Ogrish.com has a link to the last half of the video. See the first half at yahoo news or something like that.
Clearly this video contains extremely violent and disturbing images and watch at your own risk. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the indymedia editors deletes this post and in some senses I almost wish I had never seen it... But I'm in favor of information being free and allowing the viewer to make their choice. That's the beautiful thing about living in a free society.
That said, WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!? I mean, really.
After seeing the video, I resisted the urge to go to knee-jerk extremes... On one hand "look at what these animals want to do to us? we have to stop our infighting and snuff out the root of whatever caused this and rally behind our leaders"... On the other hand "we got what we deserve for invading their country in the first place. Is this the face of the cheering crowds we thought would greet us?". Tried to see beyond the whole "we put someone on a leash, they cut off someone's head, who's the real terrorist?" but stopped short of the tinfoil hatish "the beheading was a staged cia event to divert attention from the US prison torture"
Similarly conflicted feelings about what to do about it. Flee Iraq now, rewarding the extremists? Increase our committment and further agitate the wound and increase our exposure? Pardon the overused phrase, but I really sense there's a dire need for serious out of the box thinking e.g. start losing the war in order to give iraqi's a greater sense of responsibility for their own welfare and control. I hope someone higher up is doing some serious analysis on what to do, someone smart, wise, genuine, in-touch. I almost don't say this because I could picture some freeper groaning at my nostalgia, but I wonder what Clinton or Gore think we should do about the situation. I'm afraid I don't have any answers.
This is just me, but I wish that the left would start talking about what _should_ be done rather than criticizing what _is_ being done. That's one thing I don't necessarily like about Air America Radio... I've heard a couple callers ask "so what do you think we should do instead? what's the left's alternative proposal?" the response is always "thanks for calling, we'll be back after this break". Has anyone else noticed this?
Anyway that's my 2 pennies.