When an American civilian is beheaded in Iraq, it is loudly decried and said that those who perpetrated the atrocity are barbarians who don't deserve to live. If the US bombs an "insurgent" city and a dozen Iraqi civilians are killed, what does that make us? If we can't let the terrorists "win" by giving in to their demands when we are bombed/attacked, why do we think *we* will win when we bomb the cities the terrorists occupy? Are they any more likely than us to give in? Or are the people who live in those cities more likely to turn against us, their "liberators", for killing their friends and family, destroying their homes and businesses, and generally creating chaos and misery? To boil it down: if violence is not a valid method of coercion for Islamic extremists, why is it a valid method of coercion for capitalist (small "r") republicans?