"The superior man is catholic and no partizan. The mean man is a partizan and not catholic." (君子周而不比、小人比而不周。) ─ Confucius, The Analects, 2.XIV, translation by James Legge.
Labels: America the Beautiful, Central Asia, War and Rumors of War
posted by Iosue Andreas Sartorius at 11:56 AM (Permalink)
I can't find fault with what General Mattis said. Sounds a bit like chivalry to me.And frankly, I don't care if Muslims pay lip service to the virtues of the Mother of God or not—if they justify the abuse and mistreatment of women by recourse to their religion, then I can't say my opinion of them would be much different than the good General's.
The comments probably would never be said by a man own defending his own homeland. Protecting your wife and children from invading hordes would not be "fun," it would be a solemn duty. Such comments could only be said by a foreign invader.
+JMJ+ Joshua, there was a Catholic blog I stopped reading after the blogger posted a video of US troops howling in glee at the sight of a tower full of enemy soldiers suddenly blowing up. I was just horrified. Even if someone needs to be killed so that you may survive, his death is no excuse to party.The blogger explained that when someone is in a war zone, has lost buddies, has just been shot at for several hours, etc., you can't expect him not to cheer when the enemy is blown up like that. And he said that anyone who has completed a tour of duty would agree with him. That's very likely true.On the other hand, anyone with historical experience of being invaded by the United States would see it differently. If anyone has the right to cheer at armed enemy troops being blown up . . . (Do I even want to finish that sentence?)
Most neo-American, neo-Catholic blogs make me want to puke.
I agree that these neo-American, neo-Catholic blogs do a lot of empty chest thumping. I had a few beers one night with a young Army vet who took part in the Fallujah operation. He told me that that mission was the longest part of his life. Going from house to house with looks of elderly people, young women and toddlers scared at the mere sight of you just ate him up on the inside. What it made it worse was being in firefights in the midst of people's homes and almost pulling the trigger on maybe an old lady just tryin' to duck for cover. So this blogger that said that anyone with a tour of duty over there would agree with him probably doesn't know some of the vets I do. This Army vet I talked to said he felt alienated when people would keep Thankin him for defending our freedom. He thought it was useless to try to explain anymore the reality of his experiences there.As far as the remarks of the Marinegeneral goes , yes there is a thrill in the heat of combat that some of the vets told me about, but it's the aftermath that lingers with some of them.
Fallujah must have been one hell of a battle. A milbloger's description I once read was unforgettable. He was watching hell rain down on the city, and fell pity for anyone unfortunate enough to have been in it at the time.This same milblogger also had an eloquent post about how he was not defending anyone's freedom in Iraq; freedom must be defended at home.
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