Quote of the Indeterminate Time Interval – General Charles Napier

by wfgodbold

Gen. Napier famously said:

Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.

I wonder how he would deal with fanatics in Afghanistan who feel compelled to go around shooting people and setting off suicide bombs just because someone burned a book.

Not that raving hysteria over burning the Koran is anything new.

If even the Afghanis who have trained with US forces and work with them daily are shooting our soldiers over this, it’s time to pack it in and leave them to their own devices (which will presumably be hand-crafted and -powered, since any infrastructure they’ve got is going to disappear once we stop protecting it).

The reason no one ever conquers Afghanistan is because they eventually realize, much like Han Solo in Star Wars, that “No reward is worth this.”


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