Saturday, June 24, 2006

Asymmetrical Warfare

The real problem that America faces in Iraq -- no matter how many individual battles are won -- was explained by the Kung Fu television series back in the early 1970s. In one of the show's flashback scenes, young Kwai Chang Caine is being trained in the martial arts. As a test, he must compete against a more experienced student. Caine is expected to play defense and block the attack of his opponent. Instead, he is pummeled, driven back and tossed to the floor. In shame, he tells his teacher that he has failed the test. Yet his teacher disagrees. In one of those philosophical moments the show was famous for, Caine is told that "He who attacks must vanquish. He who defends must merely survive."

Extra Bonus Geek Points: This same episode of Kung Fu guest-starred Harrison Ford.

1 comment:

Pat said...

I got the idea you might like to see this.

"The hunger strikes and suicides of Guantánamo bring Bobby Sands back to life.
This time around, he is not a vilified IRA "terrorist," but the venerated patron
saint of political prisoners everywhere." And now we have the "Troops Home

"What Would You Die For?" is here on

Some of the main ideas are:
Political prisoners are different.
Force-feeding is the moral equivalent of rape, and physically not only the
equivalent of torture, but torture itself.
Hunger strikers ought to be left alone, yes, even to die, if that's what they
aspire to.

Best of all possible regards,
Pat Hartman