posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 07:52 PM
Originally posted by dooper
Good for you. Unless the young ones can learn skills from their elders, how may they know where they are, who they are, and that which is important?
Most young ones only know that the world revolves around them with no thought of their place in it, and when events splash cold water of reality in
their faces, they have no tools, no anchor, no substance.
The other extreme is the young ones who are abandoned and left to their own devices. They come to believe that they do not matter to anyone, and of
course no one is there to correct that assumption.
I'm part Cherokee, and in combat, my close brother was Yaqui. I wrote a book on inviolable principles of warfare, and pointed out that the Apache
was the greatest guerilla fighters that ever walked the earth, either mounted, or on foot. And I meant every word. The grandmother of my Yaqui
brother made me some knee-high, boot top moccasins and sent me a few extra soles. My God, they were great for feeling everything underfoot!
No offence meant. I'm part Cherokee also and there is a reason they got moved to reservations.
Nobody truly knows what they would do with a real fight on their hands. It's likely that many barking bravado would be dumping a load their buckskins
and others deemed timid would be valiant. When bullets are whizzing all around you and there is no place to hide bravado goes away. When faced with
death (which is a permanent thing) it can be pretty unnerving that first time. Not saying there are not some true bad asses here on this board but the
vast majority of Americans aren't ready for that feeling. There are some countries that deal with this everyday and thank God they are not as well
armed. They would easily outfight us.
I don't think it is a matter of "IF" we will have to fight a war on our shores but if we can win. As others have said, we are by far better armed
as a populace. Much more than any other nation. But chucking spears at one another is only one form of war. There is the siege, rendering useless
your adversaries resources, disease. Another thing to take into account is that you can only have a powerful military if you have a powerful economy.
The powerful military keeps war from your shores. Our economy has been resting on it's laurels for some time now. We are about to enter an entirely
Think about this. As far as I know our oil primarily comes from Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. We have no well protected easily available (liquid)
source available within the nation. Oil is needed for not only fuel but pesticides, fertilizers, plastics, medicine, and on and on. How hard would it
be to cut off Alaska? What about the Gulf? What would be the effect if transportation dies, crops can't be grown for a year, etc?
I would argue that one major reason we haven't seen any beginning moves towards us is because all things are financial. That would make the question
"Have they finished milking us" or do we still have time? Hell, some well connected people, aka our leaders, will sell their own people for top
dollar. Just so they can go to the Country Club and know they are esteemed because of their money and power. But, I won't wander off about the ego of
Could we win a war? Maybe.
[edit on 12-7-2009 by Apollumi]