Posted on July 25, 2007 by Bookworm
I met a retired Air Force vet today, and he was just the nicest guy. Kind, thoughtful, enthusiastic. In that, he resembled all of the other career military people I’ve met over the years, whether currently serving or retired. I’ll admit that my sample is small, since I don’t move in military circles, but it’s still a 100% hit rate for the 20 – 30 I have met: nice people.
In many countries — mostly military dictatorships — the military is to be feared, not just by the enemy, but by the citizens at home. They are lethal weapons at home and abroad.
The question that floated into my mind was whether the fact that our military demands decency, and that really nice people seem to serve, impairs our fighting strength. Let me phrase this another way: Are our guys and gals too nice to be truly effective?
This is not a new thought for me. I remember during the First Gulf War watching the news with my parents, and hearing U.S. soldiers saying that they didn’t hate the Iraqis. My Dad, who had seen fighting all over the Mediterranean during WWII was stunned: you have to hate to fight, he said.
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Posted on July 25, 2007 by Don Quixote
Thank you as always for your insightful and thoughtful comments. I always love throwing out topics and seeing the wonderful places you take them.
Today, I’d like to ask another question that relates to faith. One thing that cannot be denied about the Islamists is that they have a deep faith. It is hardly surprising that young men who truly believe they have 70 virgins waiting for them in heaven can’t wait to blow themselves up and take as many innocents with them as possible. I suspect, though, that a person who does not believe in the afterlife, who believe that life is a one-shot deal, will be a lot less ready to sacrifice that life for any cause.
This difference might also account for some of the strangeness of the liberal viewpoint. By and large, liberals do not have an abiding faith in God and an afterlife and they simply do not understand (and are a bit suspicious of) those who have a deep faith, be they Chriatian, Jewish or Islamic. They can’t imagine sacrificing their lives for anything, and they act as if they can’t imagine anyone else doing so either. How can they possibly have anything intelligent to say about the war against Islamists if they have no understanding of their foes?
So what effects do Bookwormroom readers think the loss of faith of so many in the West will have on the battle against the Islamists? Also, those of you who don’t believe in an afterlife, who believe this life is a one-shot deal — what do you believe is worth dying for? What would you give your life for, if you thought you were giving up everything for all eternity?
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Posted on July 25, 2007 by Bookworm
I’m still on vacation, and still working with a microscopic keyboard that has a space bar that is dysfunctional in two directions. Either no spaces at all, or too many. Forgive the messy typing. It’s too difficult to fix.
Question for you? What is it with the radical left and nudity? Zombie caught a Breasts not Bombs protest at Hillary’s San Francisco campaign headquarters, and I really had to ask myself what the breasts had to do with things. Also, if we’re going to have exhibitionists, why can’t attractive people be the ones doing it?
We pulled over to a park today to have a picnic. There was a large covered area, filled with picnic tables and there were lots of picnickers — only none of them were using the tables, they were all crouched the wind on the spikey grass. Why? Because two extremely drunk homeless men had set themselves up in the middle of the picnic area. They were loud, smelly and, to anyone with sense, potentially dangerous. They double-handedly managed to turn a whole area off-limits. I thought of them when I read about Gavin Newsom’s travails with the homeless and the druggies in Golden Gate Park. What no good liberals want to admit is that a few smelly winos or druggies can ruin a park, library or neighborhood for hundreds or even thousands of people. Their impact is far disproportionate to their numbers.
D.M. Giangreco warns us that we can expect the Islamists to create a Tet offensive just in time for General Petraeus’ report. While the military will understand what is happening, the media won’t, and will surrender just as they did with the original Tet offensive.
With regard to the two border guards convicted for committing a crime using a weapon, even though the weapon is part of his job, Earl has done a good job of defending his belief that the prosecutor was overly zealous and that his tactics are dangerous in terms of prosecutorial decency and honesty. Earl directed me to a post that examines reforms that would end prosecution power plays and potentially clean-up our criminal justice system.
And on that note, I’m signing off for another 24 hours or so. Having read DQ’s great question about the Judeo-Christian God and Jihad, I know you’re in good hands.
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