Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth.

First Inaugural Address of George Washington...April 30, 1789

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Abraham Lincoln said:

"In this age, and in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it nothing can suceed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions."

James Madison Declared

The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the PEOPLE altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, wherever the derivative may be found, RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE ALONE. (Federalist Papers, No. 46, p.294; emphasis added.)

Friday, December 4, 2009

WAR is about KILLING

The movie Letters from Iwo Jima is a very good movie but it could never have been made during the days of the Second World War; the timing would have been all wrong. During the war we did not want to think of Japanese soldiers as being human beings with wives and families and the things that are shared by all sentient beings. During war the prime objective is to kill the enemy as fast and in great enough numbers to entirely wipe him that there is not a chance of him coming back some day and re- initiating retaliation. Ancient civilizations knew this simple fact. Today we seem to forget what they knew; they knew that you don't want to understand your enemy you simply want to dehumanize him and kill him before he can kill you.

I understand and respect the position of Professor Marc Falkoff of Northern Illinois University but I disagree with his timing and maybe his motivation because I cannot read his mind. During a time of war we cannot afford the luxury of trying to understand and show the enemy compassion; our job is to win and to win the enemy has to be dehumanized and made into a beast that needs to be killed and destroyed. It is difficult to kill a fellow human being if you attribute to him feelings of love of family, wife, children and all the good attributes we attach to humanity. Therefore both sides, in war, dehumanize the enemy so that killing can be made easier and less traumatic to the individual doing the killing; it is not a natural act that comes naturally to most of us but has to be taught and drilled into us...thank God.

I believe that the time for understanding, showing compassion for reading his reflections and poetry is after we have won the War on Terrorism. To do so when we are engaged in it would only weaken our resolve and focus on VICTORY, a word that I did not hear once during President Obama's speech at West Point.

1 comment:

Gus said...

Feeling compassion for detainees, if indeed that is what Professor Falkoff's talk would be all about (and I'm not sure that it is) and having the goal of winning the War on Terror are not mutually exclusive.

No one knows whether the detainees are terrorists. Many of the rabid and ugly commenters on the Northwest Herald and the Daily Herald website would just execute all the detainees and be done with them. "Give 'em a fair trial and string 'em up." Maybe skip the fair-trial part.

I hope all with an interest in hearing Professor Falkoff will show up, keep the mouths shut and listen to what he has to say or read, and then form and express opinions. Unfortunately, I worry that they will show up with cotton in their ears and bullhorns at their lips.