Friday, February 04, 2005

"It's fun to shoot them"

Donald Sensing posts about the Marine general who said this. Need to read it in context at Sensing's post. Additional money quote:
"Americans simply will not face up to what war is all about. They want it to be nice." -- US Marine Chesty Puller, who entered the Corps as a private and retired as a lieutenant general after earning five Navy Crosses.
Reminiscent of Col. Jessup's "you-can't-handle-the-truth!" speech in "A Few Good Men":
Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? . . . You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.

We use words like honor, code, loyalty . . . we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline.

I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post.
This speech is like Polonius' "to-thine-own-self-be-true" speech to Laertes -- in the context of the play, it was ironic. But it was nevertheless true.

Col. Jessup's speech is in the context of justifying murder. Yet -- it also contains truth. Semper fi, and God bless the Marines.
(Guess who figured out how to post photos and logos? C'est moi;
Yikes! Total clash: Marines and French in the same post!)

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