Last edited by MSgt; 04-28-12 at 01:39 PM.
But we do like to simply compare ourselves to Nazi Germany these days don't we? Ever since a couple Democrats tried to compare GITMO to the Gulags or to Nazi Germany, we have lost our sense of history and what those places truly were. Millions of murdered Jews would be insulted to know that a few embarrased Muslims at Abu Ghraib and a few waterboarded cases at GITMO compares to their experience.
Last edited by MSgt; 04-28-12 at 01:33 PM.
We are the USA.
we take prisoners if the enemy surrenders.
no, we do not KILL all of the enemy regardless.
Thinking that we can get away with winning wars without killing is precisely why we have had trouble with every war since World War II (rediculous Gulf War being the exception). With the creation of the United Nations and coming off of the manner instructions of the Geneva Convention, we have deluded ourselves into believing that all the world thinks as we do. Nations like Iran hope that we maintain our ideas of the world until they achieve their nuclear goal. Men like Saddam Hussein hoped that we would keep convincing ourselves that we could just keep starving out his people and look the other way. There's no such thing as an unconditional surrender anymore because we fail to devistate our enemies and offer them condolensces and respirators instead.
We are the USA. And this absolutely means that we need to maintain a sense of decency and proper conduct at all times, but too many Americans have a self deluded idea of what that means, which is why too many of our trained troops have to die needlessly. After all, when it comes down to it, who in the world has dropped two nuclear bombs on civilian populated cities? We wouldn't do this today. No, today we would ensure further blood shed to pretend an idea of oursleves and prolong the conflict to whatever end (or no end in many cases).
Of course, one of the reasons the world convicts of our imperfections constantly is that they need us to be perfect in the absence of their own government's immoralities. By living up to this extremely high standard, we sacrifice our men constantly. And for what?
Last edited by MSgt; 04-28-12 at 02:26 PM.
Last edited by j-mac; 04-28-12 at 03:08 PM.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
The history of mankind is the history of warfare, with the history books being written by the victors. There are no good guys in white hats, only winners and losers.
Maybe one day we'll get beyond war and learn to share this little fragile planet. That one day hasn't come yet. As long as there are civilizations who are sure that the rest of the world needs to adopt their way of life or else, we'll never get beyond war.
Which is why the US needs to have a strong military, only use it when there is no other choice, and then go all out to win when we do use it. No touchy feely wars in which the goal is anything but total victory.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?