Monday, July 31, 2006

Just so we’re clear…

I’ve said a lot of things about Muslims and Mohammed (turds be upon him) that could be construed as supporting genocide. (Kill them all, so to speak.)

I do not now, nor have I ever supported the wanton killing of every Muslim or Arab. What I do support is iron-fisted responses to terrorism. That’s why I completely support Israel’s attack into Lebanon. Yes, their recent attack which had unfortunate collateral damage seems horrific, but that is the result of the Hezzbollah’s use of civilians as shields.

We know that terrorists hide next to civilian populations, hoping that the Israelis will not have the fortitude to make the hard, right choice of counterattacking, lest they kill bystanders.

Here’s the thing. If the bystanders would respond by hunting down and killing those terrorists whenever and wherever they pop up, the Israelis wouldn’t have anything to shoot at. In this case, the lack of action by the civilian population amounts to culpable acceptance of the Hezzbollah’s actions. It’s the same old thing, if you’re not with me, you’re against me. If someone on your street was shooting at police, and you had the means to stop them, and did nothing, don’t be pissy when the return fire from the cops puts holes in your new vinyl siding. When the guy shooting at the cops grabs your kid for a shield, don’t whine about the police’s lack of restraint when your kid is killed by return fire. You had the means to stop the terrorist and you chose to do nothing. The civilian population in Lebanon is reaping what they have sown.

One thing I truly admire about Israel is that this all started in response to the kidnapping of one of their soldiers. If we responded this way to kidnappings, of civilians or soldiers, there’d be a lot less beheadings, tortures, and hangings going on. “Don’t tread on me” would and should be our mantra. I’ll treat you with civility as long as you behave, but the gloves come off, like Hannibal Lecter on a Methamphetamines and Angel Dust week-long bender, when you (through commission or omission) attack me and mine.

Do I support the wholesale slaughter of Muslims, or any particular ethnic or religious group? No. (Strong cases could be made for those damnable Buddhists and the Amish, however.) But they should know that civilian populations and civilian concerns are of the lowest possible priority when consideration is given to appropriate response.

As far as appropriate response goes, Sean Connery said it best in “The Untouchables” when he told Kevin Costner “If they pull a knife, you pull a gun. If they put one of yours in the hospital, you put one of theirs in the morgue. Appropriate response should be absolutely brutal, with no respect given to “protected places.” If they shoot from or run to a hospital, mosque, historic site, school, or McDonalds, we should level the place. Make sure terrorists know that there is no where they can run to safety. Let civilians know that if they do nothing to stop the terrorists, they may very quickly find themselves in the line of fire.

And yes, damn near everyone in the middle east has access to an AK-47, or a cell phone, and they could always call the Iraqi Police, Afghan Police, Lebanese Police, or other local law or military. If the people become more afraid of pissing us off than they are of the terrorists hiding in their midst, then we win.


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