A report on Fox News certainly caught our eye – and ire. Apparently, three Navy SEALs are set to face separate arraignments on December 7 for assault, all in connection with the successful completion of a mission to capture the perpetrator of one of the more heinous crimes in Iraq.
The Fox News article was not at all visibly opinionated about the news – but check out the difference. This man, Ahmed Hashim Abed, military code name “Objective Amber”, has been wanted for quite some time. His alleged crime is being the mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four security guards for Blackwater USA in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004.
The security guards were at that time transporting supplies for a catering company. They were ambushed, shot and had grenades thrown at them. And as if that was not enough, their bodies were burned and then dragged through the city. The bodies of two of them were hung on a bridge over the Euphrates, for all the world to see.
It is for this reason that Abed was being tracked down for quite a bit of time, touted as one of the “most wanted terrorists” in Iraq. He was finally captured by Navy SEALs, and instead of these SEALs receiving a ‘thank you’, they were slapped with assault charges instead.
Okay, so we are a people who believe that an ‘eye for an eye’ will leave the whole world blind – we are certainly above that principle, no offense intended. An accused person is just that – accused – until proven guilty, so there is certainly no reason for physical violence against prisoners. But it irritates us no end to think that someone who most likely mutilated and hung four security agents can cause all this hoopla and bring Navy SEALs to court by brandishing a bloody lip after supposedly being punched in the face.
Where is the justice in that? We just don’t get it.