http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11102758/ More distressing to me than the obviously disturbing video of her tearfully pleading for her life is what I discovered on a very popular conservative blog. Read the comments section here for a good mirror image of much of the stupidity and extremism you can find at Daily KOS and DU: http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=19018_JihadTV_Runs_Another_Hostage_Video#comments I have four thoughts/questions I'd like to share with the much more intelligent and mature folks at USMB in regards to this Jill Carroll story. Posting on LGF with its conservative kos clones would be a waste of time I think. 1- Where did or when did she say things to friends or the press about going on a "peace mission" or anything else relating to "exposing the horrors of American occupation"? i'm really getting tired of all journalists in iraq who end up in trouble or cause the coalition headaches being accused of this. I'd like some proof. I read many of her stories from the CSM. They are full of horrifying, heartbreaking details about the toll the insurgency has had on children and Iraqi families. Very little "American imperialist war criminal" crap that she is being accused of reporting by these idiots at LGF and the Rush Limbaugh crowd. 2- Why do they compare her response to her plight with that of members of the US military? NO ONE from the US military has been captured or kidnapped and paraded before a camera and threatened with impending death. When that finally does happen, I hate to think of the consequences to morale and the war effort here in America. Do we really think most of our brave men and women would be unfazed by their plight? What if they had been beaten terribly, or even raped? I doubt the kidnappers will show the military personnel an inch of the mercy they might show Jill Carroll. We could very well one day see a brave Marine or soldier crying on camera, after being tortured, or raped, or beaten badly. I'd love for all these commenters to have a sword over their head and see how they react. 3- Women in the military. It is inevitable that one day in this conflict or another, one or more of our women in the military will be captured. What happens to them and how the American people respond to that will be a very dicey question IMHO. I do not think this country is ready for female casualties, or worse, female POW's who face brutal rape, torture and permenent scarring. 4- I really, really pray for Carroll's safe release. But more than anything else, I pray for the brutal, painful death of her kidnappers. Because even if they let her go, they will only kidnap someone else and cause them and their families much pain and suffering. These bastards must pay for their crimes against the Iraqi people and Coalition forces.