"Rules of engagement, most often references in the Geneva Convention, exist to separate depravity from 'civilized' warfare. Extending those rules and protections to those who consistently ignore them or openly flout them (such as terrorists who target civilians or behead journalists-on camera) is calculated to show its proponents as principled as well as having high-minded values (such as Sen. John McCain, who experienced torture after being captured as a uniformed memebr of a state armed force). ... We absolutely need to have principles, and to respect the Geneva rules for those who also adhere to them. However, I draw the line at those that descend to barbarism anbd depravity. The targeting of civilians and those with absolutely no connection to an armed force has to be condemned in no uncertain terms, and a failure to do so only encourages more of this activity", my emphasis, John Cox (JC) letter to the WSJ, 6 May 2009.
I quoted Leon Trotsky on 7 October 2008, http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2008/10/jr-nyquist-on-crisis.html; Michael Savage on 6 February 2009, http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2009/02/way-of-war.html.
Very nice, JC. However, these are normal Islamic warfare practices. Now what? Once you've condemned the behavior, what would you do to end it?