Archive for the 'war' Category

31
Jan
09

People believe what they want to

And that’s what leads me to believe that the world is chuck-full of anti-Semites. They want to believe Israel commits war crimes. They suck it up like tapioca. It used to be that non-Western countries believed everything propagandists told them. Well, now it’s the West that likes fairy tales.

Has anybody remembered that Hamas is listed by the European Union and the United States government as being a terrorist organization? Forbid to think that terrorist organizations would commit war crimes. That a terror group would repeatedly violate the Geneva Convention. Oh–but that’s ok, because it’s not us.  The Palestinians have made their choice. They chose unwisely–yet again.

It’s starting to look  more and more like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World everyday.

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29
Jan
09

Quote of the day

In the real world off-campus, good marksmanship trumps good will. ~Ralph Peters, Washington Post

17
Jan
09

How Peace Protestors have made peace an impossibility

They drove returning Vietnam vets from the lighted areas, forcing them to hold court for decades, only with those who shared their experience. The ”Make Love Not War” movement warped the reality of the world, twisting it into blissful visions of half-naked, twirling children of Aquarius who believed they’d caught a glimpse of a reality truer than this one, while chasing White Rabbits and living on Lisurgic Acid.

A generation of our young men returned from Saigon to find a country that had abandoned them and labeled them baby-killers. It was great fun for the Aquarians, the feeling of utter self-righteousness. They’d taken up their cause, not for America, not to protect our soldiers, but for themselves. They didn’t like this world, because they’d refused to accept that life is pain. So they quelled the pain that is so obvious, with drugs and feelings of ideological superiority, trashing cities, rioting, lighting fires, committing acts of terrorism against federal institutions–all in the name of peace.

These folks are still around to some measure, though much less animated. Blogs allow them to vent. But in many ways they’re the same, in that the refuse to see the world as it is, and how it will always be. By their hyperbolic rhetoric and impossible demands, they paralyze even the candidates they put in office. Or their demands are so preposterous, that no party would make their ideologies part of the party-line. Not for long anyways.

By transposing their fantastic views of how the world should be, over the reality of how it really is, the Peace Monger increases suffering. He breaks bread with mass-murderers, if only to prove his world-views are real.  The hateful rhetoric and mantric labels (fascist, baby-killer, War Monger) bears no relation to history. Paul Wolfowitz, for example, in the beginnings of the Iraq War was met by howling crowds calling him a Nazi or Fascist. None of these Neo-Aquarians knew probably, that almost all of Wolfowitz’ family died in the holocaust.

The Aquarians are about to take a huge blow. Obama’s election has no doubt quelled some of the animus. But when realities set in, and US troops are shipped overseas to do the killing that sometimes needs to be done, the Golden Boy will tarnish like metals of the ancient warrior: Iron and bronze.

16
Jan
09

The Myth of Proportionate Warfare

Muffling the screams of the Israeli jet engines over Gaza , protests decrying the Israeli response to Hamas’ rocket attacks as not proportionate, now fill the air.

 

     What some of these well-meaning activists don’t seem to consider, is the strategic necessity of disproportionate damage to an enemy’s war-fighting capabilities. When a country lends blood and treasure to fighting, that country’s leadership should have in mind exactly what it intends to accomplish. All military means must be brought to bear in order to see the political goals through. In the case of Israel ’s recent invasion of Gaza , the goal is clear: To put an end to Hamas’ rocket attacks, or more specifically, to stop the attacks by destroying as much of Hamas’ equipment and killing as many of its operatives as possible. The goal is not punishment, but decisive victory.

 

     When looking at historical wars, consider proportion. The more equally matched the opposing forces were, the longer and bloodier the fighting tended to be. As two equally matched wrestlers must expend all their energies so that the slightest advantage is gained, so in war does parity impel nations and armies to send more men to the thresher of battle.

A balance of power may well keep the peace, but if the peace is broken it is an oblique evil to intentionally limit your ability to win. Only those conveniently distant—either ideologically or geographically– from the battle, propose “ramping down” an army’s ability to defeat the enemy. It is in this holding back that men’s lives are thrown away for nothing, their blood spilled and nothing of value accomplished.

 

     Shattering the myth of proportionate warfare’s morality, the Iran-Iraq war stands in relevant and stark relief. Two armies of equal strength smashed themselves against one another for eight years. One million souls and half a trillion dollars later, the withered forces withdrew from a pointless fight. Iran and Iraq were not equal because they wanted to be. The countries cast everything into their fight. But to ask a soldier to intentionally make himself equal to his enemy, is to ask too much.

 

    Israel must bring its combat forces to focus. It must ignore even the most well-meaning calls for proportion, while doing all it can to minimize civilian casualties. If it quits the fight before Hamas’ military capabilities are destroyed, Israel will have only emboldened her enemies, wasted the lives of its soldiers and innocent Palestinian civilians, and resurrected the specter of its 2006 war with Hezbollah.

 

 

 

16
Jan
09

As Hamas fractures, Israel pushes for a decisive victory.

It appears that Israel has well-learned the lessons of 2006, when it waged war against Hezbollah in the streets of Lebanon.

Israeli leadership has steeled itself against the deluge of negative headlines and terrible (and oft-times faked) photos of what war really is. Hamas pushed too far, this time, hardening the will–the weapon-primus–of the Jewish state, and almost guaranteeing that Gaza’s people will be forced to choose a new government. This one is about to be smashed into a million pieces.

Hamas is scrambling for a cease-fire, but their bluff has been called. They’ve cheated one too many times, and now they teeter on extinction.

And what shall we see when Hamas meets its end? Will the protests against Israeli ”attrocities” get louder, shriller?

No. Because decisive victory is what silences the bored bloggers and politically distant sign-toters. There’ll be a deafening silence, just as there was when America quelled the Iraqi insurgency. We’ll hear the wind blowing, the leaves ruffling and the crickets creaking.

That is why there is no substitute for victory. Let future leaders  learn from Iraq and Gaza. The best way to defeat enemies domestic and abroad is to calmly go about doing your business, knowing that there will always be dissent. And that the dissenters are in many cases those who would ask of others what they themselves would never consider doing themselves. If there were people across the street on which they lived, shooting at their house, the dissenters would call the police, who are endowed with the legal authority to use force to bring order and enforce the law. But when aggression takes place in far-off lands, the dissenter feels empowered to beg restraint–and then brings out the tired old accusations of fascism and attrocity if a state’s military is used to end aggression.

15
Jan
09

Obama inherits a Not-So-New World Order

Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments. ~Frederick the Great

 

Here we go.

Obama’s off to a tough start. His pick for Treasury Secretary has lost his moral authority, Leon Panetta has no experience in a field which is incredibly complex and has immediate and powerful consequences.

Israel–whatever Obama decides is the proper course of action in Gaza– will remain a country that strongly divides Obama’s own constituents; Many liberal Jews for instance support Israel’s actions, while the “War is Never the Answer” crowd despise Israel.

Russia will continue to test the world’s limits, seeking an identity that convinces its people that the years between 1965 and 1990 were the Good ‘Ol Days. Every failing culture has to remember the Good ‘Ol Days, because the Right Now Days are bitter and it’s too painful to admit one’s own guilt.

Our southern neighbor, Mexico, teeters on the verge of collapse, and is getting little media attention. Narco-terrorists, governmental corruption and impending finacial disaster have colluded to bring down a country that was once considerd hopeful.

International terrorism, or more plainly put–the global jihadist movement–will continue to threaten the United States, and even more so–Europe. Europe is still slumbering after a half-decade of American military protection. Under Obama’s term, I believe that we will witness several major attacks against Europe from Islamist extremists.

Then there’s the economy…

All of the finger pointers can’t hide. The world knows who you are, because you’ve trumpeted your message for so long and with so much hyperbolic vitriol. Those who blamed Bush for their plugged toilets and burnt toast will soon get a firm dose of reality. The world is a bad place, and when one takes the seat of the toughest job in the world, it all comes caving in on you. The finger pointers will lie, they’ll try to hide, they’ll make excuses for what happens to America and the world over the next 4-8 years. That won’t change the truth.

So this new world–which bears a striking resemblance to the same world I’ve lived in for 37 years–is now Obama’s to manage. The near-impotent State Department will continue to put on a smart charade, to which ultra-leftists can applaud. But in the end, only the strong survive.

04
Jan
09

Israel invades Gaza.

A man cannot lay down the right of resisting them that assault him by force, to take away his life. ~ Thomas Hobbes

To my admitted surprise, Israel has wisely committed ground forces to Gaza, resisting the urge at a self-congratulatory admiration of their air power’s fireworks.

Men and boots get real work done.

Hamas will use civilians and sacred areas as a defense. Not only will this hinder Israeli attempts at killing militants, it will also be food for fawning cameras should the civilians be killed. There will be no photos of dead Israeli soldiers. Only, limp children in the arms of crying mothers, only the torn bodies of Hamas militants splayed on stretchers. What could be a trillion words will be reduced to a thousand–in a single photo of a leveled mosque or a school reduced to pebbles.

Many will secretly hope that Israel fails in its quest to destroy Hamas, all the while spouting hollow words about Zionist attrocities and conspiracies. They may as well present us with the updated version of, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Most of these people don’t really want peace, they want Israel to lose, and peace can be the simple and convenient tool of the hatemonger.

Palestinians will be better off with Hamas gone.





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