Another brilliant cartoon from the team of Cox and Forum:


From the Investor’s Business Daily editorial page: Friend Or Foe?.

The grisly deaths of two American servicemen show how hard it is to fight a war in which the enemy knows no rules and civilians can’t be distinguished from combatants. Maybe it’s time to make it easier.

There’s a method in the madness of those who kidnapped, tortured and murdered Pfcs. Kristian Menchaca, 23, and Thomas Tucker, 25, who were manning a Baghdad checkpoint with a comrade who was killed in the assault.

The jihadists want to give momentum to those in the U.S. such as Rep. John Murtha and Sen. John Kerry who want to bring the boys home either now or by a certain date. …

This is a war where terrorists routinely kill innocent civilians and booby-trap their bodies so others will die as well. They use civilians as shields and masquerade as civilians, hoping overly cautious Americans will become their next prey. They follow no rules. They wear no uniforms. They could be behind any door. They could be the next person you see. They could be the last.

As war critics mourn three jihadist suicides at Gitmo, we have three dead soldiers who might have met their fate simply because, after Hamandiyah and Haditha, they took too long to determine if their kidnappers were friend or foe. If they’d killed their assailants, would they now also be accused of killing “innocent” civilians?

The cartoon is based on a suggestion from Philip Hannum.


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