"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams
Thursday, September 16, 2010
"Rules of Engagement"
Got this, courtesy of the New York Post
Dec. 7 and Sept. 11 are iconic American anniversaries. Both days represent
our greatest failures to understand the true nature of evil. And while each day
will be treated with a similar veneration reserved for national tragedies, there
is one aspect that truly divides them: resolution.
The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. Four years later, they surrendered
unconditionally. If one posits that the war against radical Islam began in 2001
(at least for us), we are in the midst of a nine-year-old conflict that shows no
signs of resolution.
How is this possible? In terms of manpower and machinery, Japan was a far
more formidable foe than the various umbrella groups that make up Islamic
jihadism. Why are we having more trouble defeating them?
Because we've "sanitized" warfare. The same nation that detonated two
bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki no longer believes in victory, if such
requires too much "collateral damage," a k a civilian casualties.
Sounds enlightened, does it not? Who could possibly prefer relentless
onslaught and destruction over "winning hearts and minds" and
Yet consider how out of phase such thinking is. How do you win hearts
minds or nation-build before the enemy is defeated? How do you
Afghans during the day to risk their lives siding with us, when the Taliban kills
them at night -- because
they still can?
How do you maintain the morale and well-being of American men and
harm's way by purposefully prolonging war?
How many lives would be saved by military ruthlessness?
War is ostensibly a last-resort option. It's supposed to be something
dreadful that it should be avoided at all costs. Do Americans ever
far Islamic jihadists would continue to go if their every provocation
with an annihilating response? Our grandparents knew the answer to that
Dec. 7 is a day of remembrance. Sept. 11 is an open wound -- courtesy
Politically Correct Warfare.