apologize. Right here
. I said I was sorry for using the word whores
Most of the nasty mail and various trackbacks - even some comments - I am getting on the subject have one specific and important thing wrong.
I was referring to people who hosted or posted
the pictures. I never said anything about linking to
My harsh feelings about this stem from the bad taste left in my mouth after Nick Berg was murdered. The resulting chest beating over big hit counts from some bloggers who hosted the video made me sick.
Some people have one reason for posting pictures of Paul Johnson or Nick Berg. Some people have other reasons. Perhaps I should have been more specific, but I swear it was not five minutes after Drudge first posted those pictures that I saw one blogger hosting them and got an email from another blogger talking about his sudden surge in hits from people looking for beheading pictures.
I definitely made some broad suggestions with my post. But a lot of people made broad suggestions in their emails and their own posts about it. My words were meant to be a stab at those who hosted the Nick Berg video and then bragged about their stats for days after. It was a pre-emptive strike against those who were planning on doing the same thing with photos of Paul Johnson.
I understand why some people felt the need to post the pictures or the Berg video. But this is the internet. You have to understand that mostly, you are not catering to people who need to be woken up by being shown the savagery of our enemies; you are catering to those who will find you through Google, the people with nothing but ghoulish intentions.
I hope it's a bit clearer as to what I was angry about, what I was reacting to, and who the words were aimed at. And I do apologize if anyone's feelings were hurt because I wasn't specific enough about it. I do hope the right people see this.
Never try to write something like that when you are livid. It will never
come out right and you will end up with a few less friends than when you started.