Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Killing "Militants"

"It used to be said that self-preservation is the first law of nature. But much of what has been happening in recent times in the [US], and in Western Civilization in general, suggests that survival is taking a back seat to the shibboleths of political correctness. ... There was a time when people who violated the rules of war were not entitled to turn around and claim the protection of those rules. German soldiers who put on US military uniforms in order to infiltrate American lines during the Battle of the Bulge were simply lined up against a wall and shot. ... American authorities filmed the mass executions. Nobody dreamed up fictitious 'rights' for these enemy combatants who had violated the rules of war. Nobody thought we had to prove that we were nicer than the Nazis by bending over backward [BOB]. ... [BOB] is a very bad position from which to defend yourself. Nobody in those days confused [BOB] with 'the rule of law,' as Barack Obama did recently. [BOB] is the antithesis of the rule of law. It is depriving people of the protection of their laws, in order to pander to mushy notions among the elite. ...Terrorists--'militants' or 'insurgents' for those of you who are squeamish--have declared open-ended war against America. It is open-ended in methods, including beheadings of innocent civilians. President Obama can ban the phrase 'war on terror,' but he cannot ban the terrorists' war on us. ... Those who choose to live outside those laws, whether terrorists or pirates, can be--and have been--shot on sight. Squeamishness is neither law nor morality. And moral exhibitionism is beneath contempt, when it sacrifices the safety of those who live within the law for the sake of self-satisfied preening, whether in editorial offices of in the White House. ... Repercussions extend far beyond issues of the day. It is bad enough that we have a glib and sophomoric narcissist in the White House. What is worse is that whole nations that rely on the [US] for their security see how easily our president welshes on his commitments. So do other nations, including those with murderous intentions toward us, our children and grandchildren", Thomas Sowell (TS), 28 April 2009 at:

"Rules of engagement, most often references in the Geneva Convention, exist to separate depravity from 'civilized' warfare. Extending those rules and protections to those who consistently ignore them or openly flout them (such as terrorists who target civilians or behead journalists-on camera) is calculated to show its proponents as principled as well as having high-minded values (such as Sen. John McCain, who experienced torture after being captured as a uniformed memebr of a state armed force). ... We absolutely need to have principles, and to respect the Geneva rules for those who also adhere to them. However, I draw the line at those that descend to barbarism anbd depravity. The targeting of civilians and those with absolutely no connection to an armed force has to be condemned in no uncertain terms, and a failure to do so only encourages more of this activity", my emphasis, John Cox (JC) letter to the WSJ, 6 May 2009.

I quoted Leon Trotsky on 7 October 2008,; Michael Savage on 6 February 2009,

Very nice, JC. However, these are normal Islamic warfare practices. Now what? Once you've condemned the behavior, what would you do to end it?

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