Immoral Rules of Engagement
By David Holcberg (Washington Times, August 25, 2007)
Diana West is right: our military's rules of engagement are not only insane, they're immoral. ("Killed by the rules," August 17, 2007)
The military's rules of engagement should place the safety of American soldiers above anything else--including the lives of civilians in enemy territory.
But in this administration's "compassionate" war, American soldiers have been forced to sacrifice their lives not only to avoid harming Iraqi and Afghan civilians but also to avoid offending Muslim sensibilities, as when they were forbidden to fire at or bomb mosques in which the enemy was hiding.
If we are to win this war against the Islamic totalitarians at a minimum cost in American lives, we need to drastically change our rules of engagement, and reject the self-sacrificial morality underlying those rules--rules that have already crippled and killed hundreds of our brave soldiers.