– William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun
The bad guys and girls are using the Internet and social media to advance their attacks on civilization. The visuals are horrific; they know how to use social media to get the best results. For some reason burning people alive is a recruiting tool too.
Today we have Americans and many others around the world aghast at what is now for them at the level of the Naziis in World War II (it is not). Although other regimes were as murderous after WWII (and before), the only news about them came from total counts of the dead. Now we get to see how the dead are killed.
Horrific and disturbing – yes. But, it is also turning Americans from opposing a return to war in the Middle East to “we need to do something besides talking and bombing.” Although you would be hard pressed to know if anything is actually happening on a daily basis to the bad guys, make an informed decision, due to censorship of real news from the combat zone
What all this has done is make me wonder what my fate, and that of many others, would have been in 1975. Vietnam was a mess, ground troops were out, but we had a presence in the air and support. The Viet Cong were taking over a lot of South Vietnam and executing those who had supported the Americans and the troops of other countries. There was a lot of bloodshed and it was not kind. The Viet Cong had a habit of stringing people up and then slicing them up for all to see. They also held executions in plain view.
If the VC had the Internet would we have returned to Vietnam? I say a definitive “YES.”
As one who was in the plans to return, I can say the U.S. was ready to go. President Ford and his military advisors, the Pentagon, and many Republicans were ready to authorize the return. It was only the lack of political support that stopped the return.
If there had been a lot of public viewing of what was going on by the VC, Ford would have gone for the return. Considering he wanted to, but only stopped because of political advisers, tells us a lot. But, if the American public had seen the atrocities they would have supported a return, just as they are supporting a return to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The actions of Bush II continue to affect America and the rest of the world. It is worth watching and listening to the Republicans talk about what is happening in the Middle East or West Asia to understand what they would do if they were emperor. There is the possibility that the Republicans could hold the Congress, White House and Supreme Court. That should scare the pants off most people.
– Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix contributor.