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An Obvious Graduate of Survivial Training

Posted by Mark on May 21, 2005

Okay, I admit it. This is an old picture,but just just too funny to pass up. Read the caption and explanation on Snopes. com in the link. Hat tip to Moonbattery for this one.

The Universal Symbol of Coercion

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A Mass Murderer in his Underwear: Say It Isn’t So!

Posted by Mark on May 21, 2005

Okay, so it shouldn’t have happened. Whoever leaked the pictures should be found and prosecuted for stupidity, if for no other reason. Having said that….

Al-Jazeera was shocked! Shocked I tell you! And refused to put the pictures on their network out of decency concerns. A new meaning to the word irony, don’t you think? They do allow beheadings, with sound. Guess Westerners being brutally butchered does not offend the carefully tuned decency standards of the terrorist propaganda network. Showing a mass murderer who killed more Muslims in a week than the Coalition forces have in 3 years does offend. Go figure.

I wonder if the screaming victims fed feet first to Saddam’s meat grinder were wearing underwear? I’m fairly certain the women in Saddam’s rape rooms were not fully dressed. And the 4 and 5 year olds in Saddam’s children’s prison? I’m thinking they were not the essence of sartorial perfection either. Though I do think most of the Kurdish civilians were fully clothed as they died an agonizing death thanks to Saddam’s gas attack.

My point is not that we should not have a higher standard We should, and do. But its important not to fall into the moral equivalency fallacy. Saddam in his clean underwear, with his dyed hair, both paid for by my tax dollars, is not the same thing as his crimes of torture and death. I for one, am not going to lose sleep over the humiliation of a mass murderer. I think his victims, if they could speak, would likely feel the same.

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A Mass Murderer in his Underwear: Say It Isn’t So!

Posted by Mark on May 21, 2005

Okay, so it shouldn’t have happened. Whoever leaked the pictures should be found and prosecuted for stupidity, if for no other reason. Having said that….

Al-Jazeera was shocked! Shocked I tell you! And refused to put the pictures on their network out of decency concerns. A new meaning to the word irony, don’t you think? They do allow beheadings, with sound. Guess Westerners being brutally butchered does not offend the carefully tuned decency standards of the terrorist propaganda network. Showing a mass murderer who killed more Muslims in a week than the Coalition forces have in 3 years does offend. Go figure.

I wonder if the screaming victims fed feet first to Saddam’s meat grinder were wearing underwear? I’m fairly certain the women in Saddam’s rape rooms were not fully dressed. And the 4 and 5 year olds in Saddam’s children’s prison? I’m thinking they were not the essence of sartorial perfection either. Though I do think most of the Kurdish civilians were fully clothed as they died an agonizing death thanks to Saddam’s gas attack.

My point is not that we should not have a higher standard We should, and do. But its important not to fall into the moral equivalency fallacy. Saddam in his clean underwear, with his dyed hair, both paid for by my tax dollars, is not the same thing as his crimes of torture and death. I for one, am not going to lose sleep over the humiliation of a mass murderer. I think his victims, if they could speak, would likely feel the same.

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Being A Warrior

Posted by zaphriel on May 21, 2005

Background.
This is sort of a follow on to my posts on being a conservative. I had a lot of comments trying to push the view that all war was bad. During those exchanges I revealed that I am a U.S. Service Member, but I choose the words “Warrior by Trade”.
Waging war, being a warrior, and protecting the peace has been my career for over 13 years now, and to use a Mil-term, I am a “Lifer”. Patricia who is a frequent friendly commenter to this blog noticed that I used the term Warrior rather than Service member and inquired as to why.
In this post I will attempt to explain what a warrior, the value of war, and the difference between killing and murder. I will be happy to clarify points or answer questions in the comments section, but I will not engage any further into the “morality” issues so many people like to throw up to muddy what is being said. So here goes.

What is a Warrior?
Beyond the Dictionary Definition, being a warrior is a lifestyle.
A warrior does not live to engage in War, but just the opposite. A warrior prepares so that war is not necessary, but will not back down when it is.
A warrior defends those that cannot defend themselves, not necessarily those who are unwilling.
A warrior is mindful of the needs (not the wants) of those he defends (the wants are for the politicians to worry about), he realizes that he works for their interest, not his own.
A warrior is mindful of the politicians, for it is his job to implement their lawful policies, and disregard their unlawful ones. He is trained to know the difference.
A warrior fights for what he believes in. (In my case I believe in My God, My country and it’s constitution, and the people of my country).
A warrior exercises restraint when it is necessary. He will not wage a war that is not for the aim of peace.
To a warrior, there is no more noble profession; he will always be a warrior, whether or not he still bears arms.
Either by training or experience, a warrior understands the usage and necessity of war.
A warrior does not take war for granted, nor does he wage it frivolously.

The Nature and Necessity of War.
War is a grave answer to an impossible question.
A warrior only wishes to wage war when all other means of resolution have been exhausted.
War is to be carefully planned and analyzed, not rushed into fool heartedly or with hast.
Understanding ones adversary is paramount, not only then can you predict your enemy’s actions, but also you can see through his eyes and understand him, and only engage him when absolutely necessary.
The ability to wage war in a superior fashion is necessary as a deterrent to those who would destroy our society out of jealousy or greed.
In the decision to wage war, all of the information must be taken into account, not only public opinion and the media, but also your own intelligence and espionage.
For more information on the particulars of war, I suggest you read Sun Tzu: the Art of War, much of what he speaks of can also be applied to daily life and business.

Killing Versus Murder.
There is a difference between killing, and murder. Killing in a nation’s defense, either reactively or proactively, is done for the greater good. It is better to kill one person to prevent the murder of several, than it is to take no action and allow the deaths of innumerable innocents. Killing, even in war, must only be done when absolutely necessary. Murder on the other hand is unnecessary killing, or killing with the malice of forethought for one’s own pleasure or gain. Radical fundamentalists murder for their own gain, regardless of the will of the populace, warriors kill in defense of the greater good. (before you try to use the bible against me, the passage literally translates from it original language (Greek /Hebrew) as “you shall not MURDER” (NRSV Exodus 20:13) it does not say thou shalt not kill as we have been so often taught, and there are several examples in the bible of God rewarding nations for defending themselves, and punishing nations for their inaction.)

Finally, A warrior does all of this for all those he defends to allow for them to make for themselves their future without worry for their sovereignty. He does not provide the charity, but the ability to be charitable.

One could say I am conservative because I am a warrior by trade, and that may very well be true. But I do not hold anyone’s opinions against them, whether I agree or not, but I defend them at all cost. Our constitution is the greatest foundation of freedom in the world and the most worthy of defense.

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