And it can all be done with rhetorical questions.
What was the last thing we won? I mean, after years of conflict, 10s, 100s, of thousands of deaths on both sides. Have we done that since? How did we win that last big thing?
Our current enemy puts bombs on their own children to walk them amongst our people and then blows them up, not all of them, but enough. They strap on bombs of their own, and blow themselves up in the middle of market places, killing men women and children indiscriminately, to strike fear into our hearts so we will leave them. From there, they will come here. Not all of them, but enough.
How do we strike that fear into their hearts, so that they will leave us alone? We don’t want to possess their countries. We didn’t go there to conquer them, but they want to conquer us. Their “holy book” tells them to behead the infidel, to force their religion on all others or kill them if they won’t convert.
I, on the other hand, do not give a flying fuck what G/god/ess/esses you want to believe in or how you want to worship it/them, so long as you don’t try to force me to do it your way through fear.
I’ve said before, I am a pragmatist. I’ve also said those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. And we all know about the Stockholm Syndrome. I don’t want to force my eclectic beliefs on them, and I damn sure don’t want them to force their devil worship on me. You do your thing, I’ll do mine, and if somehow we come together it’s beautiful.
You’ve got those who say not all of them are like that. Fine. If there are more that don’t than do, control the “radical” ones. If not, get ready to meet your true fate.
The last thing we decisively won was through massive destruction. By not using the fear that we will do it again if you don’t leave us alone, everything since 1945 has been our loss. We piss away billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives, we lose the finest of our people and tuck our tails and run.
Do I want it? No. Is it necessary? It would appear so. That has been what was on my mind.
I’ve seen it, it is ugly, I don’t want to see it again. But if I must, then so be it.
I am fond of pointing out that European militaries command awesome combat power. In a couple of instances, they have weapons that harness the very power of the sun. Yet, and yet, they are powerless to stop third-world primitives from invading Europe by means of rubber rafts and walking on tennis shoes carrying diaper bags.
What good are these weapons and the supposed monopoly on the use of force if weapons are not used? Forget employing overwhelming, obliterating force. After clear warnings, just sink one boat and resort to a bit of grape shot at the border fence to show that they mean business.
In matters large (your point) and small, the invaders know that Western nations don't mean business.
Yet that is what we must do, Col. We must mean business, and show it. That was my argument.
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