Navajo Code Talker says Redskins name not derogatory
75% of Native Americans say the Redskins is either not derogatory or they just don’t give a fuck because there are far more pressing issues in life. Personally, I believe the name is a celebratory thing. The “Redskins” were tough mother fuckers. Kind of like how the Vikings were hardcore badasses. It’s an almost mystified kind of badassery. Nobody fucked with the Vikings and nobody wanted to fuck with the Native Americans because they were both on a whole other level of badass. Making those kinds of people into mascots is something of endearment, not of shame.
The Airshow at Cabanatuan Death Camp, the Philippines, World War II.
As American forces closed in on Japan during World War II, they began to liberate Japanese run POW camps in the Pacific. What was discovered was truly horrific, as the camps were akin to Nazi death camps in Europe. There prisoners faced torture, beatings, starvation, disease, and death. When American forces landed in the Philippines in October of 1944, they faced a dilemma. The Philippines held thousands of American and Filipino prisoners, most of whom were captured after the Battle of Bataan over two years earlier,when almost 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers were captured. It was feared that when the Americans attempted to liberate the Japanese prison camps, the Japanese guards would simply execute their prisoners. Thus, the tactics of liberating the camps involved very fast assaults combined with elements of trickery.
In January of 1945, 133 Army Rangers and Alamo scouts set out to liberate the Japanese prison camp named Cabanatuan, which held around 500 starving and diseased American POW’s. They would later be joined by over 250 Filipino guerrillas. After conducting a reconnaissance of the camp, they developed a plan for liberating the prisoners while quickly eliminating the 220 Japanese guards before they could react and harm any of the POW’s. What resulted was a brilliant act of trickery that would make the Cabanatuan raid one of the most successful prison camp raids of the Pacific.
As the Rangers slowly approached the camp during the night of January 30th, a P-61 Black Widow flew over the prison. Piloted by Capt. Kenneth Schrieber and Lt. Bonnie Rucks, the fighter cut one of its engines and restarted it, causing loud backfires that gained the attention of the whole camp. Schrieber then performed a night airshow, performing various acrobatic maneuvers, buzzing the camp, and at one point even flying within 30 feet of the ground and pretending to crash. The airshow attracted the attention of all the guards, whose eyes all gazed at Schriebers aerobatics. As the Japanese guards watched the sky, the Army Rangers used the distraction to slowly crawl towards the camp. Because of the distraction, Army Rangers were able to sneak to within mere yards of enemy pillboxes and guard towers. As Ranger Capt. Robert Prince put it, ”the idea of an aerial decoy was a little unusual and honestly, I didn’t think it would work, not in a million years. But the pilot’s maneuvers were so skillful and deceptive that the diversion was complete. I don’t know where we would have been without it.”
The airshow lasted 20 minutes. Once in position, the Army Ranger sprang from their positions and sprayed the Japanese with devastating close range gunfire. The ruse worked so well that within 15 seconds all the camp’s guard towers and pillboxes were destroyed and all of the guards were slaughtered. The camp itself was secured within 30 minutes, and 522 prisoners were quickly loaded onto carts and evacuated. After the prisoners were evacuated the Rangers and Filipino guerrilla’s held off counterattacking Japanese forces with the assistance of P-61 Black Widows and P-51 Mustangs. The resulting battle resulted in the loss of 530–1,000 Japanese soldiers and the destruction of 4 Japanese tanks. Incredibly, only 2 American soldiers and 2 prisoners were lost.
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"Veterans need to share the moral burden of war."
(Opinion editorial by Sebastian Junger, originally published in the Washington Post, 24 MAY 2013.)
Recently I was a guest on a national television show, and the host expressed some indignation when I said that soldiers in Afghanistan don’t much discuss the war they’re fighting. The soldiers are mostly in their teens, I pointed out. Why would we expect them to evaluate U.S. foreign policy?
The host had made the classic error of thinking that war belongs to the soldiers who fight it. That is a standard of accountability not applied to, say, oil-rig workers or police. The environment is collapsing and anti-crime measures can be deeply flawed, but we don’t expect people in those fields to discuss national policy on their lunch breaks.
Soldiers, though, are a special case. Perhaps war is so obscene that even the people who supported it don’t want to hear the details or acknowledge their role. Soldiers face myriad challenges when they return home, but one of the most destructive is the sense that their country doesn’t quite realize that it — and not just the soldiers — went to war. The country approved, financed and justified war — and sent the soldiers to fight it. This is important because it returns the moral burden of war to its rightful place: with the entire nation. If a soldier inadvertently kills a civilian in Baghdad, we all helped kill that civilian. If a soldier loses his arm in Afghanistan, we all lost something.
The growing cultural gap between American society and our military is dangerous and unhealthy. The sense that war belongs exclusively to the soldiers and generals may be one of the most destructive expressions of this gap. Both sides are to blame. I know many soldiers who don’t want to be called heroes — a grotesquely misused word — or told that they did their duty; some don’t want to be thanked. Soldiers know all too well how much killing — mostly of civilians — goes on in war. Congratulations make them feel that people back home have no idea what happens when a human body encounters the machinery of war.
I am no pacifist. I’m glad the police in my home town of New York carry guns, and every war I have ever covered as a journalist has been ended by armed Western intervention. I approved of all of it, including our entry into Afghanistan. (In 2001, U.S. forces effectively ended a civil war that had killed as many as 400,000 Afghans during the previous decade and forced the exodus of millions more. The situation there today is the lowest level of civilian suffering in Afghanistan in 30 years.) But the obscenity of war is not diminished when that conflict is righteous or necessary or noble. And when soldiers come home spiritually polluted by the killing that they committed, or even just witnessed, many hope that their country will share the moral responsibility of such a grave event.
Their country doesn’t. Liberals often say that it’s not their problem because they opposed the war. Conservatives tend to call soldiers “heroes” and pat them on the back. Neither response is honest or helpful. Neither addresses the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder afflicting our veterans. Rates of suicide, alcoholism, fatal car accidents and incarceration are far higher for veterans than for most of the civilian population. One study predicted that in the next decade 400,000 to 500,000 veterans will have criminal cases in the courts. Our collective avoidance of this problem is unjust and hypocritical. It is also going to be very costly.
Civilians tend to do things that make them, not the veterans, feel better. Yellow ribbons and parades do little to help with the emotional aftermath of combat. War has been part of human culture for tens of thousands of years, and most tribal societies were engaged in some form of warfare when encountered by Western explorers. It might be productive to study how some societies reintegrated their young fighters after the intimate carnage of Stone Age combat. It is striking, in fact, how rarely combat trauma is mentioned in ethnographic studies of cultures.
Typically, warriors were welcomed home by their entire community and underwent rituals to spiritually cleanse them of the effect of killing. Otherwise, they were considered too polluted to be around women and children. Often there was a celebration in which the fighters described the battle in great, bloody detail. Every man knew he was fighting for his community, and every person in the community knew that their lives depended on these young men. These gatherings must have been enormously cathartic for both the fighters and the people they were defending. A question like the one recently posed to me wouldn’t begin to make sense in a culture such as the Yanomami of Brazil and Venezuela or the Comanche.
Our enormously complex society can’t just start performing tribal rituals designed to diminish combat trauma, but there may be things we can do. The therapeutic power of storytelling, for example, could give combat veterans an emotional outlet and allow civilians to demonstrate their personal involvement. On Memorial Day or Veterans Day, in addition to traditional parades, communities could make their city or town hall available for vets to tell their stories. Each could get, say, 10 minutes to tell his or her experience at war.
Attendance could not be mandatory, but on that day “I support the troops” would mean spending hours listening to our vets. We would hear a lot of anger and pain. We would also hear a lot of pride. Some of what would be said would make you uncomfortable, whether you are liberal or conservative, military or nonmilitary, young or old. But there is no point in having a conversation about war that is not completely honest.
Let them speak. They deserve it. In addition to getting our veterans back, we might get our nation back as well.
[H/T Operation Zeus for bringing this article to my attention. -R]
America was not shut down properly. Would you like to start America in safe mode, with free healthcare and without guns? (Recommended)
I’m sorry, your computer is in freedom mode and cannot load liberal bullshit. Computer also recognizes that “free” healthcare does not exist and the cost is met by higher taxes. Computer recognizes that criminals do not abide by laws, which is why they are criminals. Computer also recognizes that America would not exist without guns used to fight for our freedom. Would you like to restart computer in “little whiny bitch mode”?
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Don’t people realize that you don’t need an ID or place of residence when doing these online gun sales on that online yard sale group that I mentioned? You just give them the money and they give you the gun. I guess I need to be more specific.