I decided to drop by the Sondra K's blog when an article caught my eye regarding abuses of Iraqi prisoners as reported by Human Rights Watch.
Of course, there had to be a link to something else. Thus, there was one to an article in the Jawa blog.
Needless to say, it contained pics of a couple of Iraqis being beheaded by those nice people from the al-Zarqawi al-Qaeda cell. Pretty graphic shit, thus I didn't even bother to download the video of the actual deed being done. If it were a horror movie, it would have been gross enough. But for fuck sakes - this was definitely the real thing!
So on that pleasant note, please direct yourselves to a commentary made by an ex-USN/USAFR flyer named Perry Clausen in the January, 2005 edition of the United States Naval Institute's magazine, Proceedings (for landlubber navy fans and warship trainspotters, it's a great read if you get your grubby paws on them), titled "Civilized Warfare Is Uncivilized".
I have always stated that in order to win a war, you have to plan how to win the peace. In the end, the only way to win friends may lie not in merely defeating your enemies, but by crushing them into irrelevance. If both the Right and Wrong ever wonder why Iraq is slowly turning into a clusterfuck migraine, maybe they should check out this passage...
The United States plays by the rules of international law, but its enemies do not. And because they do not fear us, war is more likely. We have lost track of the fact that military force is violent coercion and must be exercised in a way so frightening that no adversary will consider provoking us.Take, for example, the Yanks' conduct at Abu Gharib. Then compare that to the compassionate and generous acts that al-Zarqawi's missionaries had done unto the two misguided Iraqis. The difference is clear - the two Iraqis will never work for the Great Satan again.
"But what about the poor little babies?" you might ask. Sadly, war is hell. If you don't want to get hurt, get the hell out. Better yet, switch sides...
Distinctions between combatants and civilians are artificial because, in fact, they are all enemies. The nation's success in defeating conventional military formations and its reluctance to attack civilians provide powerful incentives to fight from civilian sanctuaries.In virtually all wars, civvy populations will get whacked mainly because that's where soldiers come from! Crush your enemies into dust, then rebuild them as your friends. Clausen sums up one example that maybe the generals in charge should've followed...
The Roman Empire understood regime change. After defeating a country, it moved quickly to demonstrate the advantages of membership in its political and econamic systems. Those who resisted the changes were dealt with severely. In Operation Iraqi Freedom we ignored the neccessity if instilling fear on the Iraqi civilian population. (Well... no shit, Sherlock! - Y2D) ... "Shock and awe" required that someone be shocked. Instead of killing the enemy, some buildings and rusty tanks were destroyed for television viewers, while thousands of enemy soldiers simply went home - many to fight another day.There are a lot more things that Perry Clausen has to say. War is definitely dirty work. No one wants to fight it, but these days there are those who are still fighting the same enemy over and over again because that enemy has time to regroup, replenish and refresh before the next battle. The reason why Germany and Japan are no longer considered enemies was because they had their asses and those of their mommies handed back to them - Germany through conventional means, Japan by nukes. The Romans had their Pax Romana because they erased Carthage from the map.
So maybe the solution would lie in wielding resolve to its maximum level. Rather than be over-glorified and over-armed social workers, soldiers, sailors and airmen should be as they've always been in the early days of modern warfare: warriors. In closing, Clausen has this to say:
War is behavior modification through fear an annihilation... Rules of "civilized" warfare actually prolong conflict and reduce deterrence - especially when an uncivilized combatant games the system against a country playing by the rules. That leads to the most uncivilized outcome of all: more frequent and lengthy wars.As a member of the military, war is the very last thing on my mind, but if it were to happen, it shall be very bloody, brutal and most of all decisive and quick so that everyone can have a lasting peace.
And for those fearful of U.S. domination, think about this: if it weren't for the Yanks, would you have afforded or enjoyed all the luxuries and benefits of modern life? Would you have been able to express yourself without fear of reprisal? Would you have that freedom of choice and the chance to use your voice? Would you have the power to create, construct and even deconstruct great works that evolve from the fruits of your imagination? Just think.
Thus... there you go.