Wednesday, July 28, 2010
My friend Lawdog opines at some length on the case of the Gurkha soldier who neatly removed the head of a Taliban warlord, in order to have some proof that said warlord had shuffled off this mortal coil. Needless to say, the politically-correct pantywaists who now run things in Britain have been squeaking in horror at the thought.
I can't for the life of me imagine why they're making such a fuss. I've been on a modern battlefield (rather too often for my liking, thank you very much). Have you ever seen what an exploding 155mm. artillery shell, or 81mm. mortar shell, or hand grenade, does to the human body? Think 'hamburger'. Think 'meatloaf'. Think 'pulled pork BBQ'. Do those terms give you any mental images? They're not far from the truth. By comparison, beheading with a traditional Gurkha kukri is a relatively clean, surgical thing.
The kukri is renowned for its ability (in the hands of a skilled wielder) to remove the head of a full-grown bullock with a single stroke. I can't imagine a Taliban head honcho proving any more difficult . . . and I doubt the Gurkha who did the deed wasted a second thought on the matter. He did what his father, and his grandfather, and his forefathers for many generations, have done before him.
Civilization's a very thin veneer in all of us, when push comes to shove. You don't believe me? Wait until you land on a battlefield, and you'll find out. I did. The hard way. I second Lawdog's comments, and then some.