the pile of work sitting on my desk, I determined that Sunday after
church I would invoke the "day of rest" clause and indulge
in a power nap. With experience comes competence – I can nap with
the best of them. But I woke up with a sense of dread. Justin Raimondo
and Joseph Farrah had written last week of the menace of war and
despite my best efforts, I was unable to put it out of my mind.
Just a bad dream I hope – but what if they are right?
is no sense pretending our leaders would not start a war just to
gain a political advantage. Shattered aspirin factories and dead
Iraqi children are a testament to the harsh reality of politics
in this brave new world of ours. Why is it one wonders, that with
despotism war follows like a slug dragging a trail of slime across
the Kosovo bombing I kept up a correspondence with a Serbian music
instructor with whom I shared the common bonds of music and the
Christian faith. It got pretty ugly for his family at several points
– his wife just missed being eviscerated by flying glass when a
near miss sent the windows in his front room flying. He asked me
once, how could this be happening? What could I say? My lame response
was that when we live under despotic rulers, war was inevitable.
I wasn't referring to Milosovic, by the way.
are large numbers of Americans who have no wish for the government,
which ostensibly represents them, to kill without justifying that
killing under the auspices of our own constitution which means only
in self defense. Never the less, it happens routinely. How is it
that we as Americans can tolerate this? How can we allow our government,
which like all governments is ultimately responsible to the people,
to murder foreigners in our name? Yet when August comes, will the
bombs fall again? If late summer means yet another orgy of blood
lust, what will we do?
defense is so obvious and natural that our founders called it an
"inalienable right." To Christians, and to those unbelievers
who accept the concept of "natural law," the government
is charged with the duty of "wielding the sword" to punish
miscreants and defend the people from attack We are however, specifically
forbidden to commit murder under any and all circumstances. It should
be noted that people do not have to be of my faith to be enjoined
under civil and natural law to forbear from taking the life of another.
Mr. Bill Clinton has been doing is exactly murder! He's been doing
it without any constitutional basis and scarcely a murmur from our
quiescent and badly compromised congress, and he's been doing it
in our name. We as a people share the responsibility for his crimes
because we have tolerated it; some who should know better openly
more than a year ago we sat silently while our own government propagated
a disinformation extravaganza of Hitlerian proportion and used it
to justify the bombing of a Christian people to protect a group
of Islamic narco-terrorists. For centuries the Serbs have lived
on what used to be known as the "military frontier" and
have been Europe's first line of defense against the Muslim invaders.
History would have been a lot different if those folks had failed
in their duty. Clinton murdered them in large numbers and now the
churches are burning and terrorism reigns supreme, while thousands
of US troops huddle in enclaves, wondering what on earth they are
barely raised our voices in protest, while murder was done in our
name, under our watch. A government "of the people, by the
people and for the people" is one in which the citizens must
share in the culpability for the misdeeds of the leaders. It was
us; we tolerated murder.
are out there, many conservatives to whom war is just a matter of
foreign policy. Some of them, but I'll wager not many, have actually
had a taste of war and are still able to stomach terms like "surgical
strike" and "projection of power." For those of you
in the great majority, that is to say, those armchair warriors who
urge us always to wage war rather than mind our own business, I
have a little vignette to share that might help you understand what
demons are fluttering their wings against the lid of Pandora's box
this among the nations: prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let
all the fighting men draw near and attack." Joel 3:9
combat team crossed the river into Mozambique and for the next four
days was involved in near constant fighting, which seemed to go
on so long we couldn't remember after a while, what it had been
like before the shooting started. Here is a taste of that…
radios hum with activity and messages of dire import, our airborne
stop groups are caught by mortar fire as they hit the landing zones,
motorized infantry units are in contact simultaneously on several
fronts; resistance is much stiffer than anticipated – it usually
is. Casualties all over the place, and of course some officer shouting
into a radio demanding to know "just what the hell is going
radio begins to emit a curious sound like a symphony recorded in
the hell of some science fiction fantasy world, distinctly creepy.
Jamming! An air strike goes in with startling intensity. Almost
before the roar of the jet engines has passed, explosions blossom
in the distance. Anti-Aircraft fire clutches at the planes with
fingers of colored tracer, the noise of the bombs detonating reaches
the cringing shock troops several seconds later; and a light machine-gun
goes off, firing so impossibly fast that it has to be one of theirs.
"Contact! Contact!" The signals people have found a clear
frequency and are already calling in details. Before they finish,
the situation has changed totally. The assault group is in the middle
of a vast complex of base camps crisscrossed by trenches and protected
by bunkers and heavy weapons nests. Men are jumping off the vehicles
and shouting orders, waving their arms and gesturing with their
weapons. People are shooting in all directions, the armored vehicles
open fire, a rocket shrieks overhead. Enemy machine-gun fire is
punctuated by detonations in the distance that sound like mortars,
and the anti-aircraft guns are still intermittently sending burning
streams of tracer into the sky and the side of a nearby gomel (hill).
Casualties are reported by nervous voices over the radio - nobody
knows how many yet; numerous still forms on the ground, most of
them in the quasi-uniform of the enemy. Suddenly the firing slacks
up, continuing in the distance but this skirmish has run its quick,
violent course. One mobile fire-team is off to get the casualties
to a clearing in the woods where the choppers can get in for casevac.
Mop up and move on. That's it folks. Combat...
author was a participant in that fire fight and can say that from
the time the first machine-gun opened fire until the thirty odd
enemy troops were wiped out was probably five minutes at most. A
very intense five minutes indeed. There was no concept of time while
this was going on, many things were transpiring simultaneously,
tracers were flying all over the place, and the decibel level was
at the threshold of pain. Both metaphorically, and literally, it
was apocalyptic. This contact was one of several occurring simultaneously
within a seven square mile area. The fighting continued through
the night and it just went on and on.
a seemingly significant fracas like that skirmish at Chomoio and
consider that in World War II this level of intensity would have
been noted in the communiqués as a quiet day at the front...
consideration of combat is the sheer lethality of modern weaponry.
Merely being in the vicinity of combat troops puts you at risk.
Moving large numbers of vehicles, ordnance and people inevitably,
and consistently, involves casualties from accidents. The numerous
people killed in accidents are just as dead as those killed in a
firefight. Shouldn't it at least count for something?
the scariest part of it is the fact that in war, you always have
to go against your natural instincts, ignoring common sense and
offering up your body to the blood lottery. Killing other men… It
feels so stupid some times, so insane, to simply shut down your
brain and walk straight into an area where you know there are snipers
and booby-traps and land mines... Miserable stinkin' mines - some
just blow your foot off, some jump up in the air and spit shrapnel
in your face... Should they miss you the first time around, no problem.
They just sit there, waiting, patient and lethal. Somebody will
show up eventually.
like fun to you, Mr. neo-conservative?
do I pick on the conservatives? Maybe it's because they should know
better. Conservatives and others on the political right talk a good
constitutional message yet I see no real organized opposition to
the death machine. Where was the outcry when we bombed the Serbians
or the Iraqis? Where was Congress? Where was Dubya? I saw no declaration
of war, nor was I aware of any danger to the United States. What
legal justification was there for the murder of the people killed
there by our armed forces?
those on the political right in America speak out if Clinton opens
the party again? Probably not, based on their track record. All
we hear from them is admonitions to "hit ‘em harder,"
and "keep friendly casualties down." Are they not in collusion
will not consider those who claim to be centrists. That particular
fantasy is spun by people who have no core beliefs and merely hope
that everything will turn out all right. It is not upon such political
lightweights that history turns. Their role seems to be to whine,
and to be used by the left (or in Nazi Germany, the right) to form
temporary coalitions while building a movement. They are worthy
of our contempt, but not much else.
of the left? Nobody pretends any longer that the Democratic party
is anything but a front group for the cultural Marxists. The results
are in; it's not even a controversial topic of conversation any
more. That Bill Clinton will murder other human beings is not a
debatable topic either. Yet his supporters will jump on any bandwagon
required of them, in exchange for their thirty pieces of silver
– in the form of a little sexual depravity here, some dead babies
there – not a problem – we're all having a ball.
has spoken out for the rule of law? Well, partner, it wasn't the
sorry, but we have no political party in America that stands for
the constitution of the United States. We have no party that stands
for peaceful non-aggression and a strong defense. We have no party
that will even support the fundamental duty of securing our own
borders. Our military is no longer geared toward defense, we are
arming down to "fight light" which means an endless progression
of "peace keeping" missions, sticking our collective noses
in other peoples business.
what is going to happen in August? Will that appalling Albright
woman get her way and spread an ugly war from Kosovo into Montenegro?
Will Clinton decide he hasn't killed enough Iraqis yet and up the
ante there? Or will they invent some new playground for their mayhem,
some new terrorist mastermind who "must be stopped." Remember
that what those people are peddling is not just politically unsound,
it is plain stone evil! So yes, they will do literally anything
to stay in power and advance their hideous agenda.
real question is simple: how much longer are we going to tolerate
these criminals in positions of power? If we wait too long, as the
Russians did, we might lose too much. There is a point of no return.
Some say we have reached it already. God forbid.
invite you to join me this summer in praying for peace. Pray that
God will frustrate the efforts of the warmongers and send them confusion.
Pray that we don't travel so far down the highway of death that
we can never get off. Pray that He will forgive us for mocking Him,
for murdering our neighbors, for murdering our children, and for
our ingratitude. Pray that this inestimable gift of freedom that
our fathers bequeathed us, and which we thoughtlessly squandered;
is there for our children.
Peirce fought with the Rhodesian freedom fighters (the Ian Smith
side, of course).