Ignoring for a second the fact that the subject's already being covered elsewhere...
Why should people be exempt from certain tours? Surely if they feel strongly enough about a subject that they're willing to kill their friends and colleagues for it, then not sending them on a tour to Afghanistan isn't going to change their fundamental thinking? Surely in that case, they shouldn't even be in the army in the first place, and therefore not have to worry about the moral dilemma that they've set for themselves.
Oh, and comparing suicide bombers to someone throwing himself on a grenade? C0ck. (The shooter, not you)
Glad this thread started. The old one got locked due to one pster with over the top posts inspired by anger and perhaps alcohol and others slagging him while a few of us were trying to share information.
There has been a lot of talk about the female officer who put 4 rounds into Major Hasan despite being wounded. Today I spotted an article that names her and also discusses another quite young woman who was helping others despite having been shot.
FORT HOOD, Texas - The top commander at Fort Hood is crediting a civilian police officer for stopping the shooting rampage that killed 13 people at the Texas post. Lt. Gen. Bob Cone also hailed a young Army nutritionist who helped the wounded.
Cone said Friday that Fort Hood police Sgt. Kimberly Munley and her partner responded within three minutes of reported gunfire Thursday afternoon. Cone said Munley shot the gunman four times despite being shot herself.
Officials said Munley was in stable condition.
Cone said, "It was an amazing and an aggressive performance by this police officer."
Cone also hailed Amber Bahr, 19, as an "amazing young lady."
The commander told NBC's TODAY show that the nutritionist put a tourniquet on a wounded soldier and carried him out to medical care. And only after she had taken care of others did she realize she had been shot, he said.
On Thursday, her mother, Lisa Pfund, told the Sheboygan Press that she spoke briefly to Bahr after she was taken to a community hospital.
"I actually got to talk to Amber and I talked to her for about 30 seconds and she was in a lot of pain," Pfund said. "She couldn't tell me nothing, either."
The suspected gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is hospitalized on a ventilator.
2,300 years ago, a Chinese philosopher called Sun Tzu advised, "If you know yourself, but not your enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat."
Have we forgotten the lessons of the past so quickly? "Know thine Enemy" This is the central core that is missing in all of these Eastern campaigns.
What are we fighting?
Who are we fighting?
And for what goal?
The trouble is that we cannot mention the truth, for the truth is called by many names nowadays, and few of them are complimentary. But the name-calling has its desired effect, and discussion of truth is muted or abandoned. So the politicians and military are still fighting these wars with one arm tied behind their back, lashing out blindly in the darkness - because they don't know who or what their enemy really is.
There are none so blind as those who WILL not see.