"If the people want to raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking. Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster." (General William Tecumseh Sherman)
After these long years, it must be obvious to most people, as it is to myself; our nation can not win the war against terrorism and show them mercy at the same time. You can not win in battle unless you fight to win, fighting not to lose is not a good offense, but it will certainly get you killed. I can't emphasize enough that our armed forces, are engaged in battle with an enemy that may prove to be the most formidable this country has ever faced. They are facing an enemy that has never showed mercy, and will show no mercy in their conflict with America. Islam, in their eyes are at war with the Great Satan, Islam is engaged in a holy war. The Muslim is bestowed great honor for killing infidels, they take pride in martyrdom. They will blow themselves up to kill Americans. They've done it in the past, they are doing it now. You can not defeat Islam, by showing them mercy. The Muslims perceive mercy as weakness. The followers of Muhammad, will take advantage of any weakness they see in the American strategy, and or the American ranks. It must be remembered they want to kill Infidels, and unless you are Muslim, you are, and our fighting men are Infidels.
I believe it was General Curtis LeMay that said: " You've got to kill your enemy, and when you've killed enough of them, they'll stop fighting. "When a nation enters a war, if the object isn't unconditional victory over your enemy, then you should not engage in it, in the first place." (Sgt. J. Roth)
Here are some of the rules of engagement our armed forces are required to obey in Afghanistan: "If there are or may be civilians in the area, and you are under attack, disengage; If you see an (insurgent) has dropped his weapon, you can't fire on him, even if he was firing at you; If you see an (insurgent) walking away from an IED (improvised explosive device), you can't engage him; No surprise night searches of homes; No searches of homes without Afghan police or Afghan army present to conduct the search; even when fired upon, do not fire indiscriminately; do not tear down the homes of insurgents. And never, ever use words like Jihad or call the terrorists anything but "insurgents". Is it any wonder why these last few months have been the deadliest for our troops and our allied troops.
General LeMay made this profound statement: "Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing. But all war is immoral and if you let it bother you, you're not a good soldier." That statement is very true, I know, I've been there, and I've questioned my own morality, and I've asked my God for strength in the heat of battle, and forgiveness when the battle was ended.
No man wants to go to war, no man wants to die for his country, but some men are willing to endure the hardships and the pain of war, so others will never have to. Our military, are hero's every one, they are the sons and daughters, brothers and sisters of Americans. They are not pawns in a war game, that our president has no intention of winning. I say LET THEM WIN, OR BRING THEM HOME!!!