Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Conflict Resolution - the very old fashioned way:
According to the most recent wire reports, 11 people, all Iraqis, were killed today by a homicide car bomb that exploded just outside the Green Zone in Baghdad, somewhere close to the British embassy. Add that to the Bulgarian truck driver who was executed either yesterday or today and you come up with a security situation that is simply intolerable.
Between Al Sadr's revocation of the truce agreement in Fallujah, and Zarkawi's continued kidnapping and execution of foreign nationals, I'm getting really tired of these Islamic nutcases being treated like human beings, let alone leaders of whatever they profess to believe in.
Some people, mostly left wing politicians and their mainstream media bedfellows, spend their days wringing their hands about the situation. They declare the situation hopeless and decry those who brought us here. They have no solutions, only whining complaints.
I believe I have found a solution - one of them anyway. I found it, of all places, in the Book of Mormon. For those of you who haven't read it yet, it really is a great book of military strategy, in addition to being Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
I digress. Bear with me.
In the 44th chapter of the Book of Alma the story of told of the conflict between Capitan Moroni, commander of the Nephite army, and Zerahemnah (don't worry, I can't pronounce it either), commander of the Lamanite army. Moroni's forces, though outnumbered, were better trained, equipped, and commanded than were their Lamanite opponents. A "cease fire" had been called between the armies, and the two commanders met on the field of battle.
Zerahemnah's forces had been beaten. He knew this. Moroni demanded Zerahemnah surrender his arms and enter into a non aggression covenant. Zerahemnah gave his weapons to Moroni, but delcared he would not enter into a covenant he knew he, and his people, would break.
Well, at least Zerahemnah is more truthful than Al Sadr.
After listening to Zerahemnah declare his intentions, Moroni returned to him his sword with a single phrase:
Behold, we will end the conflict.
Now, you may wonder if Moroni then proceeded to attempt further negotiations with his opponent. Perhaps he attempted to appease them in some manner. Maybe he called in some mental health practicioners to ascertain what made his enemies hate him so much.
I hate to disappoint you, but none of the above listed avenues fit Moroni's idea of conflict resolution.
Moroni's forces proceeded with what was called "the work of death" upon the people of Zerahemnah. They spilled their enemies' blood until such time as they surrendered their weapons and entered into a covenant of peace.
That is conflict resolution, the old fashioned way.
In Iraq, the US is in much the same position. Our forces are outnumbered, never the less they are better trained, equipped, and commanded than are their opponents. Truces between the two sides have been set up, and broken, more times than I care to count.
As crass as it may sound, I submit to you the only way to end this conflict is to inflict the work of death upon the murdering thug terrorists until such time as they enter into a covenant of peace, or they die. Yes, we may have to be like General Maximus of Gladiator fame, and unleash hell upon the terrorists until such time as they know they have been beaten.
People like Zarkawi and Al Sadr do not value life and indeed see glory and honor in death. Perhaps it is time for us to aid them in their quest for glory.