Skip to comments.Special forces vet sees U.S. - Soviet parallels
Posted on 11/02/2001 10:51:18 PM PST by kattracksEdited on 07/12/2004 3:35:53 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
When I read in the newspapers that U.S. special forces units are on the ground in Afghanistan, I can't help but have this deja-vu feeling of "been there, done that."
And it all comes back to me: Dark nights in the mountains of the Hindu Kush, the angry roar of helicopter engines in thin air, deafening bursts of automatic fire and hand-grenade explosions in narrow canyons and among packed mud walls of Afghan villages, the exhausting dash back toward the pickup area — Soviet Spetsnaz (special forces) at war in Afghanistan.
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I've tried every way in the world to get my fellow Americans to understand the implication of the above statement, but to no avail. You simply HAVE to kill them. Part of the price of war is not the death you might suffer, but having to live wishing you were dead because of the things you had to do. Part of the price of freedom from terrorism.
One typical trick is to carefully gut the prisoner alive so that he dies in screaming agony of sepsis. Another is skinning alive.
These times require that we kill anyone who is a potential hazard to the mission or the safety of the men if they cannot be taken prisoner. Killing unarmed kids is what our soldiers are trained to do that makes it harder for us. Just remember the babies and kids who died on 9/11. Never forget or forgive
Someone doesn't like me repeating Never forget or forgive. I have been getting Trojan Virus attacks from 126.96.36.199 like they were candy.
I'm constantly amazed at our reticence when placed in a historical perspective. Can you imagine Britain's wrath had say some Indian independence zealots killed 6000 Londoners? This type of war against folks willing to do anything in their cause should be even less political than conventional wars. Just my opinion. I'm no Clauswitz...I readily admit. But it would appear that we got a lot of momentum at least for a while from that "carpet bombing" north of Kabul Thursday. I think I remember that same type of conduct brought the NVA back to the Paris tables in 1972 as well. Big sticks work well at times.
Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown
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