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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Being Ready For War and Using Your Advantage

Mike Adams, the saucy professor from NC, writes about various times he has repsonded to threats with threats of violence of his own that exceeded the original threat by many multiples. In each case, the instigator back down cery quickly. The lesson in a strangely titled essay called "The Taming of the Jews" is:

And, so, a peace settlement was established within 48 hours. But it was not established through a process of negotiation. It was established through fear, military readiness, and an uncompromising desire to offer the most disproportionate response possible under the circumstances.

This whole discussion reminds me of a leftist student who once asked me whether it was “fair” that we should stockpile nuclear weapons and demand that Iran stop seeking even a single short-range nuclear missile. “The answer is no,” I told him. “I don’t care about fairness. I care about killing Muslim terrorists.”

Indeed, the whole point of war is to kill as many enemy soldiers as possible while losing as few of your own soldiers as possible – in other words, to be as “disproportionate” as you can. It is better to live with that understanding than to die without it.

During flag football practice, my 5-year old was semi-punched in the face by another kid. My son punched him back hard in the side and then my son's best friend also punched the kid in the same side area. The kid began crying. I saw the whole thing. The coach saw the kid crying and investigated and everyone told the truth. They each had to apologize, run laps and understand that if anyone hits someone, they immediately tell the coach.

My son and his friend's response to the first hit was "unfair" and "disproportionate". That kid will think twice before hitting someone again.

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