Crazy Horse Policy
At least 5,000 horse mounted Sioux, Arapaho and Northern
Cheyenne appeared on the hill opposite the small contingency cavalry under
the command of General Armstrong Custer. In one of the greatest miscalculations
of enemy strength in history, Custer brazenly tossed aside all warnings
to the contrary that there were perhaps 10,000 Indians encamped in the
valley below along the Little Bighorn River. They were well armed and
feeling rather warlike after a stalemate battle a few days earlier against
other federal troops and Crow Indians. Led by the charismatic Lakota Sioux
chief Crazy Horse, who had already proven himself to be a brilliant tactician,
the huge force of angry Indians engaged Custer. The battle lasted perhaps
just twenty minutes, but the outcome still rings in American legend.
Custer's entire command was completely wiped out, including General Custer,
himself. The United States had suffered a humiliating military defeat
and news of it spread around the world. The women, filching the dead bodies
of the soldiers, came across Custer's bullet-ridden body and cut off his
ears because in their words, "He did not listen to our warnings,
he will listen to us now." After the battle, the Indian chiefs decided
on having a council meeting. Crazy Horse was absent. Each chief spoke
in turn and voiced his concern that the army would want revenge for this
annihilation of a popular military leader who had Presidential hopes.
After they finished fretting and hand-ringing, Crazy Horse entered the
council circle, and all eyes turned to him, expecting some sort of explanation
or apology for his actions. A man of few words, Crazy Horse sat, took
his two puffs from the council pipe and stood again and uttered his immortal
words, "What I have done, I have done."
Jump to modern politics and world events. Saddam Hussein threatened the
Middle East with weapons of mass destruction and hosted terrorism. He
openly hated Israel and lent support to Palestinian terrorists. In fact,
he was suspected of supporting global terrorism, especially against the
United States. In the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and
Pentagon on September 11, 2001, President Bush pressed Saddam Hussein
to either retire in exile, disarm, or face annihilation. Bush brushed
aside all advice to the contrary. He and the U.S.A. was in no mood for
appeasing a dictator, and despite a growing peace movement, Bush aggressively
pushed for military action against Saddam. In spite of global opposition,
Bush decided to go it alone, though Great Britain ultimately decided to
lend support, but Bush was willing to expend American military might alone,
The United States bided it's time, built up a vast military force, and
when Bush and his military planners felt the time was right, we attacked.
Saddam had not listened to our warnings. The United States, even while
the invasion was a few days old, declared that Iraq must submit to unconditional
surrender, a term not heard since before the fall of Nazi Germany.
Saddam's army was no match. It was hardly a contest. Even if it were,
the shear logistical might of over 250,000 well trained soldiers could
not be deterred. Even if it were a contest, Iraq would have lost to the
high tech forces of the United States, who has the most sophisticated,
most awesome army in human history. Before Iraq knew what hit them, the
war was over and Saddam Hussein probably lies dead under a mound of rubble
after being hit with a 2-ton bomb.
And now, as the smoke of war wisps in the evening breeze of Saddam Hussein's
twilight, Bush and the United States stands like some triumphant giant,
bloodied but not defeated. All tyrants shudder in fear, wondering which
among them may be the next to fall to our sword. There is a strange hush
all over the world as opinions are muted, and while other leaders sit
fretting about what the terrorists or Moslem world might do in the wake
of this awesome exhibit of military might, the United States enters the
fray of discussion and if history has any way of repeating itself, when
President Bush is asked to explain or apologize for his actions, he should
stand and utter those immortal words, "What I have done, I have done."
I did not agree with the use of force against Iraq. As an American, that
was my prerogative. Whether invading Iraq was right or wrong is a moot
issue. It has been done and now Iraq and the United States will be viewed
in very different ways.
Regardless of the future though, I am an American, and Americans hate
tyranny. Death to all tyrants, I say. And as a warning to future tyrants,
so long as Americans can still draw breath, I say disarm or face annihilation
and unconditional surrender. And for all those nations who cowered in
the shadows while the United States acted alone, our flag may fade, but
the red white and blue never runs.
18th April, 2003