‘War means fighting, and fighting means killing’ -Lt. General Nathan Beford Forrest (1821-1877)
I thought after 9/11 our country was finally back on track when it came to fighting a war. But now I’ve realized I was sadly mistaken.
Recently, the 24-hour news networks were very busy broadcasting (repeatedly) video footage of some Marines clearing a room in a house in Fallujah, Iraq.
Apparently one Marine (who had been shot in the face the day before and still stayed on the job!) felt that 2 of the seemingly dead bodies in that room may have moved or the bodies were booby-trapped. Rather than have the other Marines risk their lives to investigate he shot both of the bodies to insure they were dead.
Feigning death and human booby traps were tactics he had seen the enemy use just the day before to kill marines as they cleared rooms in the very viscous
house-to-house combat the Fallujah operation proved to be.
This marine’s combat action caused uproar in the US as TV ‘talking heads’ wondered out loud if the Marine should be brought up on war crime charges. Currently this Marine is in limbo as the powers that be decide how to handle this situation. He may actually have to face a military trial on the incident!
Whether you back the war or not, our soldiers face a committed enemy who is willing to do whatever it takes to further their cause. Beheadings of men and women civilians/journalists is standard as is assassinations of politicians and military personnel.
Their commitment to their cause is total and even the wounded will booby-trap themselves just to kill a couple more soldiers ‘for the cause’. Against such an
enemy you cannot afford to respond with a litigious, law enforcement mentality.
We cannot win by trying to ‘arrest’ the enemy. The cold, hard fact is that we must KILL the enemy in large enough numbers to break the back of the
insurgents. It is politically incorrect to point such facts out but that, quite frankly, is the nature of war.
But this mentality is not just dangerous to soldiers on the battlefields of the Middle East. The same applies to you.
You cannot afford such a litigious mentality when faced with asocial violence. You must respond by injuring the other guy… and doing it now. You cannot
block your way to safety just as the military can’t use law enforcement guidelines to defeat a ‘kill or be killed’ enemy.
I don’t advocate responding to anti-social behavior with violence nor do I believe violence will solve our social or political problems. But whether it is a
soldier facing a committed, fanatical enemy or you facing an asocial recidivist criminal, the only response that will get the job done is to use the tool
That’s why you must ask yourself… right now, ‘Do I really know how to use the tool of violence?’ You simply can’t wait to ask it when asocial violence is
imminent. By then the stakes are far too high.