kidnap you, crash the car, don't let them get out of the parking lot. [B&N]

People with experience against violent crime know they must expect injury. It's a lousy expectation. But if criminal violence strikes, you have only lousy choices. Do something: try to escape, take the risk now, accept the injury, or Do nothing: obey, do everything he says, and take the risk later. |Link|

Kidnappers will always move victims from where they find them (crime scene number one) to someplace even less desirable from the victim's perspective (crime scene number two). It's better to risk a bullet at crime scene number one, where you might get some medical assistance, than to take a bullet (after being raped and tortured) at crime scene number two where the chances of getting medical attention are slim to none.

The same thing applies in Iraq. If you agree to work in a combat zone like Iraq, you assume a certain amount of risk. If you are an American especially, you know that if you are captured, it will end badly for you.

Death comes for us all eventually. How we choose to face death is up to us.

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