Teaching American kids that compassion for deadly enemies can be . . . deadly

Back in 1991, during the First Gulf War, the media was awash with profiles of American troops expressing sympathy for the pathetic Iraqi soldiers Saddam Hussein had placed in the desert opposite American tanks.  The stories definitely showed off American magnanimity, but my parents were still horrified.  Each time one of those profiles came on, one of them would holler out, "You have to hate your enemy to win a war."My parents knew what they were talking about.  My Dad was a refuge from Germany and, once in the British military, fought the Germans all over Southern Europe and North Africa.  He survived the evacuation at Crete and made a stand at El Alamein.  My mother spent her war years interned in a Japanese concentration camp.  Aside from native fortitude and the blessing of youth, the one thing that drove my parents them to fight and survive was hatred.  They truly and deeply hated their enemy.  Compassion was not a part of the...(Read Full Article)

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