Monday, February 07, 2005

Lest we forget

Thankfully, it's been awhile since we've seen a beheading video or any similar reminder of the brutality of our Islamofascist enemies, but that doesn’t mean they've changed their tune.

The AP reports, "Islamic Radicals Hunt Barbers in Baghdad."

Umm Ali says militants killed her son last month for the most unlikely of reasons: He trims men's beards.

In Baghdad's Dora neighborhood, residents say Sunni Muslim extremists have made barbers the new hunted, accusing them of violating a strict reading of Islamic teachings that say men should keep their beards long.

Some extremists also consider Western-style haircuts an offensive symbol of the hated, secularized culture of Europe and the United States.

To them, sporting a clipped beard or a modern haircut is an infraction worthy of death.

These radicals cannot be reasoned with, nor dealt with by a peacekeeping force in baby-blue helmets. They must be rooted out and killed - a task which will engage our Soldiers, Marines, and the Iraqi Security Forces for a long time to come.