Ralph “Victor Davis Hanson Is A Pussy” Peters takes us for a stroll down Exterminate The Brutes Blvd:
THE British military defines experience as the ability to recognize a mistake the second time you make it. By that standard, we should be very experienced in dealing with captured terrorists, since we’ve made the same mistake again and again.
Violent Islamist extremists must be killed on the battlefield. Only in the rarest cases should they be taken prisoner. Few have serious intelligence value. And, once captured, there’s no way to dispose of them.
Killing terrorists during a conflict isn’t barbaric or immoral – or even illegal. We’ve imposed rules upon ourselves that have no historical or judicial precedent. We haven’t been stymied by others, but by ourselves.
Consider today’s norm: A terrorist in civilian clothes can explode an IED, killing and maiming American troops or innocent civilians, then demand humane treatment if captured – and the media will step in as his champion. A disguised insurgent can shoot his rockets, throw his grenades, empty his magazines, kill and wound our troops, then, out of ammo, raise his hands and demand three hots and a cot while he invents tales of abuse.
Conferring unprecedented legal status upon these murderous transnational outlaws is unnecessary, unwise and ultimately suicidal. It exalts monsters. And it provides the anti-American pack with living vermin to anoint as victims, if not heroes.
Isn’t it time we gave our critics what they’re asking for? Let’s solve the “unjust” imprisonment problem, once and for all. No more Guantanamos! Every terrorist mission should be a suicide mission. With our help.
We need to clarify the rules of conflict. But integrity and courage have fled Washington. Nobody will state bluntly that we’re in a fight for our lives, that war is hell, and that we must do what it takes to win.
Our enemies will remind us of what’s necessary, though. When we’ve been punished horribly enough, we’ll come to our senses and do what must be done.
This isn’t an argument for a murderous rampage, but its opposite. We must kill our enemies with discrimination. But we do need to kill them. A corpse is a corpse: The media’s rage dissipates with the stench. But an imprisoned terrorist is a strategic liability.
Nor should we ever mistreat captured soldiers or insurgents who adhere to standing conventions. On the contrary, we should enforce policies that encourage our enemies to identify themselves according to the laws of war. Ambiguity works to their advantage, never to ours.
Our policy toward terrorists and insurgents in civilian clothing should be straightforward and public: Surrender before firing a shot or taking hostile action toward our troops, and we’ll regard you as a legal prisoner. But once you’ve pulled a trigger, thrown a grenade or detonated a bomb, you will be killed. On the battlefield and on the spot.
Of course this would be all swell and good if there was a battlefield as opposed to skirmishes in neighborhoods and it’s not as if we’re actually doing a bang-up job of only killing the bad guys as it is.
Peters’ column is timed to coincide with the release of his latest book: Never Quit the Fight where we assume that he advocates throwing more cannon fodder on the quagfire and possibly building a giant wooden vole that we will sneak into Sadr City because this time, dammit, it’s gonna work.
We look forward to his next book slated to be released in one Friedman, entitled; Fuck It – Let’s Just Nuke ’em.