Originally posted by Silver Shadow
If a nuclear torpedo sinks even one US carrier and takes a full crew of 6,000 Americans with it, that might turn around the US publics enthusiasm for
Au contraire, it would further wet the appetite for warfare the Americans have. They would use this as rallying cry, 'Remember the (insert carrier
name here)' they would say.
You do not understand the psychology of American people.
Now you are beginning to understand.
When the Nazis bombed civilian London, instead of sticking to bombing only military targets, it just made Britain more determined to fight on.
When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, it made Americans really really angry!
The Japanese thought , Wow! we sure kicked some ass that day.
But then that American boiling seething deep down anger only strengthened America, and made it more determined to fight Japan.
And when America launches a surgical strike against some defenseless little third world country, Americans say "gee we sure won that one easy".
But all it does is really piss off a really really determined enemy even more.
America always win short battles but always lose long wars.
That has been the case in every strictly American war since WW2.
Americans think the quick surgical strike with overwhelming military force and superior fire power will win a war.
It does not, and has not.
Americans say, we will never be beaten.
Every American will fight any invader on American soil to the last man and the last bullet.
But exactly the same American thinks a single air strike will totally defeat and demoralize a foreign enemy on HIS home soil. "Shock and awe" is
what Americans like to call it.
Just realize that some poor uneducated rag head, or bare footed starving gook, will fight for his home, his family, and his country, just as
determinedly as some affluent cigar smoking, Corvette/Mustang driving American.
It is why America always loses wars.
Americans just don't understand the PSYCHOLOGY and the MORALITY of warfare, and never will.
Warfare is a lot more than just blowing things up and killing and torturing people, and making your enemy more determined to win.
But that concept is far too sophisticated for your average gun loving American.
Whenever Americans start torturing prisoners of war, you know you have already lost that war........
But that too is far more than most Americans will ever understand.
[edit on 7/8/2010 by Silver Shadow]