Wednesday, August 02, 2006

the mother of all battles

I'm never averse to allowing a guest writer on my blog, and today is no exception. I wanted to write about the crisis in Lebanon, but then my mother showed me this piece she wrote and I figured it would be better to share it with you guys instead.

"Lebanon 2006: Déjà Vu All Over Again, Again" by Maura Lee August 1, 2006

A lesson cannot be learned if it is improperly understood, and it seems obvious from everything that’s been written from both sides of this sad and monstrous tale that the powers-that-be just do not get it.

The lesson of Viet Nam was that it is impossible to prevail over an indigenous popular opponent unless the invader/attacker is prepared to kill them all. Period.

That’s it – what part of this is unclear?

Regardless of the force of your fighting machine – whether you are using Fourth Generation warfare, Space Tools from DARPA, or Vulcan Martial Arts – you will fail, unless you are prepared to extinguish the lives of every man, woman, and child in the country you’ve chosen to attack, and unless you are capable of doing so with no exception.

Though they should be obvious, the reasons for this inevitable failure are as follows…

1. Regardless of how these people felt about you before you started to attack them, I guarantee that they’ll hate you once you start.
2. Paraphrasing Yoda, anger leads to hatred, hatred leads to suffering, suffering leads to thoughts of revenge.
3. Every capable native will do everything possible to fight you. This will mean different roles for different people – some will pick up arms, others will nourish the fighters, others will hide them in their home. Their feelings against you will unite them.
4. As much as you attempt to dehumanize them, as many lies that you tell and as often as you exploit the media, your brutality will be seen and remarked upon until one day you find that after fighting that much harder for that much little credibility, your efforts convince nobody but those among you who must also believe.
5. Your opponent has but to prevail to survive.
6. They are already home. It is for this home that they must fight.
7. It is you who must give up and leave.

It is truly frightening that for perhaps the first time in history, a military machine exists that is capable of obliterating an entire nation and with it, every man, every woman, and every child born and unborn.

Will it be used? Will we set aside our squeamishness and “cleanse the soil” so that it can bear fruit? Would we have any reason to believe that this new fruit would be our kind of fruit? Would we be capable, at that stage, of knowing what, exactly, would define our “kind of fruit”?

And yet, what is the point of having such an incomparable projection of power if you’re not able to use it?

What, indeed.


Curly K said...

JL, tell the mammy that that is one incredible little piece!

plurabella said...

This is a piece that truly give food for thought.

The only difference I can see between that situation and the current one is, that Vietnam represented a perceived threat by the world and in particular the US of communism overflowing into the so called first world. It didn't happen and I'm really not sure that the Vietnam war made any difference at all. Either way.

From a personal view point right now, what is scarier about the current situation is that, a] it's nearer; and b] it's being run by religious zealots, backed by a country that executes 16 year old women for "crimes against chastity", with an avowed determination to destroy Israel, and every Jew on the planet. My worry is an echo of a German who once said, "when they came for the communists.... and ends when they came for me there was no one left". Right now I rate the government, - if it can be called that - of Iran, up there with Nazi Germany and Stalin and Russia.

I don't support any violence, am very worried about how Israel has behaved towards it's Arab and Palestinian populations; right now I see both sides as being in the "wrong", the citizens of both countries being traumatised, the question is not for me a quantative one, and I'm tired of the kind of "well he started it", attitude.

This is a powerful piece of writing that your Mother has produced, I've printed it off, along with one of Paige's post, and the will be folded up in my notebook and shown to others at every available oppurtunity.

fatmammycat said...

Your mother is a heck of a wise lady. That is a great piece and she is absolutely correct.

Paige A Harrison said...

Would it hurt too much, JL, to say that you did n't get it from the stone wall? ;-)