It was not that long ago I had dinner with three friends, including one I will call W. Monger. During dinner, W. Monger decides to share his font of wisdom with us all and thereby solve all the world’s problems. It seems that Mr. Monger, never actually have doned a battle dress uniform himself, felt that America should throw more of its weight around.
“Drop ‘the bomb’ on North Korea and just turn them into a sheet of glass…” He exclaims.
Whereupon he continues to solve all the worlds problems by launching a first strike on all the countries that he feels have fallen into disfavor with his dubious ‘good graces’. It was at this juncture that I pointed out to Mr. W. Monger that North Korea, being a nuclear power itself, is just as likely to turn us into a “‘sheet of glass” right back.
I have encountered some of the younger members of Mr. W. Monger’s extended family over the years…
Back in 1986 the United States decided to bomb Libya in what we now know was called Operation El Dorado Canyon. At the time I was in the military stationed in Korea. Shortly after Operation El Dorado Canyon was taking place I was sitting in class, studying for a graduate degree, when a few members of Mr. Monger’s family piped up. In that back of the room where several young pilots who had never seen combat in their lives exclaiming excitedly how they wish they had been part of the bombing. After awhile I turned around and asked a question that immediately brought silence to the pugnacious crowd of budding pilots….
“How would you like to be one of the pilots who never made it back? Two of them were shot down.”
Silence. Blessed silence.
What brought all this to mind was a recent column by John Kass entitled “Campaign shaping up to be next Toy Story.”
”Santorum is also desperate for toys, and I don’t mean ‘Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warefare: Let’s Bomb Iran Just Because.’
The Toy I’d pick for Santorum is a Peter the Hermit action figure. Can someone please make one? Many years ago, Peter the Hermit led the peasants of Europe on a great crusade to the Holy Land, but unfortunately the peasants were all chopped to bits.”
Now I will be the first to admit that I have not followed Mr. Santorum’s politics, other than the insistance by a few political columnists that he has a proclivity for invading Iran. So I will choose my own toy for Mr. W. Monger and all his ilk – a nerf gun.
You see those who wish to fight wars, and are even anxious for them, are rarely those who have to fight them. And if you talk to those people who have fought them over the years, you will find they are almost never willing to talk about it.
So why a nerf gun?
No one gets hurt and they can bang away at each other all day long.
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