WUI (Writing under the influence)

Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.

I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.

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Sunday, December 19, 2004


Cost of war

Does the end always justify the means?

It had started with the dawn: an unexpectedly heavy artillery barrage. How had the retreating Germans managed to mass so many guns? Was this just a local attack, or a feint to distract the attention from a major blow elsewhere?
Soon it became clear that the enemy had massed more than artillery. The 6th Panzer Army, a mobile reserve that had disappeared from the view of Allied intelligence, reappeared. When the barrage lifted, German armor came pouring out of the woods, headed for the seam between the British and U.S. armies.
Instead of sheltering behind the Siegfried Line, the "retreating" Germans were advancing through an only lightly defended 50-mile stretch of the Ardennes.
Allied intelligence had collected reports of a transfer of German troops from the Eastern to the Western front in the fall of 1944, and there was ample evidence that they were being reassembled in the Ardennes, but word never filtered up to headquarters. No one had connected the dots. (Sound familiar?)

War is a mess. No plan survives the reality of war, somebody once said. And the price for "mistakes" is high.
More than a million men would be drawn into the battle. The Germans would lose an estimated 100,000 irreplaceable troops, counting their killed, wounded and captured; the Americans would suffer some 80,000 casualties, including 19,000 killed — that's a rate of 500 a day — and 23,554 captured.

And that was just one battle.

Who can possibly argue today that allies were wrong to cause so many deaths among their own troops, those of the enemy armies and of countless civilians? In fact, civilians were killed on purpose during WWII. Today, our troops are dying because of extraordinary measures they employ to spare civilian life. Was the price of WWII too high? Is there a formula one should use to determine whether a war is worthy of his support? What matters today is the outcome, the end that justified the means.

And yes, I think the price the allies paid during WWII was indeed considered too high. Poland was used as a bargaining chip and given to Stalin. Nobody was willing to go to war with communists who, as it turned out later in Korea and Vietnam, had no respect for their own people's lives and were willing to fight until the bitter end because communists knew that democracies were weak.

We are again risking to lose a war because some of us can't accept the cost.

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