The incident portrayed was not the only one at that time.
Also watch “The Kingdom,” if you haven’t. There’s a perspective, right there. A couple of characters are lame, though.
From the movie script:
“DOJ pol type: I’m gonna bury you.
The answer from the Director/guy in charge (DC setting. Fancy office): You know, Westmoreland made all of us officers write our own obituaries during Tet. When we thought the Cong were gonna end it all right there. And once we clued in to the fact that life is finite, the thought of losing it didn’t scare us anymore.
The end comes no matter what. The only thing that matters is how do you want to go out? On your feet or on your knees?
I bring that lesson to this job. I act knowing that someday this job will end, no matter what.
You should do the same.”
I’ll see if I can find it. That sounds like what I’ve been working through in my own mind and with our kids. There’s a very real possibility that we will be given a choice to either bow to Islam or be killed/tortured. We’ve been trying to help our kids realize that there are things far worse than death or any other suffering in this world, and that we don’t need to fear anything because we’ll be given the strength we need when we need it.