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REQUIEM

Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010

8/29/2006

Rules of War

One of the most important, eloquent and insightful
observations I’ve read in recent memory:



Today, in the conflict between the West and Islamists, a cultural discrepancy between the rulebooks of the two sides exists that is far greater than any that existed in World War II. Indeed, the West cannot even decide what acts by our adversaries are war, and which are crimes or 'isolated incidents.'

The greatest discord between the two playbooks centers around the concept of group guilt and the fairness of the targeting of civilians. The cultures of our enemies have a sweeping concept of both group guilt and group honor, with some groups believing, for example, that if one Israeli harms one Muslim, then every Muslim should be angry at every Israeli, and their allies the Americans, and the United Nations, and all Christianity and all Jews and even all the West.

This same cultural tradition of group honor, group guilt, and group retribution is what leads a group of non-government directed Arab expatriates to believe that killing thousands of secretaries and stock brokers in Manhattan is a logical direct reaction to military defeat of Arab armies by Israel, and that they should personally take it upon themselves to accomplish that endeavor.

To be blunt, this means we will need to extract a price not just from those that form the tip of the Islamist spear, but from the entire populations that produce them in such numbers. To win, we may have to make certain cultures regret such support and we may need to temporarily accept our enemy's rules of war, rather than just whine that they are not ours … Mac Johnson


The Patriot Post (PatriotPost.US)
(http://patriotpost.us/pub/06-35_Brief-print.htm)
Vol. 06 No. 35 Brief 28, August 2006


~ joanie

5 comments:

daveburkett said...

Bravo Mac Johnson for telling it like it is!

StoneMason said...

The writing is good but the pictures say even more.

3timesalady said...

God bless the Patriot Post! You see so much good news and opinion there that you see noplace else. While Fox News claims to be "fair and balanced" they are getting more and more like the MSM every day, but the Patriot Post can always be counted on to cover the stories we need to know and analyze them fairly.

Anonymous said...

[Muslims believe] if one Israeli harms one Muslim, then every Muslim should be angry at every Israeli, and their allies the Americans, and the United Nations, and all Christianity and all Jews and even all the West.

There's the rub.

Good analysis.

KathyMlynczak said...

I've heard both Newt Gingrich and Charles Krauthammer say things along similar lines. It looks like great minds think alike.