No victory, unless total victory?

August 17th, 2006

Has anyone else noticed the trend of viewing terrorist groups as the “victors” as long as they aren’t completely annihilated in the fight?

Of course, sildenafil pilule the people who share that view would NEVER stand for the sort of things you have to do to achieve “total” victory…

…things like firebombing civillians and nuking cities.

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  • 1. Billiam  |  August 17th, 2006 at 8:21 pm

    That’s the type of war I think Americans, except uner the most extreme circumstances, have lost their stomach for. I don’t know if we could fight an all-out war in these days of the SHORT soundbite. That type of war means sacrifice the likes of which this country hasn’t seen in 60 years. It requires unselfish unity, something else I don’t think there is much left of, in this multi-cultural, moral equivilence based society. Too much one ups manship, and a society apathetic.

  • 2. Peter  |  August 20th, 2006 at 11:17 am

    My father is a World War II veteran (US Navy). He says he believes we no longer have the will to fight the type of war necessary to preserve this nation, and sadly the appeasement monkeys all over the political spectrum who start wringing their hands over a few casualties are proving him right.

    If this generation had been around during WWII with today’s media, I shudder to think how we would have handled D-Day or the Battle of the Bulge or Iwo Jima, which were Allied victories with huge loss of life or, say, Operation Market Garden, which was an Allied defeat.

    On the latter, they’d have been calling for Eisenhower to resign and FDR to be impeached; on the former, they’d have been questioning whether it was worth it and shouldn’t we just cut and run after declaring victory.

  • 3. Brian  |  August 20th, 2006 at 12:14 pm

    I think you’re all forgetting your history. The Greatest Generation didn’t willingly head to war – they were drug kicking and screaming into the conflict. Did they have teh balls to do what had to be done? Sure. But not until they were into it with both feet.

    We’re not there, yet. We’ve been attacked – but the Japanese were provoking a war for years before 1941. Google ‘Panay’ and read the Wikipedia article.

    This generation does not lack the balls to do what needs to be done. Every generation since the Revolution has thought so – and we’ve proven them wrong.

  • 4. Administrator  |  August 21st, 2006 at 12:02 am

    Every generation since the Revolution has thought so Рand we’ve proven them wrong.

    Hey ,Brian.

    I’d say not “every generation.”

    Perhaps you’re heard of Vietnam?

  • 5. Brian  |  August 21st, 2006 at 7:30 am

    I’ve heard of it. Vietnam wasn’t a failure of the American fighting spirit but a failure of the leadership to correctly prosecute that war.

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