CNN’s article shows Omran Daqneesh, a young child from Aleppo, Syria, covered in blood and traumatized. This is a stark reminder of how terrible war is. This boy will suffer for the rest of his life from the physical and psychological wounds obtained in an airstrike on his home, and he is only one of millions.
This is only one sickening reminder of what war does. There are thousands of untold stories out there, just like this one. This is a reminder that war is indeed hell. The longer this war drags on the more innocent children, and their fathers and mothers, will wind up like this, or worse.
We have a duty to get this war over and win now. It is a tough decision, but sometimes it is better to kill a lot of people at once to obtain immediate terms for surrender than to have 10 times as many people killed or injured over an extended period of hell for the ordinary people.
Our NATO alliance has the weaponry available to do this. On the one hand, we are not using these weapons because they are devastating and horrific; on the other hand, they are sitting in storage, never to be used, for exactly the same reason! Let’s get on with it and finish the war quickly with whatever it takes in the overarching interest of preserving life in the war zones.
Lastly, we have a weapon which kills people but does not damage structures. We should use it. After every war, it is the duty of the victor to repair all the damages of the vanquished. In the current war in the Middle East, we are already talking about millions and millions of dollars. Wouldn’t it make sense to preserve what infrastructure we can?
The current tactics are ineffective and insufficient. As terrible as this proposition is, I would rather see fewer people killed quickly than millions more killed slowly over years and years of futile fighting. Forcing a quick surrender should be our urgent and immediate goal, by whatever means we have at hand, after giving the enemy due warning via television, texting, emailing, even dropping pamphlets, and allowing a limited period of time for civilians to leave the area if possible.