“Dictators don’t stop killing and torturing people
because people sing folk songs and write poetry politely asking them to stop.
They stop because men with guns and bombs kill them and their followers.”
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It's good thing that today's
casualty obsessed TV news anchors and reporters weren't around in the Civil
War to show us every time a soldier had an arm blown off or was killed. If
they had been, the slaves would probably still be slaves.
If the hand-wringing hair types had been frowning during the Revolutionary
War we'd still be drinking tea instead of light beer. And heaven forbid if
these history-challenged fools had been babbling into their lipstick cameras
during World War II. We'd be a nation of slaves.
It's not too strong to call some of these people idiots. And it's not too
strong to suggest that their ignorance of history, especially military
history endangers human liberty.
Somehow these people--and through them, millions of Americans--have gotten it
into their tiny minds that wars are dainty, orderly, deathless exercises, and
not the chaotic, brutal and hellish events that they are.
And unfortunately for all of us, the professional frowners apparently believe
that humans gain their freedom merely by wishing for it or by singing folk
The TV fools were ecstatic during the first couple days of the war with Iraq.
They were awed by the spectacular pyrotechnic display the U.S. put on in day
two when the military blew up a bunch of Saddam Hussein's buildings in
Baghdad. And they were giddy, because, despite the mighty display of force,
it appeared that no one was killed.
But they were in deep funks by day four when a few Americans and some Iraqi
civilians were killed. And they appeared shocked when the Iraqis started
fighting back and began taking prisoners.
In their dangerous and irresponsible ways the TV people began declaring it a
bloody day and a U.S. setback when fewer than 10 of our soldiers were killed.
When fewer than 50 Americans out of a force of 100,000 had been killed or
captured, they were frowning and referring to high casualties. And they began
babbling about a prolonged war when we were only nine days into this fight.
The TV people and all Americans should read some history.
A truly bloody situation and "setback" is when Hitler hurls three
million troops, 2,500 tanks and 3,000 airplanes against your country (the
Soviet Union in World War II) and kills and captures several hundred thousand
of your troops in the first six weeks of war.
Big deal casualties are the seven million fighting men and women the Soviets
lost in that war. Large civilian casualties are the 20 million citizens the
Soviets lost in just four years of fighting.
If it's a ruthless war against civilians the TV glamour people are looking
for they shouldn't focus on the couple hundred or so Iraqi civilians that
have been killed in Baghdad so far, but to the 900,000 people of Leningrad
who died during the 900 day Nazi siege of their city. Or to the fire bombing
that Hitler's air force carried out against British cities during the Battle
of Britain. Or to the Japanese, who thought that raping women with swords and
beheading people was great fun in Nanking.
When Churchill took over from the appeasing Chamberlain in World War II he
told the Brits he could offer them only "blood, tears, toil and sweat."
Today's TV anchors and news analysts would have called him a war criminal.
In World War II 405,000 of our soldiers were killed fighting the fanatical
Japanese and Germans. Those are big losses. But that was about three-tenths
of a percent of our population of 131 million.
The allies landed 170,000 troops at Normandy on June 5, 1944. The Nazis
launched savage counter attacks to drive them back into the English Channel.
It took weeks of terrible fighting and enormous casualties for the Allies to
break out of Normandy. They eventually liberated France and crushed the
Germans. Brokaw and Jennings and company would have proclaimed the invasion a
failure in the first 20 minutes.
In our Revolutionary war we lost 25,324 soldiers killed, or six-tenths of a
percent of our 3.9 million people. The TV babblers would have wailed into
their cameras about the horrific, frozen conditions at Valley Forge and would
have urged Washington to quit.
The Civil War was our bloodiest. About 620,000 Americans died on both sides.
That was 1.9 percent of the combined population of 31 million.
And in the war with Iraq? As of March 30, 39 killed, 16 missing and seven
captured for a total of 62. That's out of a population of 284 million.
Wars are awful. Soldiers die in them and civilians are brutalized. A single
casualty is catastrophic for the wife, kids, parents and siblings of the dead
soldier. But things like freedom, justice and a respect for human rights must
be fought for. Evil, demented dictators don't stop killing and torturing
people because people sing folk songs and write poetry politely asking them
to stop. They stop because men with guns and bombs kill them and their
In the Civil War Grant and Sherman waged brutal war against Lee and the
slave-loving South. Sherman destroyed huge swaths--homes, farms, factories,
railroads and whole towns--of the South in an effort to break its will to
Grant threw his men into nearly suicidal charges against the enemies of
freedom, losing tens of thousands of troops in the process. But he won, and
the world is a better place for it.
These two generals shared another trait besides the ability to wage all-out
war on behalf of freedom. They thought that many reporters were stupid and a
danger to the war effort.
History does repeat itself.
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