……waking up this morning, I was thinking about war. I have no clue as to why this was on my mind first thing in the morning, but it was, and the wheels in my head were turning…..
Generally speaking, I would say that if one is going to fight in a war, then it should be done with the utmost violence. The reason being to compel the enemy to submit and thus stop the war.
Classic warfare involves 2 armies, representing the opposing countries, fighting each other on the battlefield until 1 side surrenders. When the fighting is over the winner’s army occupies the looser’s territory and imposes order on the populace, using the minimum amount of violence to get the job done.
Contemporary conflicts don’t seem to follow the rules I just listed above. Resistance is not confined to the battlefield, rather it seems to be very widespread throughout the enemy population. Two current examples come to mind: the Palastinians vs Israel and the Shiite’s fighting the United States in Iraq. Neither of these groups has an army that can stand up to the U.S. Army, rather it seems that the civilians are fighting us.
How can we win such a war, when the enemy will not submit ? It seems to me that rather than fighting the enemy to make them submit, it may be necessary to totally destroy them. Either that or we just walk away, otherwise I think the fighting will go on forver.
It seems to me that the most effective, quick, and efficient way to destroy an enemy would be to kill as many women and children as possible: make them the prime targets, rather than the men. Once the women and children are gone, the men are doomed.
LORD HAVE MERCY, I shudder to even mention such a thing ! I certainly do not advocate or condone killing women and children, but it does have a certain cold logic to it……
perhaps we should just walk away, I don’t know, war is a terrible thing.