Their propaganda line maintains that the West is degenerate and morally weak, that Western soldiers are cowards and not to be feared, that Westerners fear death above all else.
Every takfiri and jihadi in the world, whether actual or potential will take note and his or her behavior will be influenced by this message.
The poorly conceived campaign in Iraq is, nevertheless, quite real. It is being fought by soldiers whom we Americans value highly. Their safety will be directly affected by what has happened in this incident.
One of the outraged Brits who has written to me over this described the actions of these servicepeople as unimportant because they are "lowly marines." We do not think of our soldiers as "lowly." pl