reply to post by cody599
I will tell you where the line is as I know it so well.
In War there will always be events that place in danger the lives of the innocent. This must be avoided at all costs including the lives of those
fighting. A person who has dedicated themselves to fight for a cause of freedom must do so in a manner that never places a Higher Priority upon
killing their target than protecting what and who they are fighting for.
If a Fighter wishes to place themselves in a situation where their life is at stake it is their right. It IS NOT their right to make decisions about
other peoples lives unless those people have made a choice that knowingly places them in the cross hairs.
In Afghanistan the Tribal Regions are dominated by Opium Growing Warlords who protect the civilians as well as feed them all as a way to generate good
will as well as funding by the U.S. Areas without such Warlords are subjected to Taliban rule when the Taliban cross the Pakistan Boarder in the
Spring as they spend Winters in the Tribal Regions of Pakistan during the winter. Such Pakistan located Tribal Leaders are under an ancient code that
is practiced in that a guest of these Tribes must be protected if they are designated as a guest.
To become a guest the Taliban offer Money, Supplies and stories of bravery. U.S. Ultra-Covert Special Forces have also been granted Guest Status
doing the same thing and have even done so in Tribes that already have Taliban Guests. Since entertainment is scarce in such places one Guest may
challenge another Guest to a fight to the Death over Honor and such a contest must be sanctioned by the Tribal Leaders. If this is granted a One on
One knife fight will occur in which the U.S. Special Forces Members always come out on top.
The reason I am talking about this is that the LINE of Fighting for a cause should be exclusive to a person never placing their orders or actions or
goals over the overall goal...and in Afghanistans case...that goal is to kill Taliban and Terrorists. If Civilians are giving safe haven to these
people then efforts to prevent Civilian deaths is called for. Sometimes this is not possible but then again...they have made their choice...and if it
was not their choice then a fighter better well KNOW that.