"Lawdog, if the inhabitants of a city give harbor to these terrorists, they shouldn't be surprised if they get hurt. That's the way it is."
By that logic a great many innocent people aided and abetted Timothy McVeigh, and thus a few cities in America need bombed too.
I'll be the first to advocate bombing the everliving $#!t out whomever is responsible, and if doing so means placing civilians at risk, so be it. Hussein tried to shield part of his war machine behind prisoners 10 years ago, and the same rules apply. Go after your target, be as careful as you can, but get the job done.
But the civilians are not the target, period. I don't care if they're shouting 'Death to the Great Satan.' If they are not soldiers in arms, they are not targets.
The axe bites into the door, ripping a hole in one panel. The maniac puts his face into the hole, cackling gleefully, "Here's Johnny...erk."
"And here's Smith and Wesson," murmurs Coronach, Mozambiquing six rounds of .357 into the critter at a range of three feet. -Lawdog
"True pacifism is the finest form of manliness. But if a man comes up to you and cuts your hand off, you don't just offer him the other one. Not if you want to go on playing the piano, you don't." -Sam Peckinpah
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." -Robert Heinlein