you dont win armed conflict by refusing to sink to whatever arbitrary level the misinformed public fixates on. this is war. those who wish to avoid death need only avoid associating themselves with militants. there is absolutely NO feasible reason why we shouldnt retaliate forcefully. its not an issue of morality. killing arabs now, with decisive action, will save the lives of millions of people later. the situation continues to escalate because so many Americans are afraid of hurting someones feelings or accepting the necessities of war. exacting revenge for the sake of revenge is immoral. destroying all of your opposition in one violent action is not only the right thing to do, its the moral thing to do. we will never "sink to their level." the reason why is because we dont think we can kill our way into heaven. we dont think we have a harem of virgins waiting for us. we dont think that religion controls everything in life, and that killing for the sake of it is not only acceptable, but honorable. this world would be a better place without islam. for now, we can leave it be. allowing our people to die because of this is unacceptable. the muslims have NEVER given up once their demands have been met. find a single, solitary example in the entire history of that bastardized religion of a break from fanaticism, and you will have done what no one else can. there is no way to appease those who think as the muslims do. a steel fist is the only solution. id like to see someone come up with a rational alternative to the judicious use of firepower on the arab/Iraqi insurgents. preferably, one that has historical precedent.