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Monday, December 8, 2014
Do America's Enemies Deserve Our Respect and Empathy?
In a recent speech at Georgetown University Hillary Clinton
urged Americans to empathize with and respect our enemies--namely Islamic
fanatics who want to kill us and obliterate our way of life.
After those words
were uttered by a woman who apparently wants to be America's next president, I
think I heard Gen. George S. Patton bellowing epithets from the grave. Patton
was notorious for his epithets.
Patton, the no nonsense American general known as "blood and guts" who helped push
the Germans out of North Africa and Sicily during WW II and who drove the U.S.
Third Army deep into the heart of Germany, said this about America's enemies:
“May God have mercy on
my enemies because I won't.”
That's poles apart from what Hillary Clinton had to say last
week about America's enemies and how we should deal with them:
"Show Respect for America's Enemies"
"This is what we call smart power...showing respect,
even for one’s enemies, trying to understand and insofar as psychologically
possible empathize with their perspective and point of view."
I can just imagine
what Patton would say about "smart power" and the preposterous notion
that we should have respect for and empathize with our enemy's point of view.
He no doubt would
have used one of his favorite words: Bullshit!
I wonder how Hillary's statement might have resonated if she had made it during WW II after the
world learned what the Nazi's did in death camps like Auschwitz and what the
Japanese did in places like Nanking, China?
Oh, but the war
against radical Islam is different, some might argue. Really? You mean beheading
journalists, slaughtering innocent aide workers and educators, murdering
Christians and Jews, and even butchering Muslims who don't adhere to radical Islam
is not the same? Really?
Murder is murder no
matter who commits it, how it's committed, or in what decade it is committed. Empathy
and respect be damned.
And what if
President Roosevelt had gone to Congress seeking a declaration of war following
the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and said:
"We must have
empathy for the Japanese who did this to us," instead of what he actually said,
which was: "Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the
United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air
forces of the Empire of Japan."
enemies. Empathizing and respecting their perspective is a ludicrous thing to
say. It is especially preposterous for someone who wants to occupy the White
House and become our military's Commander-in-Chief.
that the way to win a war was to fight it, not chatter about it while giving a
$200,000 speech. The last thing he would have counseled is for American leaders
to engage in fearful hand wringing and hope those who want to destroy us will
somehow come to love us if only we are benign, compassionate and work harder to
understand their perspective.
General "Blood & Guts" Patton
In a 1944 speech to
the Third Army Patton told his men this:
"We want this war
over with. The quickest way to get
it over with is to go get the bastards who started it. The quicker they are
whipped, the quicker we can go home."
Is there any doubt
who started the war on terror? On September 11, 2001 when those hijacked planes
flew into the twin towers, into the Pentagon, and into that Pennsylvania farm field,
we were at war--even if the current feckless occupant of the White House refuses
to call it that.
When you are
attacked, no matter what your political affiliation may be or on which side of
the political aisle you may sit, you basically have two options: you either
capitulate because you are afraid to fight, or you respond with "extreme
prejudice," as we used to say in the Army.
current administration seems to have resurrected a third option--one that was
proven woefully ineffective back in 1938. It was called appeasement. And Adolph
Hitler laughed all the way to the Eagle's Nest.
Clinton's ill-advised and placatory remarks you can almost hear the terrorists hooting
and whooping in their desert bunkers and strongholds.
I wonder how Patton
might have dealt with the brutal Islamic State currently slaughtering its way
through Syria and Iraq.
I can't imagine him
telling the men of the Third Army to respect and empathize with that vicious
rabble; to try to understand why they hate America or why these cowards are
beheading American and other Western captives.
After Patton read
the Koran and observed North African Muslims during WW II, we have an idea what
he thought of Islam. In his book, War as I Knew it, published posthumously in 1947, he wrote:
the Arabs had been Christians? To me it seems certain that the fatalistic
teachings of Mohammed and the utter degradation of women is the outstanding
cause for the arrested development of the Arab. He is exactly as he was around
the year 700, while we have kept on developing."
Not a sentiment that would make the apologists for Islamic
radicals and terrorists happy.
Nor would Islamic
suicide bombers have embraced one of Patton's most famous statements:
"No bastard ever
won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other dumb bastard
die for his country."