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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-07-06 09:32 AM
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21. When the US does it, it is not to be mentioned. There is a blatant
'unfairness' which grates on the warrior code for using unstoppable weapons against defenseless targets. We have to keep the moral high ground; therefore, we don't talk about it.

OTOH, accusations of the same against Israel opens the accuser to charges of antisemitism; they have a right to defend themselves, they face a vastly superior (numerically) foe, yadda-yadda. It's like a back-fire, set to stop the real fire.

IOW, the media plays up the outrage against Israel in order to stir up the anti-antisemitism voice, twisting what is normally a decent impulse in the American people. The same media plays down the outrage against the US because there is no comparable anti-antiUS voice, and there really is no defense for such actions.

In all the talk about 'asymmetrical warfare' it is important to note that the US chooses to fight asymmetrically -- use overwhelming force, including Guernica style air attacks against people who have no defense against them, despite the inevitable civilian casualties that will result. The forces they are facing fight asymmetrically because that's all they have - the IED, the sniper, the shoot-and-run mortar and missile attacks are all they have, yet they are castigated for employing the only tactics available against a militarily superior force. There are a lot of people who think of war as a grand adventure, a test of manhood, a struggle between good and evil; our culture, in theory, supports the underdog and believes in fair play. If people were to really understand the 'unfairness' in how we use our military they would recoil -- so we don't tell them. We have to remain being the good guys, no matter how many Fallujahs and Hadithas there may be.
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