I’ve asked LTC (R) Allen B West for his thoughts on the Marine charged with killing two Iraqis while searching a terrorist hideout. LTC (R) Allen B West is a man who has been there and knows. His article is powerful and thought provoking:
Well, Tim, with what I know right now, it seems very ironic to me to charge someone with premeditated murder during war. I thought that when you sit and plan a military operation and carry out that plan…well that is premeditated.
Perhaps we should go back and charge Sam Houston and his Texans with premeditated murder since they planned to attack Santa Anna and his Mexican army at San Jacinto during their siesta. What would 60 minutes or CNN say about that if they had a war correspondent at the scene? Let us not forget that any raid carried out should be considered such as well. Perhaps we should go back and arrest the Soldiers from the famed Battle of Mogadishu, after all it was a planned attack. No, I have a better one, go dig up King Leonidas and the Spartans at Thermopylae who carried out a night raid against the Persians while they slept, attempting to kill Xerxes himself. I am pretty sure that our media would label that a planned assassination attempt against a Head of State.
Stop, does anyone hear what I hear, well I hear laughter, laughter coming from the radical Islamic terrorists who have us so confused and turning upon our own Warriors in an unsatiable lust for perceived justice. Question, who was the last Islamic terrorist, I refuse to use the PC word “insurgent” to be charged in Islamic court for firing an RPG at a convoy of fuel trucks? Or how about setting up a IED attack that ends up killing civilians as well? What about the guys that planned a suicide bomb attack on an American dining hall? Excuse me but I had to turn down the laughter sounds. Nah, they feel that killing us in anyway required is pretty ok.
As always, I do not submit to wanton violence but as I told my Men in Taji, unleash controlled response and purposeful resolve in the face of the enemy. Never back down from a fight and assert yourself as being in charge, even if he ambushes you. We have locked horns with an enemy that defines warfare in a totally different manner. First of all you must understand Islam to realize that it is politic-religious in its nature. How do you fight an enemy that believes that in a “Jihad” his death will bring forth a great reward in paradise? Well, simply, you must have the commitment to enable that reward for him. Instead, we are looking for everyway to negate toughness because we are afraid of others not liking us, or even worse, promotions.
Now, I do not have the full story but when did we become so self-righteous, or afraid, that we are now so willing to imprison our own Soldiers and Marines? Young men and women that are daily placing lives on the line around the world. Remember in WWII when German Paratroopers jumped in behind American lines donning US uniforms they were summarily executed on site when captured!
This may be a blinding flash of the obvious, if this continues who will answer the call to defend this Nation, Michael Moore? Howard Dean? Dennis Kucinich? Al Sharpton? Or those that follow their lead?
Ok, for those that are confused, war is premeditated killing and has been so since the first caveman picked up a rock and pounded in the head of another. What we are displaying is a weakness that will eventually destroy the very framework of this American society. There was a pretty good quote from the film, “Troy” when Brad Pitt’s character Achilles stated, “War is about old Men talking and young Men dying”. However true, but now this war seems to be about old Men talking, posturing and young Men dying and being sacrificed, while sacrificing for the greater Nation. Honestly, it makes me ill and I wish I could be back there with them, if even as a slick sleeve Private.
America, no we are not barbaric, cruel, and insane killers (no matter what those that sit on the sidelines and heckle say) but we are committed men and women that serve this Country to the best of our abilities. If we continue on this glide path, out of fear…I hate when everyone says My Lai, Vietnam, and everything else as a media scare tactic…we are going to inevitably lose. And if we lose this fight, then my daughters and many other American children will grow up in a world of fear, terror.
I do not know the specifics about 2LT Ilario Pantano but he is an American and a combat Marine. Unless his offense was so heinous and unnecessary to his prescribed orders, I stand with him. Let’s stop the laughter, either get serious or get out but stop sacrificing and killing the young men if you do not want to WIN!
Regards to America and all Americans, LTC (R) Allen B West