Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Some poor Marine shoots some lucky bastard

On the theme of crimes and punishment, we contemplate the photographs of the incident in Fallujah, in which a member of a Marine patrol during a re-entry into a building, shoots a wounded enemy. Some write that the man was unarmed. That may not have been obvious even to the group of Marines and the journalist in the room. Experience has shown that guerilla fighters have been known to booby-trap bodies, equipment, weapons, in short anything. Also, a wounded enemy can still pose a threat, especially to a young fighter who has received gunfire during the past, recent or distant.

Consider the defunct Jihadist or whoever that man was. He is now dead. He feels no pain. According to Islamic teachings he is in Paradise. It is the young Marine who, having to live with this and other experiences, and having to face public opinion, a military trial, and whatever else is still happening there and with his family, should get our sympathy and support.

We in the West, in America or Europe or many s0 called advanced industrial nations, have become lily-livered and yellow-bellied. We are bleeding hearts too conditioned to our suburban comforts, our urban excesses, our living room couch potato mentalities. If we were Iraqi Sunna or Shia resistance fighters, or Palestinian freedom fighters, we would not be weeping over Margaret Hassan's, Kevin Begley's, or any other kidnap victim's death. We would not be wringing our hands over the fate of the 9/11 victims.

So why are we getting so upset at the mercy shooting of a man who was in all likelihood a terrorist, an enemy fighter, one who fought alongside and likely sympathized with kidnappers and bombers of civilians? This is war, this is a war to the bitter end. As Cato the Elder urged the Senate, so must we urge on our alliance and its governments to crush the resistance in Fallujah, Mosul, Baquba, Bagdad, and other places. "Delenda est Cartago! Delenda est Cartago!" he would cry every day, until Rome sent its forces to crush Carthage in the Third Punic War.


At Sunday, November 06, 2005 5:47:00 PM, Anonymous Ree said...

THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!!....Someone else (besides me) FINALLY has the balls to say it plainly, openly, and unapologetically....I found this site by surfing and came across your posting...I am former military, have a fianc? that is still military (and has fought in Saudi & Kuwait) and I'm currently working in homeland security.....Your words have been my words for quite sometime...This is WAR, people are wounded, people are killed, people are tortured.....THAT'S WHAT WAR's not suppose to be pretty, peaceful, or quant....AMERICANS NEED TO GET A CLUE!!!!!! And if anyone has an issue over this that can refer to and watch the videos of the hostages these people torture and kill WITHOUT a thought or tear for their enemies well being....these people CANNOT BE REFORMED...they CANNOT BE REHABILITATED, they know one thing and one thing only KILL THE ENEMY AT ALL COST!!!

At Tuesday, November 29, 2005 9:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The original poster's quotation from Cato is perfect: after the Second Punic War, Carthage presented no threat to Rome, Cato's obsession with Carthage is largely unexplained, and history has judged the Third Punic War to be a great crime -- undoubtedly the fate of GW Bush and our insane Iraqi adventure.


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