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Can America ever truly pay for its sins?
RE: Can America ever truly pay for its sins?
You know, theres not a single bible in my house...even though my wife is an evangelical christian. (she doesn't need it..like me, she has most of it committed to memory). There is a beautiful quran...though......gold leaf, I even know the man who pressed it. I was introduced by my then best friend..who I would later execute...for murdering other muslims.

You ask me about these politicians I don't support.....none of them had their finger on my belt felt weapon. That was my finger. Mine. Every man I ever killed or didn't was my own. 'd do it all again, even if your stupid god would send me to hell having killed one of his garbage people.
I am the Infantry. I am my country’s strength in war, her deterrent in peace. I am the heart of the fight… wherever, whenever. I carry America’s faith and honor against her enemies. I am the Queen of Battle. I am what my country expects me to be, the best trained Soldier in the world. In the race for victory, I am swift, determined, and courageous, armed with a fierce will to win. Never will I fail my country’s trust. Always I fight on…through the foe, to the objective, to triumph overall. If necessary, I will fight to my death. By my steadfast courage, I have won more than 200 years of freedom. I yield not to weakness, to hunger, to cowardice, to fatigue, to superior odds, For I am mentally tough, physically strong, and morally straight. I forsake not, my country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty. I am relentless. I am always there, now and forever. I AM THE INFANTRY! FOLLOW ME!
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RE: Can America ever truly pay for its sins?
(December 10, 2021 at 2:39 pm)The Grand Nudger Wrote: You know, theres not a single bible in my house...even though my wife is an evangelical christian.  (she doesn't need it..like me, she has most of it committed to memory).  There is a beautiful quran...though......gold leaf, I even know the man who pressed it.  I was introduced by my then best friend..who I would later execute...for murdering other muslims.

You ask me about these politicians I don't support.....none of them had their finger on my belt felt weapon.  That was my finger.  Mine.  Every man I ever killed or didn't was my own.  'd do it all again, even if your stupid god would send me to hell having killed one of his garbage people.

Always seek the inside; not the outside. A beautiful cover won't benefit you, it's all about realising the text inside.


Quote:Sura 29, The Quran:
https://quran.com/29:49?store=false&translations=

(49) But this ˹Quran˺ is ˹a set of˺ clear revelations ˹preserved˺ in the hearts of those gifted with knowledge. And none denies Our revelations except the ˹stubborn˺ wrongdoers.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

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Soldiers usually don't go to battlefields because they believe in a "cause"; especially when the armies you have are like the American army. Whenever the fighting is just "a job", soldiers become inferior killing machines that never work probably without a squad commander or a captain, that's why the U.S army got defeated in Vietnam, then Afghanistan, and it will be defeated again and again because humans are not "machines".

But empires' elites never understand that lesson.
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RE: Can America ever truly pay for its sins?
(December 10, 2021 at 3:03 pm)WinterHold Wrote: Always seek the inside; not the outside. A beautiful cover won't benefit you, it's all about realising the text inside.

On the contrary, the beautiful cover is the only non-vile thing about either the Koran, or the entire 1300 year process that led to that particular copy of the Koran.

(December 10, 2021 at 3:03 pm)WinterHold Wrote: Back to the topic:

Soldiers usually don't go to battlefields because they believe in a "cause"; especially when the armies you have are like the American army. Whenever the fighting is just "a job", soldiers become inferior killing machines that never work probably without a squad commander or a captain, that's why the U.S army got defeated in Vietnam, then Afghanistan, and it will be defeated again and again because humans are not "machines".

But empires' elites never understand that lesson.

You have no clue why the US was defeated in Vietnam.    Notice the US army did not get defeated in Vietnam.  Not once.   It won every battle.
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RE: Can America ever truly pay for its sins?
Quote:Back to the topic:

Soldiers usually don't go to battlefields because they believe in a "cause"; especially when the armies you have are like the American army. Whenever the fighting is just "a job", soldiers become inferior killing machines that never work probably without a squad commander or a captain, that's why the U.S army got defeated in Vietnam, then Afghanistan, and it will be defeated again and again because humans are not "machines".

But empires' elites never understand that lesson.
America was never defeated in battle in Vietnam or Afghanistan they lost for political not military reasons
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RE: Can America ever truly pay for its sins?
(December 10, 2021 at 3:03 pm)WinterHold Wrote:
(December 10, 2021 at 2:39 pm)The Grand Nudger Wrote: You know, theres not a single bible in my house...even though my wife is an evangelical christian.  (she doesn't need it..like me, she has most of it committed to memory).  There is a beautiful quran...though......gold leaf, I even know the man who pressed it.  I was introduced by my then best friend..who I would later execute...for murdering other muslims.

You ask me about these politicians I don't support.....none of them had their finger on my belt felt weapon.  That was my finger.  Mine.  Every man I ever killed or didn't was my own.  'd do it all again, even if your stupid god would send me to hell having killed one of his garbage people.

Always seek the inside; not the outside. A beautiful cover won't benefit you, it's all about realising the text inside.


Quote:Sura 29, The Quran:
https://quran.com/29:49?store=false&translations=

(49) But this ˹Quran˺ is ˹a set of˺ clear revelations ˹preserved˺ in the hearts of those gifted with knowledge. And none denies Our revelations except the ˹stubborn˺ wrongdoers.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

Back to the topic:

Soldiers usually don't go to battlefields because they believe in a "cause"; especially when the armies you have are like the American army. Whenever the fighting is just "a job", soldiers become inferior killing machines that never work probably without a squad commander or a captain, that's why the U.S army got defeated in Vietnam, then Afghanistan, and it will be defeated again and again because humans are not "machines".

But empires' elites never understand that lesson.
 
I was posted to a combat battalion soon after it came back from Vietnam. As a medic I got to meet most of them. Made a point of asking the why they fought. The answer was always the same; to protect themselves and their mates, to not let their mates down. Never heard any idealistic claims. Few had anything but contempt for the Vietnamese.

America lost because unlike Vietnam, the US had a limit to the number of dead soldiers it would accept.  Generals Giap and Hoang did not. This was a war of attrition , which the Americans did not understand.

The US lists 58,220 fatalities. No civilian casualties of which I'm aware;

According to the Vietnamese government, there were 1,100,000 North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong military personnel deaths during the Vietnam War (including the missing). Rummel reviewed the many casualty data sets, and this number is in keeping with his mid-level estimate of 1,011,000 North Vietnamese combatant deaths.

Civilian deaths in the Vietnam War

  • It is estimated that 40,000 South Vietnamese civilians were assassinated by the People’s Army of Vietnam /Viet Cong

  • 250,000 were killed as a result of combat in South Vietnam and 65,000 were killed in North Vietnam.

  • Another 222,000 civilians were counted as military deaths by the U.S. in compiling its “body count.”
I suspect these figures may be inflated, but even if they are, I accept there the mis proportion is still very high. 

 Finally, the ideological  reason Americans were in Vietnam was for a political reason, the so called domino theory. IE That if South Vietnam fell to the communists, so too would the rest of SE Asia. Australia sent a token number of troops to legitimise the America presence. We still had over 300 blokes killed. One was too many, same for the US, imo

The allied grunts on the ground were mushrooms; kept in the dark and fed bullshit. I never met one vet who believed that crap. Met one Gung Ho officer. He had survived Vietnam. I was told he was lucky he was not fragged  (Fragging happened in Aussie battalions but seems to have been rare)  

The Vietnamese were fighting invaders and to unify North and South Vietnam.  It is sometimes overlooked that President Nguyen was a dictator and his regime corrupt.
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RE: Can America ever truly pay for its sins?
(December 5, 2021 at 9:09 pm)Ahriman Wrote: Does America, or even any other nation, really have a moral impetus to change anything?
Yes.

(December 5, 2021 at 9:09 pm)Ahriman Wrote: Why should we?
Because we are understand morality, we have a moral obligation to try to do better today than we did yesterday.

(December 5, 2021 at 9:09 pm)Ahriman Wrote: When lions kill and eat gazelle, do the lions then apologize to the remaining gazelle? Of course not, because it's simply a part of "lion nature" to eat gazelle. Human nature is amoral and has much less to do with empathy than most people would like to believe.
If you are going to argue that humans are amoral, just as any animal with no understanding of morality, then you truly are, as has been stated earlier in this thread, a sociopath.
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RE: Can America ever truly pay for its sins?
(December 11, 2021 at 5:22 pm)Ravenshire Wrote:
(December 5, 2021 at 9:09 pm)Ahriman Wrote: Does America, or even any other nation, really have a moral impetus to change anything?
Yes.

(December 5, 2021 at 9:09 pm)Ahriman Wrote: Why should we?
Because we are understand morality, we have a moral obligation to try to do better today than we did yesterday.

(December 5, 2021 at 9:09 pm)Ahriman Wrote: When lions kill and eat gazelle, do the lions then apologize to the remaining gazelle? Of course not, because it's simply a part of "lion nature" to eat gazelle. Human nature is amoral and has much less to do with empathy than most people would like to believe.
If you are going to argue that humans are amoral, just as any animal with no understanding of morality, then you truly are, as has been stated earlier in this thread, a sociopath.

NO, although many Americans seem to think they do.

As a general principle, nations do not make  policy nor go to war on moral or religious grounds, although they pretend otherwise.

Countries do not have friends. They have allies based on the perceived best intertest of all parties ,they have  countries they ignore and they have enemies.

Peacetime relations between nations are almost always involve some form of quid pro quo.


Basic References; The Art Of War by Sun Tzu and The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. I think Sun Tzu is the better of the two. Both books are in the public domain and  available free in PDF form at The Internet Archive.

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RE: Can America ever truly pay for its sins?
(December 10, 2021 at 3:03 pm)WinterHold Wrote:
(December 10, 2021 at 2:39 pm)The Grand Nudger Wrote: You know, theres not a single bible in my house...even though my wife is an evangelical christian.  (she doesn't need it..like me, she has most of it committed to memory).  There is a beautiful quran...though......gold leaf, I even know the man who pressed it.  I was introduced by my then best friend..who I would later execute...for murdering other muslims.

You ask me about these politicians I don't support.....none of them had their finger on my belt felt weapon.  That was my finger.  Mine.  Every man I ever killed or didn't was my own.  'd do it all again, even if your stupid god would send me to hell having killed one of his garbage people.

Always seek the inside; not the outside. A beautiful cover won't benefit you, it's all about realising the text inside.


Quote:Sura 29, The Quran:
https://quran.com/29:49?store=false&translations=

(49) But this ˹Quran˺ is ˹a set of˺ clear revelations ˹preserved˺ in the hearts of those gifted with knowledge. And none denies Our revelations except the ˹stubborn˺ wrongdoers.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

Back to the topic:

Soldiers usually don't go to battlefields because they believe in a "cause"; especially when the armies you have are like the American army. Whenever the fighting is just "a job", soldiers become inferior killing machines that never work probably without a squad commander or a captain, that's why the U.S army got defeated in Vietnam, then Afghanistan, and it will be defeated again and again because humans are not "machines".

But empires' elites never understand that lesson.

You have no fucking idea why military members do what they do.

For some it may be 'just a job'; that's not true for all.

Just STFU.
 “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” ~Albert Einstein                                                 
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RE: Can America ever truly pay for its sins?
(December 10, 2021 at 4:14 pm)Helios Wrote: America was never defeated in battle in Vietnam or Afghanistan they lost for political not military reasons

I don't completely agree.  It's comforting for Americans to think this and I believe this is what most Vietnam era politicians would like people to believe.  But the fact is the US threw bombs, guns and soldiers at this country for years without reservation and never broke their resolve, not even close.  We were not beaten by force if you are comparing what the allies did to Germany and Japan in WW2, but we also didn't win by force.  If anything it was a stalemate.  But political will, popular acceptance and treasure are all important and valid elements in any war.  If you don't have those things on your side, you can't win a war.  In the beginning, none of those things were a factor, but as the war progressed they became the biggest obstacles.  The war simply could not be won under the circumstances we found ourselves in.  FF 50 years later, the Afghanistan war is very similar.  We may not have lost this war, but we certainly didn't win it either.

(December 11, 2021 at 5:22 pm)Ravenshire Wrote:
(December 5, 2021 at 9:09 pm)Ahriman Wrote: When lions kill and eat gazelle, do the lions then apologize to the remaining gazelle? Of course not, because it's simply a part of "lion nature" to eat gazelle. Human nature is amoral and has much less to do with empathy than most people would like to believe.
If you are going to argue that humans are amoral, just as any animal with no understanding of morality, then you truly are, as has been stated earlier in this thread, a sociopath.

I want to address these two statements in bold, both of which are demonstrably wrong.

First, there are several works demonstrating that animals other than humans understand the concept of fairness.  Frans de Waal's book, Our Inner Ape is just one; there are lots of others.  Him and other scientists have conducted scientific studies that definitively document the behavior of apes and other animals that demonstrate they understand such concepts.  This doesn't mean they share our understanding of such concepts but they do have them.

Further, to argue that humans are "immoral" is simply ignorant.  There's far too much work to argue such a thing.  Individuals may be thus, but there's simply no evidence to suggest this applies to humans as a specie.  What you @Ahriman don't understand is what this means.  Just because you don't agree with the morals of some group doesn't mean they have none.  It just means you don't understand them, and morals are not a simple black/white thing; they can be very complex.
Why is it so?
~Julius Sumner Miller
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RE: Can America ever truly pay for its sins?
@WinterHold


Quote:Soldiers usually don't go to battlefields because they believe in a "cause"; especially when the armies you have are like the American army. Whenever the fighting is just "a job", soldiers become inferior killing machines that never work probably without a squad commander or a captain, that's why the U.S army got defeated in Vietnam, then Afghanistan, and it will be defeated again and again because humans are not "machines".

You are mistaken about some vital aspects of the US military.  During the Vietnam era, most soldiers were conscripted (drafted) and had no say in serving.  Serving in the military was not a job in the sense that they had the option to quite and do something else.  Since that time the military has become a voluntary force, meaning all military personnel voluntarily join up.  This makes it somewhat more like a job, but quitting is still only an option once one's tour is complete.  Many people join the military out of duty to country and many are officers who plan to serve out an entire career, so your observations are quite ignorant.  You would do better to base such statements on some valid source.  The US military is far more sophisticated and highly technical now than it was 50 years ago.  I say this because it requires a lot of training and work to be effective. 

 And regarding your comment about humans not being machines; this is actually just the tip of the iceberg for a conversation that spans thousands of years concerning the preparation for battle.  The most effective force known to man were the ancient Spartans, who were literally trained from birth to do nothing but fight.  In a way, they were killing machines and such focused preparation can transform people into such a thing.  Emotions never go away, but there is plenty of evidence that people can be molded into something any reasonable person would call a fighting machine.
Why is it so?
~Julius Sumner Miller
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