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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Choose Your Battles



Normality highly values its normal man.

It educates children to lose themselves

and to become absurd, and thus to be normal.

Normal men have killed perhaps 100, 000

of their fellow normal men in the last fifty years

--R. D. Laing


He who would turn himself into an angel

turns himself into a beast

--Blaise Pascal


If I go there will be trouble

An’ if I stay it will be double

So come on and let me know!

--Should I Stay or Should I Go?

The Clash

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Ranger takes issue with a local Veterans Day editorial supporting our troops since "America is at war today" where they are fighting for our "freedoms and liberty" (Brothers Who Went to War).

With all due respect to the editor, while we are engaged in combat we are not at war, be it legal or moral. Wars can be won or lost, but the combat in which our soldiers are engaged can never gain victory. Iraq will remain destabilized whether the U.S. stays or goes; one certitude is that neither the Iraqi people nor their government are pro-USA (aside from some Western-educated elites who spoke so glowingly of the invasion on various U.S. talk shows in 2003).

Afghanistan is clearly lost when President Hamid Karzai said last week his country will join with Brother Pakistan should the U.S. ever invade that country. Neither the people nor the governments of AFPAK are our friends, and the next elections in Pakistan will surely usher in more anti-US representation.

But that is elective government, and we are fighting for these countries to be able to choose against their occupiers (=us) -- is this nihilistic act that of a sensible nation? The War on Terror has been a lose-lose for the U.S.. Field Marshall Rommel said in World War II, Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning. We ignore that seemingly obvious dictum to our detriment.

What rights are we fighting for when our police now cow protesters exercising their rights of free speech and assembly? We began to lose our grip on our vaunted rights when we entered the dark world of torture, rendition and suspension of habeas corpus. The loosing continued with the trampling of the Geneva Conventions. Now our Presidents put out hits on U.S. citizens suspected of being terrorists, sans trial (see Anwar al-Awlaki).

Our soldiers may be fighting, but it is not war. This fight does not reflect the legal, moral or spiritual values of our once-great nation.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Blackhawk said...

I finally did what I ordinarily would never do, I watched a documentary on the AF/PAC war called 'Restrepo' about a platoon of US Soldiers on an FOB on a hill in Helamand Provence in the heart of Taliban country. As I watched, I noticed that I must have wrote the script because I knew the lines and emotions before they were spoke or felt.

It was Vietnam all over again except for the free-fire zones and the need for agent orange. After 32 years of war, first Russians, who considered the whole of Afghanistan a free-fire zone; now the Americans seen by the locals as a sure fire way to get killed by the Taliband, and the Federal Reserve; "You killed 5 chickens, pay us $500 and call it even". The brass, the same 'Nam' assholes redux. I'm still in shock at how any idiot could think this was 'democracy crusade' was winable.

I screwed up my courage and followed the film up by watching the Danish documentary 'Armadillo' the only difference was the language, a 6 month tour instead of our standard 15 month 'walk' in the sun, same-same otherwise.

The next day I spent locked in my room watching the Three Stooges....nuck-nuck

Friday, November 18, 2011 at 8:19:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

BH,

The Stooges were the logical final installment of your trilogy of film-watching, no? They were the explication, as it were.

Friday, November 18, 2011 at 10:26:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

BH,
Newsweek has ancover story on the alienated from society military. Did these fucks see the movie or read the book called Viet Nam.
In Restrepo the operation yielded SSG GIUNTA the MOH. This was his unit and time of service.
I was impressed in Rest. at the arrogant prick of a CO CDR. I'd bet money and give you odds that he's WP'er.
There was a French movie in the 60's about a FR For Leg unit manning a road block in VN. Restrepo was a instant replay.
As always thanks for writing and a late Happy Vets day. You earned it.
jim sometimes called Cpt. Miller.:)

Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 1:23:00 PM GMT-5  

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