I am a Vietnam Combat Veteran and after two tours in Vietnam my knowledge of warfare was pretty much limited to how to stay alive in hostile territory and how to keep my men alive and that my friends was a lot to know.
When the American public turned against the Vietnam War ( and especially against those who served ) we pulled out; job unfinished. And the inevitable purges and genocide ensued. All those lives on both sides of the issue were lost for naught because Americans in general and more specifically American politicians never read, much less understood, The Art of War.
When we went into Afghanistan I understood the need but questioned the wisdom. History has told us and the whole world that no one has ever ruled Afghanistan and no one ever will.
Going into Iraq was the second most stupid mistake this country has ever made in modern times; electing Obama being the first most stupid thing. The reasons why may be the subject of an article at some future date.
When I was a kid, very often the last words spoken before the first punch was thrown in a fist fight was: “I don’t want to fight you.”....SMACK! First punch thrown. And that my friends is the truth about war.
The truth about war is that once one party feels sufficiently offended such that violence is required, violence will commence ... and soon. Once the fight begins, typically there will be one “winner” and one “loser” and very seldom do the combatants ever “break it up and shake hands and be friends”. Somehow it just does not work that way.
Although we never teach it in school any more, we Americans cherish our Declaration of Independence as one of this nation’s “birthing documents”. But just what is the true nature of our Declaration of Independence? To us, it is a statement of our need to be a free people. To the British Crown, it is a declaration of WAR. And even today, after two world wars, if you live in England you will hear the occasional testy remark about “the colonies”. Some old wounds never heal.
And that is the reality about America and the Muslim world.
THEY declared WAR on US!
The fundamentalist Muslims have declared America “The Great Satan” and have declared “Jihad” or “Holy War” against us.
In the final analysis, America has but two choices: Either bend over in submission to the demands of Muslim fundamentalists and Sharia Law or eradicate it from the face of the earth once and for all.
Many are the times that I have argued for “the good Muslims” because in my heart I truly want to believe that they exist; those Muslims who simply want to adhere to their beliefs without interfering with the rights of others to do the same.
But at the same time, I am reminded of my experiences in Iran where I was working when the Shah was thrown under the bus by then President Jimmy Carter. As the Shah’s government withered away under the onslaught of the Muslim fundamentalists under the Ayatollah Khomeini some of the members of the Iranian Imperial Air Force (IIAF) that I had called “friend” turned against me simply because I am not Muslim and I am reasonably sure they would have gladly taken my life because of it given the chance.
America is at war with the Muslim world whether we want to admit it or not.
Islam demands that all "non-believers" be put to death.
There can be no reconciliation between our two worlds.
A simple cold hard fact that we must come to grips with and damned soon at that. What the Obama regime is doing at this juncture is the equivalence of “I don’t want to fight with you.”... and SMACK! That first punch will be thrown and it will be a “hay maker”. Nine-Eleven (9/11) was but a “single-digit-wave” by the Muslim world to America...the fist is not long in coming.
And the ugly reality of any war is that there will be collateral damage; innocents will be hurt and even killed. And it is that one truth about war that haunts us who have served; more so than anything else we may have experienced. It is the one aspect of war that we would change if we could. But that ugly reality will never deter us from the mission at hand.
It is a mission that America must embrace or this nation is lost forever.