Sound of Silence

So a picture surfaces of Ken Bigley (search), the unlucky Brit who has been captured by Iraqi insurgents, sitting in a cage with what looks suspiciously like a chain around his neck.

Let me see, where have I seen that before? Oh right, the Abu Ghraib (search) prison: One picture of an Iraqi in a collar and leash — a chain, if you will — and the world went crazy.

Now this guy in Abu Ghraib was doubtless uncomfortable, but he had no reasonable fear someone was going to cut off his head. Mr. Bigley on the other hand has every reasonable fear they will cut his head off. After all, that's what they do to Americans. And the Brits are close enough.

So where's the outrage? Where are the howls from the archbishop of Canterbury? Where are the screeches of righteous indignation for the people who would put this man in a chain like a dog?

That's right, you're not hearing anything about the brutal attack on Mr. Bigley's dignity. It's his head they're trying to save, what explains the silence here?

Here's the answer: Abu Ghraib was an excuse to pour more scorn on the hated United States.

In the view of these people who are now so quiet, the terrorists who are doing these things to now headless Americans and the terrified Mr. Bigley are right. They are heroic insurgents against the hated U.S. and everybody knows that is OK.

What is the difference between an Iraqi in a dog leash in an American prison and a Brit — or American — in a dog leash in a Jihadi dog cage?

It's the attitude of the world that one is a horror — an atrocity that people need to be reminded of daily — and the other is, well unfortunate. After all, the people who are doing this to Mr. Bigley have been so badly provoked by the U.S.

It's America's fault.