Survival Optional

There was a time when people who violated the rules of war were not entitled to turn around and claim the protection of those rules. German soldiers who put on U.S. military uniforms in order to infiltrate American lines during the Battle of the Bulge were simply lined up against a wall and shot.

American authorities filmed the mass executions. Nobody dreamed up fictitious “rights” for these enemy combatants, who had violated the rules of war. Nobody thought we had to prove that we were nicer than the Nazis by bending over backward.

Bending over backward is a very bad position from which to try to defend yourself.

via Survival Optional by Thomas Sowell on National Review Online.

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