Friday, May 1, 2009
Don't Fire until you see the whites of thier eyes!
I am in the Army Reserves after spending 10 years active. I have wrote before about how the military saved my life by getting me off the streets, but some things the Army does is just plain stupid to me.
ROE (Rules of Engagement) and LOW (Laws of War), for all you folks that do not know your standard military jargon.
I get the basic premise behind these two "ideas", but to me both of them are useless.
I am currently on my two week annual deployment that is mandatory for all Reservists. I was given a class yesterday on the "current" ROE and LOW. I was also tasked by the Brigade JAG Officer to train every member of my company, since everyone needs to know what the ROE and LOW are for this particular exercise.
Anyways, while I was sitting through this boring as all hell class, my mind got to wondering and I had an epiphany about how absurd all this shit is.
Why are there "rules" for warfare?
War is not supposed to be civil. The whole purpose of a war is to KILL your enemy.
If I perceive that you are a threat to me, then I should have the right to eliminate that threat, by any means necessary.
I should not have to wait around for permission to protect myself or the ones I am assigned to protect if there is danger afoot.
I should not have to worry about the repercussions of hooking a captured enemies nuts to a car battery if he refuses to give me information I might need that could save myself and the people I am assigned to protect.
I should not have to worry about the repercussions of blowing up a school, hospital or a religious establishment if my enemy is using those establishments for their base of operations.
I am supposed to KILL my enemy.
There are no parts of killing that is nice and orderly.I understand that soldiers should not Rape and Pillage and those that do need to be dealt with, but...There is always a but...
Don't tell me how to protect myself when you are sitting in a nice plush office 3 thousand miles away.
All those rules look nice and politically correct on paper, but until you have 'boots on the ground' and can see first hand that the enemy does not play by our rules or even give a damn about our rules, all those "rule makers" and Gentlemen scholars that think that War is sexy and still believe that Wars should still be fought like the 10 step turn and shoot duels of the 1700 and 1800's need to sit down and shut the fuck up.
Those "rules" make us look weak. They bind us to a standard that cannot be met. They limit our effectiveness on the battlefield.
I understand that there are some things that just should not be done, but all that can be eliminated with proper training and recruiting.
But anyways that is my rant for this week.
Hollar at me in the comments!!