Why Casey Sheehan Died
Kid Various has been listening to the raving lunatics over at Air America for some time now. Lately, harebrained AA host Randi Rhodes has been pushing the case of Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son in
Sheehan is there with a specific agenda. In her own words:
"I want to ask the president, `Why did you kill my son? What did my son die for?" she said, her voice cracking with emotion. "Last week, you said my son died for a noble cause' and I want to ask him what that noble cause is?"
But also, though not quoted in the AP article, but played on The Randi Rhodes Show, Mrs. Sheehan stated that the President had told her that her son had died helping to protect American freedom by fighting those who would seek to harm us in
Kid Various does not relish criticizing someone who has to endure such unimaginable grief. However, Mrs. Sheehan’s motivations strike The Kid as disingenuous in the extreme.
The President already told her why her son was called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of his nation. She does not like that answer, however, and thus is seeking to use the emotionally loaded (and factually inaccurate) question “Why did you kill my son?” as a stick to whip the President with.
It is rather unseemly.
Just in case she isn’t aware, Mrs. Sheehan’s son gave his life to prevent this
This is a rough representation of the effects of a nuclear strike (10 kilotons) on downtown
What is not shown on this map, however, is the strike’s most damaging effects. That being the destruction of the
Historically speaking, there have been only two restraints on the use of nuclear weapons.
The first restraint is the feasibility of separating out enough fissile material and other technical requirements needed to actually construct a working weapon.
The second is the fact that, even taking into account the beneficial effects of deterrence throughout the Cold War, nuclear weapon states have never actually used them because of a deeply held moral restraint. Neither the
After the events of September 11th, it is clear that we cannot rely on restraint number 2 to protect us from the enemy.
And, unfortunately, given enough time, the chance of the enemy overcoming restraint number 1, either by increasing their own technical capability or by procuring weapons from an existing nuclear weapons state, approaches 100%.
Therefore, there is an unknown, but finite, amount of time that we are working with before
What must be pointed out is that, and Kid Various will give the opponents of the War this, the enemy cannot destroy the
To quote Abraham Lincoln:
At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
The enemy seeks to have us destroy ourselves. The nuclear scenario in which
But, all said, the expansion of government power since September 11th does not change
After an attack of such magnitude that it kills hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people, the pressures to go to any length to secure the homeland will be too great to bear. It is not likely that Americans will escape martial law. The government will have to be invested with great powers to investigate into the private lives of its citizens. The time of
Secondly, we will begin to fight this war unrestrained. That is a terrifying thought.
What Kid Various finds perplexing is that so many people in the Arab world and their fellow travellers in the anti-war movement see
We also would lose our character as Americans, for we would become the greatest mass murderers of innocent civilians since the Stalinist era
We have done it before. If pressed to make the choice, we will choose to do so again. During WWII, the last time our nation was truly mobilized for war, we killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in central Europe and
Similarly, the civilians behind whom the enemy hides, from whom he draws sustenance, from whom he replenishes his ranks, those civilians will be marked as necessary sacrifices to secure the victory of the United States.
The enemy, who pathetically burns American flags in the street, as if by some transitive effect of primitive magic they could do the same to the
The Arabs, for all their bluster, have never produced a
Therefore, we must, in the time allotted to us, destroy or disable the enemy and the threat that he poses.
How then are we to defeat the enemy before he can strike us down?
The preferred method of the AA crowd is apparently to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. Seeking to highlight the alleged folly of the opening of the
As if these people were not complaining about alleged massive civilian casualties and cluster bombs that looked like food packets in the autumn of 2001.
Let Kid Various be clear. The day that Osama bin Laden is marched in chains into federal district court in lower Manhattan to stand trial for the murder of nearly 3,000 Americans will be a great day for this nation.
But it will also be largely strategically insignificant in the War.
Osama bin Laden is not our problem. Al Qaeda is not our problem. Our problem is the dysfunctional culture that exists within Arab societies that produces such twisted men and fuels their illegitimate rage at the West.
Sun Tzu once said:
Where your enemy is strong, harass him.
Where your enemy is weak, strike!
Going after Osama is going after the enemy’s strength. Our enemy’s strength lies in the fact that he is not organized as some sort of terrorist corporation, with operational control of the lower levels held at the top. By killing or capturing Osama we would merely remove one node in a vast enemy network, with different cells and organizations retaining the capability to act independently. Rooting out every terrorist cell across the globe is a Sisyphean task. No matter how many terrorist we kill, the dysfunctional culture of the enemy will simply produce more.
Where the enemy is strong we will harass him. We will continue to hunt for Osama and all his compatriots. We will narrow their areas of operation. We will squeeze their sources of funding. We will deny him movement and resupply. The enemy will never know rest.
But to tie the fate of
Where then is the enemy weakest? The great weakness of the enemy is that his culture is not inherently attractive. He knows this. It’s his greatest fear. He knows that, given a free competition of ideas, his traditional way of life will be extinguished. His weakness is our strength. It is the reason he attacked us in the first place. The value of individual
The enemy sees this as corruption. The
Kid Various has heard it asked, “Why is there no jihad against
Of course, some of the reason for a lack of Jihad against the Chinese lies in the fact that since
But the real reason there is no jihad against
True, they oppress and kill Muslims, but their culture offers no existential threat to the enemy. They have their own authoritarian culture that works just fine, no need to import one from
But the West, led by the
And this is where we will strike him and this is where we will defeat him.
The answer to Mrs. Sheehan’s question is that her son died in
Weapons of mass destruction, links to terrorism, regional instability – are all valid (and true) reasons for the opening of the
We cannot prevent the post-New
Content with their own station and their ability to control their own destiny. Content not to bring their anger and hatred upon us. Content not to set in motion the murderous machinery that will result in the post-New
The enemy knows this. And he knows that if he allows this seed of
That is why the enemy killed Casey Sheehan. That is why they will kill many more like Casey Sheehan. Because if Casey Sheehan, and the hundreds of thousands like him are successful in their mission, the enemy’s way of life is doomed.
And so, it was worth your son’s life Mrs. Sheehan. It is worth my life. It is worth the life of countless numbers of other Americans to ensure that this nation; the most powerful, the most prosperous, the most just, the most good - society in the history of mankind shall not perish from the face of the earth.