We keep talking about war, but what does it mean today? In the context of history, not much.
In times past, we did not worry a lot about “civilian casualties”. Why? The enemy included people that were not necessarily directly involved, but were directly, or indirectly in support. Hence, they died, too.
From the time of the Civil War, (and from way before that) people perished that had no direct military influence. Remember Sherman? In his march to the sea, he literally burned entire cities to the ground, killing thousands. In WW1, both sides used mustard gas, killing not just each other, but entire nearby villages as well. In WW2, many thousands died in Britain from V2 rockets, and many thousands more died from allied bombings. Dresden is a good example. Hiroshima and Nagasaki also serve.
So, what happened? In a word, Vietnam. It started OK, as a small action, but fairly quickly morphed into a very limited war that was impossible to win. Overrun a village and kill everybody? Not a chance.
Fast forward to Afghanistan. We went in with a women’s war. (Offense intended.) The rules of engagement make it impossible to win. Can’t shoot if “civilians”, women, or children could be hit. Collateral damage is no longer acceptable. How do you expect to win if you cannot fight? The history of Afghanistan is littered with failures. The Dutch, the Brits, and, more recently the Russians have all had their butts kicked, and left with their tails tucked firmly between their legs. We are about to do the same.
For history’s stake, the last group to conquer Afghanistan was the Mongols. Genghis Khan and his hordes did it by killing every male over 10. There was no resistance for a number of years thereafter.
Iraq? Another women’s war. We began well, but then started worrying about “civilian” casualties. They had no such compunctions. The only time in my life that I ever agreed with Joe Biden was when he suggested that we partition Iraq into Kurd, Shiite, and Sunni areas, and get the hell out. But we didn’t. And now, we are losing Iraq, as well.
Now, we are at the brink with Iran. A nuclear armed Iran is totally unacceptable. Please, keep the women out of this conflict. Just kill them all. A Nuke or three will work. And, don’t engage in Nation building. Dead nations are of little risk.


One thought on “War?

  1. W.C. Litzinger says:

    Damn the torpedoes full speed ahead!

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