It’s been a long time since I’ve run to the sound of guns. I’m not a cop although for a short time I did carry a badge,but that too is years ago. My instincts are as a combat fighter, one who seeks out those wishing to cause me, my team mates and my Country harm and inflict it upon them first.
So it is with much dismay when I hear the likes of Kerry, that feckless bunghole, telling others to make nice to people who have vowed to kill them, men, women and children. The names change but for this writing Hamas will do, although Hizbollah or al Qaeda or !S!S could be inserted. Pick the one you like. How about Boko Harum, does that one suit your fancy? Not yet, wait it will. Once they finish their bloody work wherever they are at the moment, they’ll becoming across the Mexican border as OTM. But I’m digressing.
What should the RoE (Rules of Engagement) be when we are in combat with a state or a group which in a non-signatory of the Geneva Convention.
Many nation states but not all, have signed that document governing warfare, treatment of prisoners, types of weapons to be used and banned and Codes of conduct by military personnel.
Next, what should the policy be regarding the fighting of terrorists when they:
- Militarize hospitals
- Militarize churches/mosques
- Militarize schools
- do not wear uniforms to identify themselves as combatants.
- Bury themselves in local populations
Finally, Should we have a Nation building program after smashing some place into the ground? Is that our responsibility or is it the responsibility of the other counties that aided and abetted some group of clueless fools into starting that which they could not finish.
Lets go back to the first posit. If the opposition in not a signatory to the Geneva Convention, then we fight the war, (all shooting dustups are wars) by their rules. One of the firs rules any combat troop learns is to leave no live enemy behind them. If there are women with them, they’re carrying weapons and/or ammo. Same for older kids. Everyone is a combatant. I had kids toss grenades at me in the Nam, or place them in vehicles. You are just as dead as if an adult does it.
Posit two asks about placing weapons in hospitals, mosques or schools. That is turning them into armories. Those become military targets; hit them hard preferably when there are many terrorists inside. If the hospital has wounded fighters from prior skirmishes, see above about leaving no living enemies behind. They’ll do it to you; is it nice? NO, but it is reality.
Any one caught in a combat zone bearing arms out of uniform is considered a spy and can be summarily shot. That is in the Geneva Convention. So just whack anyone carrying a weapon; you can bet they mean you no good.
What about those mortar/rocket teams that hide in local population centers. If those people don’t agree with the terrorist’s positions, get the hell away from them, or kill them. Otherwise, it is assumed that they are part of the team, supplying ammo, concealment and escape routes. They become part of the legitimate target as part of the supply line.
Hamas has bragged they would win because Israel wants to live and Hamas is willing to die to win. George Patton had that right. Make the other bastard die for his country. By the numbers if necessary until some chunk of Snadland is nothing but a big bone pile.
Nation building is the final question. We rebuilt Japan and Germany after WWII. Both became productive nations and valued members in the world’s society.
What is different here is:
- We’re not dealing with a Nation State.
- We’re not dealing with civilized humans.
- We are dealing with individuals that don’t want to belong to the human race.
If we are dealing with a nation-state and they’re not a signatory of the Geneva Convention, sobeit, they get the war by their rules, hard and fast with no quarter and until the population rises up against the rulers, assume they’re in favor and they get it in the neck too.
After pounding them into the sand, we should pack up and go home, leaving the carnage as a reminder to the others that behaving like barbarians gets degrading treatment. If you are going to bury them, do it face down so they can see where they’re going.
Quickly the world will find out how much affection there is for this kind of behavior. If there is some approbation, why they can have a helping of kickass so they can get the feel of it too.
One has to win, losing isn’t an option and a draw only postpones the bleeding for a short time.