Thursday, September 14, 2006

"Sanitizing" War?

"We find ourselves (nationally) trying to balance a morality of fighting a war and not killing people. No, you did not misread that. We are trying to fight a war without killing people. There is so much morality imposed on our military commanders that in too many circumstances they must take friendly casualties rather than risk collateral damage."
-Old Soldier on War


Blogger airforcewife said...

One hundred percent.

We are charging soldiers with war crimes when they shoot back during a firefight.

In a situation like that, why am I sending my husband to fight?

Thursday, September 14, 2006 7:08:00 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

The military has been trying to be more PC after My Lai, I think that's why they're so quick to point out the guilt of a soldier before they're even tried.

Plus the difference is not just the military being more PC but also the fact that when an overwhelming Christian military goes into Muslim countries, we don't want it to seem like we're trying to lead Crusades - 21st Century. Therefore, we won't blow up their mosques, we won't show them the bottom of our boots (the Somalis were highly offended by American personnel in Somalia hanging their boots out of helicopters), we will only have women frisk and check other women.

I think (and I know others agree with me) that we're fighting a Holy War yet we don't want to admit it. You don't even have to check out to see who has blown themselves up the most ... it's not the Christians or the Jews. But in the middle, there's these two groups: The Liberal Left of America and the Moderate Muslims who are considered basically traitors for betraying their faith.

Sure, we're going into these countries to liberate them and while most Iraqis actually want our military boots on the ground - they don't seem to know who to point their anger at - their fellow Muslims. You know, the ones trying to blowing them up everyday.

Another important factor is - unlike WWII and sadly Vietnam, the weapons we use in war - are highly advance - that we don't think it's acceptable to have a high civilian death rate. So if a bomb from a US warplane lands on a say -- a wedding instead of a terrorist meeting -- we're the bad guys. While in WWII, you just move on to the next target. Also the fact that these terrorists hide behind civilians and those pesty weddings.

But it doesn't really matter if we kill people without care or carefully plot them out - we're still the bad guy.

Thursday, September 14, 2006 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Old Soldier's got it exactly right. Thanks for posting this. It is dispicable that our military must suffer casulaties to appease the left in this country. The left has indeed become the best buddies of terrorists the world over. Don't they have a lot to be proud of though? :(

Thursday, September 14, 2006 10:36:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Er... like ABFREEDOM says: "Preview" is my friend..."Preview" is my friend..."Preview" is my friend...

That should have, of course, read "casualties." Sorreeeee!

Thursday, September 14, 2006 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

And how many innocent American lives have been lost since this terror war began decades ago because we were more aggressive in taking the fight to this enemy.

Why is it that some people would put handcuffs on those who are trying to keep us safe?

Thursday, September 14, 2006 10:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

Can you imagine how many less casualties the allied forces would have had if the military had been able to fight the way they were trained? Instead they have to seek, verify, confirm, verify and maybe they'll get the go ahead. In the meantime, IED.

Friday, September 15, 2006 9:50:00 PM  
Blogger Dan Trabue said...

Ought our own laws not apply to us?

If you think not, then I'd advocate you try to change the laws. I suspect that the vast majority of US citizenry will oppose you in that.

In the meantime, we must obey our own laws.

Sunday, September 17, 2006 5:54:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Ought our own laws not apply to us?

What are you addressing, Dan? The previous comment? Comments in this thread? The quote from Old Soldier I posted? Old Soldier's post?

Sunday, September 17, 2006 8:06:00 AM  

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