I do not know what the moral response is in this situation (perhaps only God knows). What would Jesus do if He were a citizen of the United States and He saw the news stories of Muslims roadblocking, burning, mutilating and murdering His fellow citizens? I must confess, I have absolutely no idea.
(I cannot recommend viewing the graphic, disturbing and saddening pictures here; view at your own discretion. I pray God’s mercy on both the families of these people and those who murdered them.)
It seems to me that there are two options: one is to do nothing out of fear that we might offend more Muslims and Iraqis and they may carry out more terrorist attacks against our citizens. (This might be called “The Kerry response”.) Or, we could bomb them into nonexistence and send them a message that we will not allow such terrorist attacks. (This might be called “The Proper Response”.) The government’s (sole?) responsibility is to protect its citizens. The question is, what is the best way to do that? Personally, I think we destroy Fallujah as the consequence of doing this to our citizens. If we do not, the Muslim terrorists around the world will discover that we do not (apparently) care enough to bring swift and terrible consequences against those who carry out these vicious attacks. If we do bomb them, they may become angry, but I would be willing to bet they would think twice if we make Fallujah like Sodom and Gomorrah. (No, I am not comparing U.S. justice to God’s justice; calm down.) If we do not kill them, they will kill us; that is the nature of the human race.
But that’s just me, and maybe I cannot separate my sinful, vengeful human nature from what I (should) think. On the other hand, the government is not an individual Christian and should, in my opinion, still abide by “an eye for an eye.”
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!