Issues III


Killing Osama: A number of people are climbing all over themselves trying to appear compassionate. We killed life, they say. We shouldn’t celebrate the taking of life. As the British say, rubbish. The guy we killed was a guy whose life’s mission was to kill Americans. Most of the people celebrating on camera were college students. To them, this was like winning a national championship. It was a reason to celebrate. They knew fear when they were roughly twelve years old. They knew defeat. They probably figured the score was 3,000 to zero, until we captured KSM and later killed Osama bin Laden.

Taking credit: It bothers me that the military doesn’t take credit for something like killing Osama. I respect the fact that they aren’t glory hounds bent on being celebrated for doing what they consider their duty, but it does create a vacuous hole for someone to take the credit. Who’s going to take the credit if the military personnel on the ground don’t? Who’s going to take the credit if the military leader who devised the strategy isn’t going to? A politician will. A politician whose re-election chances hang in the balance will swoop down and take the credit. Even if all he did was rubber stamp the procedure, he will say ‘my’ and ‘I’ countless times in his national address, because no one else will. If he is perceived as weak on foreign affairs, he will insert this into his foreign affairs file to show the voting public that he is strong. I’m sure some liberals would say that any and every politician would do the same. Fair enough, I say, but let’s look at some past politicians. Let’s look at George W. Bush, let’s look at Ronald W. Reagan. These guys would’ve deferred credit in their national address. All right then, say the liberals, but their people would’ve made sure that they got the credit. Fair enough, I say, but what does it say about the politician who doesn’t even make the symbolic effort of deferring credit initially in his public address?

Water boarding: There’s also a lot of talk about whether the information came from enhanced interrogation. One thing I heard was that KSM stated that he could not reveal information to interrogators until he was brought to the brink of death. If this is true, then we had to waterboard KSM in order to allow him to fulfill his code so that we could get information out of him to save thousands of lives.

Compassion: There was something about a Geico commercial that bothered me a number of years ago. In this commercial we have a close up shot on a squirrel. The squirrel is waiting for something. We don’t know what yet. Then we hear a car. The squirrel runs out in the middle of the road. The squirrel raises up on its haunches in front of the car. We see the car swerve. We hear this car crash. We then see this little squirrel exchanging high fives with another squirrel. The little jerk squirrel was counting on the compassion of that driver. I can tell you one thing. Those squirrels had better not count on me swerving. Not to the point where I end up in a ditch. I would set a precedent in squirrel land. The next time they tried such a thing, they would tell their fellow squirrels: “All right, let’s do it, but watch out for red trucks. They don’t swerve. Did you see what they did to Ernie last time? That was ugly.”

Selfishness: I’m a selfish person. I know this. I’ve come to grips with it though, and I’ve made a concerted effort not to be. Perhaps I’m not as successful in my efforts as I should be, but I have to leave that to others to answer. When you’re a selfish person, and you’re making concerted efforts not to be, you see the world in the manner I’ve heard alcoholics see other alcoholics. You recognize how out of control the rest of the world is with your predilection. You realize that during your selfish years, you weren’t standing out as much as you thought you were. You were fitting in with all the self-involved beings on the planet. You realize that you became what you became as a result of your environment. My point here is that I do make an effort not to be selfish now. Most people don’t even make a symbolic effort at this, but they consider it looking out for their best interests. After looking out for your own best interests for so long you accidentally start to slide into selfishness. I know, I know, I’m not talking about you.

UFOs vs. religion: Many of those who state that they don’t believe in the tenets of religion do so in the manner of a smug elitist. It’s been my experience that those who find the belief in God to be infantile wrap themselves in the most unusual belief systems. Many of these people believe in UFOs, some believe in numerology, a liberal government, Wiccan beliefs, naturalism, and other beliefs that are largely considered bizarre. The question is why? I’ve read neurologists say that are brains are wired for a belief in something. If we don’t believe in God or the religious tenets that support His statements, laws and philosophies, we have an organic hole in our heads that needs filling (i.e. those who don’t believe in God will believe in anything).

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