The Islamic State allegedly burned a Jordanian pilot to death. President Obama condemned the execution:
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 3, 2015
Such a brutal murder, however, is judged differently when it is accomplished by a state. For instance, the immolation of 76 men, women and children at Waco or the same in Philadelphia. Far more, of course, were burned to death in Vietnam with napalm.
The firebombing of the German city of Dresden in World War II by the British that killed 25,000 people and the U.S. firebombing of Tokyo that killed more than 200,000 are rarely put in their proper context — they were conducted not for military advantage, but rather to create fear. In short, they were acts of terror. The same can be said for the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.