Another couple tidbits from Pressfield’s, “The Warrior Ethos.”
It’s been debated, argued, and discussed: The Moral High Ground. Many seem to believe that when a NPT scenario gets activated, or open combat ensues when protecting one’s NPA, ‘morals’ are useless and worse, foolish.
We disagree. Vehemently. One cannot mimic one’s enemy and not become that which one was against, or, in other words, ‘have a care that you don’t become that which you mock!’
Here’s a great explanation of how one keeps, “The Moral High Ground” and what it entails:
“Soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces (who often must fight against enemies who target civilians, who strike from or stockpile weapons within houses of worship and who employ their own women and children as human shields) [complete lack of morality in combat] are taught to act according to a principle called Tohar HaNeshek: “purity of the weapon.” This derives from two verses in the Old Testament. What it means is that the individual soldier must reckon, himself, what is the moral use of his weapon and what is the immoral use. When an action is unjust, the warrior must not take it [he holds the ‘Moral High Ground’ and is loyal to Objective Truth]. Alexander, in his campaigns, always looked beyond the immediate clash to the prospect of making today’s foe into tomorrow’s ally. After conquering an enemy in the field, his first act was to honor the courage and sacrifice of his antagonists—and to offer the vanquished warriors a place of honor within his own corps. By the time Alexander reached India, his army had more fighters.”
Note it does not say one does not fight, and fight to win, should one be thrust into battle, say, for one’s neighborhood. It does say, however, that the individual is responsible for the choices he or she makes when selecting the target upon which to employ his or her weapon. More simply?
You. Don’t. Shoot. Non. Combatants.
If a team of mutant zombie jihadist chinese bikers were moving a line of children in front of them, the MORAL thing to do would be to disperse and envelope the mutant zombie jihadist chinese bikers while bypassing the children. There’s a good example of this in the old John Wayne movie, “The Horse Soldiers” where Wayne’s command is attacked by a local Southern military academy battalion that has very young boys carrying weapons. Technically, Wayne could have had his troops open fire and easily route the boy soldiers. However, he wisely chooses the Moral High Ground and retreats rather than engage the boys, because they are CHILDREN.
“Alexander operated by the same principle. “Let us conduct ourselves so that all men wish to be our friends and all fear to be our enemies. The capacity for empathy and self-restraint will serve us powerfully, not only in our external wars but in the conflicts within our own hearts.”“ – Ibid, The Warrior Ethos, Black Irish Entertainment LLC.