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A Matter Of Will

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Submitted by Gary Sack (United States), Jun 8, 2021 at 16:14

Mr. Pipes, I'm sure you agree with the need for total victory. History tells us that the fight to unconditional surrender is the only way to end. We need look no further than WWII. What's lacking, as you point out, is the will and commitment to win. Look no further than the D-Day invasion, the Island Hopping Campaign, and finally, the atomic bomb attack on Japan. The problem today is nonsense like the proportionate response, and the belief that civilians shouldn't suffer. The problem is all the other countries who believe we can negotiate with bad actors. How many cease fires do we have to watch dissolve? Where has the commitment and the will of the American revolution gone?

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"I'm sure you agree with the need for total victory":

Actually, I do not. Simple victory suffices. Think of the United States losing in Vietnam in 1975.

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