A Bayonet Charge Saved A Whole Lot Of Lives During The Iraq War
Brian Wood was just a young lance corporal at the time when he dismounted his thin-skinned vehicle amid withering enemy fire, and followed his commander's order to fix bayonets.Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, in his book "On Killing," references the innate human reluctance to kill one's own species. It's an inherently useful feature, useful in that it allows us to continue to exist while advancing as a species. Rather than constantly looking over our shoulders for the next attack (which we should kinda be doing anyways), we have sufficient failsafes such that we can do more than simply survive.
The order came from from Sgt. Dave Falconer, reports The Sun and BBC, who later said he was proud of the actions from his men that day.
The psychological effect of watching determined men, armed with essentially sharp sticks, rushing your position while you rake them with machine gun fire, has *got* to be significant. In a battle such as the "war" on terror we are currently fighting, our enemy thinks us, by and large, to be weak, ineffective creatures.
I think these men and their bayonets might have changed some hearts and minds with that charge.
That is all.
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