U.S. Ordered Own Civilians Killed to Stop Terrorists
William A. LevinsonWilliam A. Levinson is the author or editor of nine books on management,...
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State (and admitted war criminal) John Kerry have criticized Israel for inflicting what they call excessive civilian casualties while attacking legitimate military targets. We need to put in perspective the fact that the United States ordered the Air Force to kill AMERICAN civilians, who had no choice whatsoever about their presence in a terrorist-controlled weapon, to stop the terrorists in question.
Late in the morning of the Tuesday that changed everything, Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney was on a runway at Andrews Air Force Base and ready to fly. She had her hand on the throttle of an F-16 and she had her orders: Bring down United Airlines Flight 93.
The people who gave these orders knew fully well that almost everybody on the airplane was an innocent hijacking victim, and not a perpetrator. They also knew, however, that if the terrorists got the airplane to its target in Washington DC, they would kill hundreds of people on the ground along with everybody in the airplane.
The rockets that Hamas fires at Israel also can kill or maim innocent people if they reach their targets. The orders to shoot down Flight 93 show unequivocally that there is no excuse, NONE, for not destroying terrorists and their equipment before they can menace innocent people.
The reference also shows the difference between the value that Judeo-Christians and Islamists put on human life. The only two F-16s that were available to bring down Flight 93 were unarmed, and the only way they could achieve their mission would be to ram the passenger plane.
They were gearing up in the pre-flight life-support area when [Col. Marc] Sasseville, struggling into his flight suit, met her eye.
“I’m going to go for the cockpit,” Sasseville said.
She replied without hesitating.
“I’ll take the tail.”
It was a plan. And a pact.
It is highly doubtful that the Armed Forces can give anybody a legal order to perform a kamikaze mission, which almost certainly puts this suicide pact into the "above and beyond the call of duty" category. The United States is therefore fortunate that the passengers of Flight 93 forced the hijackers to crash the plane short of their target. We would rather have two living heroes without posthumous Medals of Honor than two dead ones with them.
The key takeaway here is that Jews and Christians can be as willing as Islamists to kill themselves under highly specific conditions; namely the preservation of innocent human life rather than its destruction. This underscores the absolute superiority of Judeo-Christian culture and society over the primitive death cult known as militant "Islam."