"I know that you have suffered, lad,
But suffer this awhile:
Whatever makes a soldier sad
Will make a killer smile."
The above was written by the late Leonard Cohen to which copyright belongs with Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. The man was a poet and the quote taken from a song called “The Captain” – worth listening to. We write about Leonard Cohen in Code Name Lucy (rated by many as the best GMJ Book). During the Yom Kippur War of 1973 when Israel got extremely close in being wiped out by a surprise attack from many Muslim Nations including America’s great ally, Saudi Arabia (they gave a brigade of infantry to fight under Syrian command, you will be surprised who else sent troops, Pakistan, the other great US ally – see Code Name VET 101), Cohen, a Jew first and foremost, dropped everything and like many others of his tribe, flew to the Middle East to help the war effort. In the Sinai Desert, Cohen performed for Israeli Army to keep the spirits up.
There is nothing wrong with loyalty and a feeling of belonging to something bigger than yourself like a tribe or a country. Loyalty, the love for the country, is important to troops as much as is food and the ability to shoot a rifle accurately. But at a higher level, much is expected from your leadership, especially the wartime leaders as what they say is known to the troops. It is important also to the image of their country. Through history we saw many examples, I wish to highlight two of them: -
The Arch Liar, that is Winston S Churchill to you, often accurately exposed as a cretin in my books, had a sense of humour combined with an absolute desire to get America to fight the Second World War for him. And he succeeded, we know the history. What many do not know though is that the British Empire (England WAS NOT ALONE!) declared war on Japan before the US did after the Pearl Harbour attack of December 1941. He did so in his unique style:
On the evening of December 7th His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom learned that Japanese forces without previous warning either in the form of a declaration of war or of an ultimatum with a conditional declaration of war had attempted a landing on the coast of Malaya and bombed Singapore and Hong Kong.
In view of these wanton acts of unprovoked aggression committed in flagrant violation of International Law and particularly of Article I of the Third Hague Convention relative to the opening of hostilities, to which both Japan and the United Kingdom are parties, His Majesty's Ambassador at Tokyo has been instructed to inform the Imperial Japanese Government in the name of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom that a state of war exists between our two countries.
I have the honour to be, with high consideration,
Your obedient servant,
Winston S. Churchill
He later wrote: "Some people did not like this ceremonial style. But after all when you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.” He had a point. In the British tradition, a condemned man is supposed to shake the hand of his executioner or at least pay for his jailors’ upkeep. That is good manners, ironically, lost in the PC Mad society that we live in. Today such a letter is unthinkable.
Decades later came Hillary R Clinton (aka Hilarious), then US Secretary of State, as bad if not worse than the current Emperor Pompeo, both the butts of jokes and much sarcasm in the GMJ Books, well deserved, I assure you. Yet, they are dangerous to those around them since they have power and they like using their power. Just ask Libya’s Colonel Ghaddafi, brutally murdered after he became a friend of the West & NATO and giving up his nuclear weapons program. Look at the now notorious video recording of Hilarious discussing his death. Note her leering face as she said, chortling, this was amusing to her: “We came. We saw. He died.”
This was the US Secretary of State, in office at the time, trash talking the death of a man considered to be an ally before being attacked by the US on grounds which are even less defensible than the attack on Iraq of 2003 (something which Hilarious voted for, as did Joe Biden, as did Mr Obama). Now let us see what the warrior code prescribes:
It was the Duke of Wellington, the famous British General and later Statesman, that defeated Napoleon, that said in 1815 after the Battle of Waterloo: “My heart is broken by the terrible loss I have sustained in my old friends and companions and my poor soldiers. Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.”
That is the warrior’s code summarized for you, an example taught at military school to all prospective officers, dignity, to respect your enemy and your mates, to act with honour. I just cannot see a Mr Dwight D Eisenhower or Prime Minister Winston Churchill, acting in the same disrespectful way, I just cannot, not even Vladimir Putin but perhaps Idi Amin and Saddam Hussein. For myself, I have seen thousands of dead in my years, I killed many and I know the warrior code by heart. I know what death looks like and I know what it smells like when you stand among the corpses, checking for intelligence. I know the blood and the gore and I heard the cries of men in agony often enough. To me, it is not a computer game devoid of reality or something to witness from your air-conditioned office in Washington to cackle about, arrogantly, in front of a news camera. It is a husband, a father, a son, that gave his life for his cause, right or wrong, lying there waiting for you to show the final respect to bury him with dignity. I have never seen anyone else claiming to be well educated, caring and compassionate about human life and in a respectable position of power in a major nation priding themselves to be the “Leader of the Free World,” showing that much contempt being that far away from the warrior’s code we believe in. Even to this day no one cares at the White House on how much the “f-you we don’t apologise” attitude is harming the intelligence efforts on the War on Terror. They don’t even get this in their superb example of arrogance gone mad. They don’t give a rat’s ass because they have never smelled death closely before and think for some reason it cannot come back at them in the future. They are as innocent as a new-born baby and as brutal as a pack of hyenas but at least, hyenas are hungry, they must kill to eat. We hold such people, breaking the warrior’s code at will and over a period of years and not even knowing it, following the very same pattern with no end in sight, in the utmost contempt and so should you that are reading here.
Seen in the light above, what does it matter if Donald J Trump recently wrote a less than diplomatic letter to Turkish President Erdogan telling him not to be a fool? It seems to me that Mr Trump is attacked for ending a war that the US had no business in being involved in once ISIS was destroyed as claimed. Bring your troops home where they belong. Stop meddling and the unholy arrogance. You really don’t have a military capable of defeating a First World Nation. You are heading for defeat!