Monday, June 3, 2013
No, Waleed. A War Against Totalitarians is Never Fair. !
We have here in Australia a fellow that's a real ''Wally'': (Aussie slang for a douche-bag). Muslim Waleed Aly, a leftist academic and Australian Broadcasting Corp host, is angry that U.S. soldiers are fighting in ways which makes it impossible for the Taliban to kill them. This bleeding heart for terrorists says; ''Drones so radically and fundamentally alter the nature of war that they risk making what seems far less grave, and far easier to wage, Each side confronts the other, with the risk of death and defeat. In short, war should come at a cost. That contact is shredded when you're attacked by something that cannot itself be killed. It's not remotely a fair fight.
A word to Aly. There is no contract of the kind you imagine. The contract a society has is actually with its citizens, not its enemies. That contract is to fight for the society's self-protection using whatever means it has to minimise its own losses and maximise those of it foes. For the United States to do anything other is not remotely fair to its citizens and to those it asks to fight for them. It has next to no obligation to be fair to terrorists. But what we are seeing in the battlefield is not just a clash of technology -- drones against AK-47s and roadside bombs. It is a clash of cultures, and the weaponry is a product and a measure of each.
The reason the U.S. has drones is it has cultural qualities that Islamic societies -- especially those producing Talibani -- have so long lacked. It has honored learning, put reason above dogma, encouraged free thought, defended free speech, governed by the rule of law and tolerated heresy. It has opened itself to the world and given its citizens a voice and power through democracy, perhaps the greatest source of its power. Such a society will inevitably have a scientific edge over its enemies. That edge helps it to survive even against terrorists who do not share, for instance, its respect for the lives of not just its own soldiers but of the innocent in the lands of its enemies. The culture behind the weaponry is what makes this fight not fair, and no person or reason should wish otherwise.
For ''Wally'' Aly to oppose the use of drones is not just to argue for more U.S. and NATO soldiers to be killed, it is to demand the U.S. give up the fruits of democracy and free inquiry, leaving those values more defenceless against savage cultures pledged to destroy them. You can side with the drones or with the suicide vests. But in doing so you make a choice not just between technologies, but between freedom and oppression. Pakistan got a reality check the other day. The U.S. drone strike that killed the Pakistani Taliban's No, 2 deadshit has delivered a powerful message to the newly elected government that the controversial drone program can work in its interests.
The death of Waliur Rehman ( left ) comes just days after President Barack Obama outlined stricter protocols for drones, promising lethal force would be used only if a target posed ''a continuous, imminent threat to the American people.'' Rehman, 40 years old, and second only to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan commander Hakimullah Mehsud, is understood to have coordinated dozens of suicide attacks on Pakistani civilians, waged guerrilla was against Pakistani troops and conducted cross-border attacks against NATO troops fighting the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. His death last Wednesday, along with at least five others, in a missile strike on a Taliban safe house near the North Waziristan capital, Miran Shah, removes a powerful anti-state actor ahead of mooted peace talks between the new government and the homegrown terror outfit.
The Way I See it....Waleed Aly needs to smarten up and stop his moralising. I wonder how many more of his type, living in Australia, agree with his terrorist sympathies of fairness. The Pakistan Taliban have demonstrated exactly what it thinks of free inquiry and free speech and the education of girls. These scum of Allah took part in the attempted assassination of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai ( right ) in October, who had campaigned for girls' education. A society with those values is never going to be a pioneer in high-tech weapons.
I mentioned above the real war contract a society has -- not with its enemy but with its people and its soldiers. Few described it better than did General George Patton. He said quite succinctly, ''No bastard ever won a war dying for his country. You won it by making the other dumb bastard die for his country.'' Enough said Aly....you Wally!