Nous Sommes Tout Paris.

Although the President of the United States won’t say it, we are at war with Radical Islam.  I’m sure that he has his reasons, whether they be ideological, religious or simply wrong-headed.

The fact remains that we are engaged in conflict and we must now face some hard choices.

This post is based on my opinion of events as I have observed them and I welcome your comment or differing opinion.

As witnessed by innumerable events, Paris being the latest, the enemy is implacable.  He places no value on human life, not even his own and he seems to be willing to destroy all human life on earth as long as one of his own is the last person standing, there to give praise to his theology.

We approach this battle from a Judeo-Christian worldview with rules of engagement, restrictions on what can and cannot be done when confronting an enemy and with the misguided idea that we can somehow placate and educate this enemy to a kinder, gentler stance.  I personally feel that when someone wants you dead as a part of his pact with his deity and feels it his sacred duty to kill you, trying to make nice with him might not be the answer.

The purpose of this post is not to simply restate that which should already be abundantly clear, that we are faced with an enemy who will never submit to rules or any form of reason.  The question facing us now is how far are we willing to go to achieve victory?

Are we willing to abandon the principles that have forever guided our culture in order to bring the battle to this enemy on his own terms?  President Harry S Truman was faced with a similar question when he ordered the Enola Gay to fly over Hiroshima.  In the final analysis this was the decision of one man, made to end a bloody conflict and save millions of lives in the process. He did not ask anyone else to make the decision for him nor did he involve the public at large.

What we now face will require a decision, by pretty near all of western civilization, to act contrary to our core beliefs.  This enemy will not be folding his tents and going away.  If we don’t confront him in a meaningful way, a way to which he will succumb, we are lost.

The question is what will it cost us in terms of who we are if we begin to value the enemy as he values us?

There is always merit in holding the moral high ground but in this instance I greatly fear that the moral high ground will be soaked with our blood.

Thank you for reading.

About rixlibris

Retired from child care photography after thirty years of coaxing smiles and wiping noses. Currently venting years of repressed fictional story lines via self-published novels. Married and still alive in a remote corner of Waller County, Texas.
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11 Responses to WHAT PRICE VICTORY?

  1. I remember the Kamakaze Japanese pilots of WW2. It was the same mind set….kill and be killed.There are certain factions in some cultures that express their homicidal tendencies disguised as religious or patriotic causes. When it reaches a certain pitch, it must be stopped.

  2. rixlibris says:

    Kamakaze. “Divine Wind”. The comparison is spot on as this current enemy feels that he is divinely mandated to destroy the infidel and establish a worldwide caliphate, a divine wind sweeping the planet clean. The ugly fact is that war is a brutal business and to win one must employ tactics that are not pleasant to contemplate. In my opinion the term ‘civilized warfare’ is an oxymoron. No army following ‘rules of warfare’ will ever defeat a guerrilla force.

  3. lbeth1950 says:

    God be with us all!

  4. Reblogged this on barclaydave and commented:
    Could not have put it better, please leave comments on the original post and not here, thank you.

  5. Another good post. Obama and the Europeans think tossing an occasional bomb will deter our rabid enemies. Putin has the right idea, bomb them into submission. War is war. Smart bombs and technology will only do so much. We have to adopt a different mentality.

    • rixlibris says:

      In my opinion, Obama and the Europeans think that tossing an occasional bomb will give them political cover at home while waiting for the cancer to cure itself. A lesson learned, that we refuse to repeat is that of WWII. The only way to approach any war is with total commitment. If you don’t want to run with the big dogs then stay on the porch. But be prepared for the consequences of non-involvement.

      • Exactly. War is war. Terrorists have no mercy when it comes to killing us (USA & Europeans). Yet, we toss an occaional smart bomb as you said, and worry about the damage.Total committment is what is needed. So, now I have to root for Putin and the commies.

  6. Roxanne says:

    This is an excellent post.

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