The heroic Iraqi insurgents are the Middle Eastern equivalents of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, etc. Their honor and bravery is a great inspiration to us all. No, really.
Here is an excerpt from a "Washington Post" column at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51731-2004Apr28.html
It is not surprising that a Middle East television station would show film of three haggard Italian hostages provided by their captors. What is surprising is that one, the Qatar-based satellite network al-Jazeera, passed up the chance to air footage of the gory execution of a fourth Italian captive.
Al-Jazeera is noted for showing some of the most gruesome scenes in TV history in reports on U.S. or Israeli military action. But since a videotape of the shooting of Fabrizio Quattrochi came into its possession on April 14, the network has withheld it on grounds of taste.
Nor would al-Jazeera give a copy of the tape to the Italian officials who were permitted to watch it. The tape reportedly shows two figures with their backs to the camera standing behind Quattrochi. One shoots after Quattrochi shouts, "I'll show you how an Italian dies" and attempts to tear off his hood.
The sudden squeamishness of al-Jazeera prevents the world from seeing a clear depiction of the Italian's bravery and defiance and the appalling cruelty and cowardice of his Arab abductors, whose voices are clearly heard on the tape....