Monday, February 9, 2015

U.S. casualty

Price of war


ACCORDING TO DAESH (ISIS/ISIL), KAYLA JEAN MUELLE, the 26-year-old U.S. citizen 26-year-old American aid worker died when the building she was being held in by Daesh was struck by Jordanian aircraft, according to the SITE intelligence group.

Assuming the story is true, Ms. Muelle is fortunate that she died in the bombing rather than at the hands of Daesh which has taken to burning its victims alive.

While I offer condolences to those close to her, I would remind everyone, particularly other volunteers, that this is a war zone and protection cannot be guaranteed by any source.

She should not have been in Syria, not matter how concerned she was for the Syrians on any side of the intra-Muslim war.

IF ANY U.S. CITIZEN WANTS TO AID OTHERS, let that citizen start at home - in their own community and when all aid needs are satisfied there, then the citizen's state, then the greater U.S.

Beyond any doubt there are U.S. citizens and both legal and illegal - sorry, "undocumented" - aliens who need succor as much as anyone in a war zone.

IN THEORY there is no U.S. presence on the ground in Syria or it's province, Lebanon, so U.S. aid workers and "reporters" can expect NO assistance from the U.S.

It's been proven, all too many times, that the U.S. is not able to "extract" (rescue) its people from the hands of Muslim terrorists - and in Syria, it's hard to know who is a terrorist: Hezbollah, Daesh, the unaffiliated rebels, or the government.

MEANWHILE, IGNORING LESSONS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN LEARNED IN AFGHANISTAN the fools in Washington are sending weapons to combatants in Syria .

Doesn't ANYONE remember how the U.S. supplied the Taliban weapons for their fight with the Russians? Are the denizens within the Beltway totally unaware of the absolute accuracy of Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás who said "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (or words to that effect).

What is going on in Syria, Iran/Iraq, and about to break out elsewhere (Turkey) is anarchy.

During World War II, and in wars and conflicts since, reporters went with the troops; aid workers - notably pacifists - went with, and were more-or-less protected by, the soldiers and sailors surrounding them. Today, so called reporters and aid workers wander around in war zones sans any protection; consequently, these people are becoming victims of combatants.

I can understand a desire by some to want to help, but how can anyone help another when

  1. They really don't know who is fighting who
  2. They lack protection from the people they want to aid
  3. Their country - and its allies - have no presence in the area

The sad part is when a reporter or do-gooder is captured, they beg their government - the U.S., England, Japan, Jordan - to rescue them at all costs.

The exception to the above is the Jordanian pilot who was shot down while on a bombing mission. Jordan offered a prisoner swap; Daesh burned the pilot anyway. Jordan - knowing the Daesh mentality - immediately hanged two terrorists and promised to execute several more.

By the way, if you wonder why Daesh burned the Jordan's Muslim pilot, the answer is that the soul of a burned Muslim cannot enter heaven or receive his 70 virgins.

Ms. Muelle was "collateral damage." She was in the wrong place - by her own choice - at the wrong time.

While I feel for the woman's kin, I cannot generate any sympathy for the woman. She went to the area against the advice of her country; she knew it was a war zone (ergo her raison d'etre) and she was doing what she wanted to do when she was captured by Daesh and held in the building that a bomb turned into rubble.


While Israel and Arab states use Arab acronym Daesh, most world knows radical Islamist force as either ISIS or ISIL.

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