By Dom Nozzi
March 23, 2017
I remember when people in the US used to be outraged by things like the Mai Lai massacre. We don’t even blink an eye now, which, I suppose, is part of being a Warrior Nation. Murdering civilians has become so everyday boring. Not even worthy of reaching the newspaper.
Wantonly killing huge numbers of civilians is inevitable when a military powerhouse opts to go to war against a guerrilla force. As we saw when the Soviets were trapped in a guerrilla war in Afghanistan and the US got into the Vietnam guerrilla war quagmire, even overwhelming military force cannot — repeat, CANNOT — defeat the guerrilla force. Warring against guerrillas becomes endless, and inevitably causes the superior military force to criminally kill a huge number of innocent civilians.
To his immense credit, General Robert E. Lee refused recommendations from his Confederate generals to engage in guerrilla war and instead opted to surrender. He knew a guerrilla war would extend the Civil War for decades and destroy the US.
In contemporary times, our “commanders in chief” do not have that wisdom. They have not learned the glaring lessons of history, and have not read such classics as War of the Flea.
Since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 220 out of her 241 calendar years of existence. Warrior Nation indeed.