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October 25, 2006

H&I* Fires 25 OCT 2006

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I was going to post on this, but, Matt already did. Beccy Cole, the anti-Dixie Chick. H/t, Mike D.

Jim Dunnigan - channeling me and on the pernicious effect the concept of "In'shallah" has in the Arab world.

This "God wills it" lassitude is most apparent in Arab nations with lots of oil wealth. Rather than take all those billions in oil revenue and build an economy, most of it has just been spent on consumption, and avoiding any real attempts to deal with social and economic problems. And why not? Islam, strict Islam, forbids the use of basic economic tools like interest and risk management (which is often condemned as "gambling.") "God's will", indeed.

It also functions as a very convenient excuse for failure - you don't take responsibility for it, after all, God Willed It, and that *was* your punishment... it was fascinating to watch this used by some (not all mind you, only some) Arab artillery officers to excuse their abysmal performance on gunnery and tactics exams... and somehow, prayer, not studying, was the answer. Anyway, read the rest of Jim's piece here.

Chuck Simmins wants you to meet someone... Specialist Richard Ghent.

A grenade hits his Humvee. The driver's killed. His commander is injured seriously and he's thrown from the vehicle with several wounds. The enemy is attacking. What does he do?

He draws his pistol and charges.

Which, of course, is what he should do. But knowing what you should do in combat, and actually doing it, can be two very different things. Go meet Specialist Ghent. We'll be here when you get back. -the Armorer


WWII, still killing people. I've driven this autobahn many times - as probably did most of you who really liked the "Auld Phart" bit yesterday! H/t, Jim C. -the Armorer


It's St. Crispin's Day, made famous by the stirring writing of Shakespeare. "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers..."

And speaking of a band of brothers, I recently encountered an impressive young man who I'm quite sure will soon be an honored member of the USMC brotherhood. - FbL


Heh. I'm sorry, I can't stop snickering. Does that make me bad?

LIVINGSTON, Mont. - The principal of Park High School returned to school Tuesday after a six-day suspension for giving a student a "wedgie." The Livingston School District Board held a special meeting Monday and approved Superintendent Hannibal Anderson's recommendation that Principal Eric Messerli be allowed to return to work.

No, I didn't make this up. H/t, Toluca Nole -the Armorer

I saw this and I couldn't help but think of John on Halloween

H/t one of my favorite online comics, The Whiteboard

Update: well that didn't work. Guess the image was too wide.See the whole image Here Instead

*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

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