on the bin Laden hit is amazing. You have to understand, I personally don’t have problem one about what happened. But then again, I’m not a liberal, so I don’t face the same contradictions.
I know several people who in good faith had heartburn over “enhanced interrogations” and targeted assassinations. They tended to be rather naive but well intentioned folks who had mainly never made a “command decision” in their lives. Some got to be decent executives, but that was the exception rather than the rule. Some were merely hacks. Some were just fooled by the MSM. Some were just confused because they had not really encountered evil in this world. None of them understood what the deal was.
It seems that Winston Churchill (that source of so many great quotes–though the actual source of this quote is disputed) said, “We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
And that’s true. It’s true that I personally do not have it in me to visit violence on those who would do me harm, and the same is true for many of my friends. I would shy away from putting a bullet in bin Laden’s head. One of my friends in a past life (we lived together for 6 weeks as roomates) was a Navy SEaL, and I heard many stories about the men who were in that program and what they did. Some of it was disturbing and I in no way want my sons to do the same things. And yet, what they do is important in a very real sense. I sleep soundly in my bed at night because of what they do. Their behavior allows me to keep my morals.
In fact, sometime we’ll have a discussion about how the actions of others, actions that I would morally shrink from, allow me to keep myself unspotted. But that’s a discussion for another day.
In talking about great commanders, a writer recently said that these guys were usually not the kind of people you would want to be around, but you were very glad that they were around. Many paid a steep personal price, and many simply could not adjust to peacetime. Even Winston Churchill (who was was a fantastic war time PM) was voted out shortly after the end of WWII–he was just no longer needed, and his skill set was not really geared for the times.
Churchill said, when it looked like Germany would destroy England, ”If this island history of ours is going to end, let it end only with each of us choking on his own blood.” Gee, that is pretty dark, pretty gruesome! Yeah, the world we live in is not pretty at times.
But that kind of talk was simply not needed after the war was over, and neither was Winston Churchill.