Musings on the The Art of War!

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“Before all else, be armed!” ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

Less than a month after three Parisians were murdered and three others seriously injured when a terrorist started shooting randomly at a local Kurdish cultural center, another terrorist, this time using a “homemade bladed weapon,” precipitously attacked innocent Parisians at a busy Paris train station.

Six innocents were seriously injured this time!

Many more would doubtlessly have been wounded/murdered were it not for incisive action by an armed, off-watch French police officer who just happened to be returning home from his shift.

Seeing what was going on, this heroic officer immediately drew his pistol and gunned down the terrorist without hesitation! The terrorist was transported to a local hospital but was not expected to survive.

The officer was not injured.

Over the past year, French police officers have been allowed to go armed at all times, on-watch and off. Heretofore, they were not, but the current (obvious) terrorist situation prompted the French Interior Minister to change the rules, just in time, as it turns out, for all those innocent Parisians at the train station today!

My comment: For today’s LEO, here or there, there is no such status as “off-duty!”

In 2023, with violent criminals/terrorists/extremists popping up like jacks-in-boxes, our stark choice is to carry constantly or be carried (one last time)!

We may be “off-watch,” but we’re never “off-duty!”

“The Art of War teaches us to rely, not on the calculated likelihood of an enemy’s coming or not, but on our continual readiness to receive him, no matter what he does.” ~ Sun Tzu


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It’s a shame our world is so messed up today and there are so many violent people. What is especially sad is that criminals that kill and maim people are taken immediately to the hospitals to save their lives. They should just let them bleed out. Cruel I know but that is today’s world, a cold, cruel world and they helped make it that way. We deserve justice and incarceration is not it when it comes to murder.


Last edited 6 days ago by musicman44mag

The trouble with your suggestion, medical personnel cannot separate the good guys from the bad, nor should they. Too, wounded bad guys could be a source of intelligence for police and military.


When the cops see someone shooting up or stabbing a group of people, I think it is pretty obvious who is the bad guy. They don’t need to save him, he is a killer. Remember, in this story the off-duty cop came onto the scene while the crime was being committed. It doesn’t require more police or military to make a determination made from lies told by murders and it is a waste of tax dollars to save a criminal.

No mercy for the wicked


I wasn’t referring to cops, who, of course, use deadly force against baddies if needed, but to med personnel. They aren’t charged with parsing the good from the bad.


Ok, I am talking about the cops having to make sure that they get immediate medical attention. I understand that the medical teams need to save the murder, that is their job, I just wish the rules were, they kill someone, and you see it and you are a cop, shoot them and let the bleed out.


If you sit by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.


Routing out enemy personnel that attack and operate in civilian clothes is the hardest thing anybody will ever do. Because avoiding killing innocent people practically requires a miracle. And please note that attacking military forces in civilian clothes is of the worst kind of war crime! And the US charges nobody.

Last edited 6 days ago by Ledesma
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Hence, that old T-shirt proverb ‘Kill ’em all; let God sort ’em out.