Written by a Marine or Marines who were there.
The Will to Win
Unless you are willing to be as unreasonable and as brutal, as your enemy, do not engage him in a conflict — because he will win. This old leatherneck says it better.
A World War II veteran gave a cold, hard reality check when he overheard some people talking about ISIS and how you “can’t kill an ideology”, and how we should follow President Obama’s advice to fight them with diplomacy.
The conversation took place inside a bar, where the II veteran overhead the conversation and had to put in his battle-hardened wisdom.
As told to the Dysfunctional Veterans Facebook page, the crusty old veteran unleashed this tidbit of knowledge:
“These Muslims are no different than the [Imperial] Japanese.”
The Japs had their suicide bombers too. And we stopped them.
“What it takes is the resolve and will to use a level of brutality and violence that your generations can’t stomach.
And until you can, this shit won’t stop.
“It took us on the beaches with bullets, clearing out caves with flamethrowers, and men like LeMay burning down their cities killing people by the tens of thousands.
And then it took 2 atom bombs on top of it.
“But if that was what it took to win we were willing to do it.”
It’s a cold and harsh reality that war isn’t pretty or clean. Wars are terrible things that should only be entered into with good reason and the will to do what is necessary to win – whether that victory is over a nation, a terror group, or an ideology.