Goals Of War

Are we trying to win peoples’ hearts and minds or are we freeing them from terror? Hugh Hewitt at Townhall.com has written regarding the failure of our leaders to lead to victory in the War on Terror.

With my english language news limited to CNN World and BBC World these weeks in Italy, I must report that BBC has much better reporting, better anchors, better stories, and they’re only half as liberal as CNN. However, on both stations, when it comes to reporting on the War on Terror, the tenor, if not the content, is the same. While BBC appears to be loyal to the British troops and portrays them them as people with a valid and important view of the war and its’ aims as well as a heart for the people they’re fighting amongst. To CNN the soldiers are red-neck rowdies intent on blowing things, and people, apart. But if listening only to the tone of the reporting, without understanding words, a listener to either channel would come to think the reporter is some baleful expert, perpetually depressed, with an over-inflated view of their own importance and a severely pessimistic perspective on the course of events.

A theme that is stated and repeated over and over again regardless the surrounding story is that we are not making progress winning the hearts and minds of the people whose homes we are fighting around. Ponder this: Is our goal to foster warm fuzzies with the people over there? “Oh it’s terrible they all died, but at least we’d won their hearts and minds.” Or is it instead to free them from a bondage which they readily admit to suffering and desire to be free of, and to give the whole world freedom from a particularly virulent and vociferous form of terror?

Consider past wars, wars we actually won, as well as the one we lost. World War 2 was fought with untold destruction of land, history, structures, people, and their lives. When great evil is battled, terrible things happen. War, indeed, is hell. There is a price to evil. Innocent people suffer and die and each loss is unspeakably horrible. In World War 2 there were resistance fighters who chose that life of very nearly certain death, living free or dying trying. In this current war it has been said that in countries such as Afghanistan, the people have always sided with whichever side appears to be winning. We cannot expect similar resistance fighters to side with us unless it is clear we are over-running the enemy and defeating them on their ground. Were it not for the global aspirations of the entities inciting terror breeding in these regions, I’d be hard pressed to find a rationale for continuing this war. But the enemy has made it clear their aims, violent and complete subjugation of the entire world to their extreme and evil ideology and theology.

The purpose of war is to destroy, that army which succeeds in first destroying the will of the opposers is the side which wins. Because of this, an idealist is the strongest enemy, as they trust and believe in things beyond the physical and temporal, larger than himself and his enemy. Destroying his hope and vision or destroying him physically is the only way to win against him. We are here embarked on a quest to destroy the spirit, and if necessary the body, of those who have tried, are now trying, and will not cease until they have succeeded in destroying ours. Much good has and will be lost, some wounds will never heal and some wrongs will never be righted. This is the price of freedom. Is it a just price? Perhaps if the price were being extracted from us here safe behind the walls of the seas in America in a more visible way we would value what is being accomplished. But like spoiled children whose parents have paid their way through life, we do not value the end goal and stupidly rail on those who do understand and have paid the price. To quote from that firebrand of our own American Revolution, our own War for Independence, Samuel Adams:

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

2 thoughts on “Goals Of War”

  1. Hello, I have been reading your postings for some time now and felt that I should comment on this one. Whenever I find someone to be in the wrong or ignorant of a particular fact in my area of expertise I like to try to open his or her mind. My credentials may be of help to you, although yours is an easy argument to rebut. I have a PhD in Political Science, and am now a Professor at Penn State University, before my current job as an educator I was a political advisor to some top government officials (the names of which must remain anonymous). First I would like to ask you this question; where do you get your information? It seems to me that you just get a thought in your head and run with it, as there are no sites or sources anywhere in your writing. Now I understand that this is a blog, but when you start writing stuff like “…free them from a bondage which they readily admit to suffering and desire to be free of…” or “Were it not for the global aspirations of the entities inciting terror breeding in these regions, I’d be hard pressed to find a rationale for continuing this war.” then you better have some evidence to back up your claims. First you only know what you hear on the news, you said yourself, for awhile you were stuck with only BBC and CNN. Let me tell you right now my friend, you can only trust about .01% of what you hear on the news. The media is going to twist and construe ALL events in that “war on terror” to line up with their beliefs and agendas and the beliefs and agendas of their governments. So what makes you think that these people are going to be happy under a democratic government, they are not an individualistic society like that of the United States or her allies. There is only a fraction of the population of Iraq celebrating the death of Saddam Hussein, for most of the country, they couldn’t care less. The media has edited and re-edited, cut and pasted so many times you cannot trust anything they say. Your second statement is even more unbelievable, there is only one reason we are in that “war on terror” there is only one reason we were in the first gulf war, do you truly know what that reason is, because your answer to that question in your quote above is excuse my French, BULL SHIT. Our government is the most corrupt on earth, and if you don’t believe that, you are naïve. We are not there to free the people of the middle east, or to stop terror on those countries. We are there for one reason and one reason only. The same reason Hitler sprinted across Russia in a desperate attempt to break through Stalingrad. We are there for the same reason the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor at the time that they did. We are there my friend for the same reason the first son of a bitch named George Bush went there in the 90’s. Though I will agree with you on this point, we are there to stabilize the region but not for the reason you would think, we are there to stabilize the region so that the black gold is cheaper and more abundant, yes my friend you have guessed it, we are there for the OIL. That is it my friend, one word to sum up the goal of the United States for the past 60 years. Perhaps you are familiar with the saying “He who controls the oil has the power, and he who has the power rules the world”. Do you know how the Bush family got rich? I will give you a hint, they are from Texas. Do you truly have an ear to hear with. Wake up my friend, open your eyes and ears, get educated. If I had to guess I would say you are between the ages of 19 and 25, you sound young and on fire, a true patriot of the United States, or are you a true patriot for your idea and understanding of what the United States stands for, because I guarantee you it is a different country than you think. The would is laughing at you my friend and you are thrilled to death about it.
    I just want to address one more issue. This next quote was in the next blog that you posted: “Any leader anywhere who does not support the defeat, eradication, and complete anhiliation of those who would destroy our way of life and that of our allies and all our children must be sent down in flames.” It sounds here like you are suggesting doing to them what you say they did to us. That is not the Christian walk of the “United States Patriot”. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a liberal, in fact I am far from it, I read my Bible every day and I do truly believe that Islam is a vile and evil religion and that yes it does need to be extinguished, but don’t get that confused with what the US is really doing in the middle east. And please unless you do some REAL research do not talk about other US wars, It is a great hobby of mine, studying all the US wars, and I will tear you apart when it comes to discussing them. When you say, “Consider past wars, wars we actually won, as well as the one we lost.” I am sure you mean Vietnam being the “…one we lost.” Go back to school man, Vietnam wasn’t even a war, it was a conflict, war was never actually declared, but it doesn’t really matter because that was a political conflict anyway, and had nothing to do with freeing the Vietnamese people, if it did, we would have won. And you weren’t even alive during the politics of the Vietnam war so don’t sound ignorant by writing about it, or even mentioning it when trying to make a point that is false anyway. Proverbs 12:15 states, “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” Please listen to this advise, go do some real research on the internet. Be skeptical about what you hear especially on the televised media. And talk to some Political Science Professors and Sociology professors at a University where you live and pay special attention to the Sociology professors that teach middle eastern classes, they are a great source of information about politics today and what’s really going on in this would.
    May God give you the Wisdom to listen to these words and repost an intelligent blog.

    P.S. Please stop trying to put “big” words together. I am sure you are just trying to make yourself look more qualified to speak on these issues so that people will listen to you, but all your doing is making it harder for young people to understand you, and older people to stop reading because they immediately catch on to the fact that you are young and not qualified. Take this encouragement, if you really have something to say, people will listen.

  2. LOL, he’s got a point Matt. 🙂

    Anyways….

    I’ll stick with Romans 13:

    “1 ¶ Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
    2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
    3 FOR THE RULES ARE NOT A TERROR TO GOOD WORKS, BUT TO THE EVIL. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
    4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”

    This is a good example of what the STATE government is for, and ONLY for correcting evil within and without. Its not for social security, wealfare, healthcare, public school, or anything of that socialistic hope! Its for administering the sword. Now in applying that to 9/11, I believe America has the right and obligation to kill Bin Laden and his group, but I am relunctant to say anymore. We can’t be the worlds’ police. And we need to stop protecting all the other countries because if they want to live, they will fight for it! And if they don’t, then they deserve death and defeat!

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