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Friday, May 14, 2010

Getting A Medal In Bizzarro World

Given the unrelenting barrage of news indicating that everything occuring in the world seems to be the opposite of what should be, in a previous post I hypothesized that we all may have unknowingly moved into the DC Comic Universe place known as Bizarro world:
In the Bizarro world of "Htrae" ("Earth" spelled backwards), society is ruled by the Bizarro Code which states "Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Is big crime to make anything perfect on Bizarro World!".
If this is the case, should it surprise us that the military is now considering giving medals for..."not doing something." According to this article:
U.S. troops in Afghanistan could soon be awarded a medal for not doing something, a precedent-setting award that would be given for “courageous restraint” for holding fire to save civilian lives.
Naturally, the military does not view rewarding soldiers who do not defend themselves as a contradiction of the goal of self-defense:
Consideration of such an award, first reported by an Associated Press reporter in Afghanistan, doesn’t mean that, if approved, troops would be pressured to prevent such casualties at risk to themselves, Sholtis said.

“We absolutely support the right of our forces to defend themselves,” Sholtis said. “Valuing restraint in a potentially dangerous situation is not the same thing as denying troops the right to employ lethal force when they determine that it is necessary.”
A strange being from outside Bizzarro World, known as the spokesman for the VFW, allegedly said this:
The self-protections built into the rules of engagement are clear, and the decision to return fire must be made instantly based on training and the threat,” said Joe Davis, a spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. “The enemy already hides among noncombatants, and targets them, too. The creation of such an award will only embolden their actions and put more American and noncombatant lives in jeopardy. Let’s not rush to create something that no one wants to present posthumously.”
Us think awards for not defending will result in defending.

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