The Human Toll of Terror

By: the Common Constitutionalist

Regarding all the terrorism around the world, and particularly in the Middle East, it’s getting increasingly easy to become frustrated to the point of saying, just carpet bomb the whole region and be done with them all. Maybe we haven’t come out and said it, but most of us have at least thought it, Operation_Linebacker_II_bomber_plane_B-52_Stratofortresseven in passing.

It would be an easy thing to do – like in 1972, when President Nixon green lighted Operation Linebacker II. The massive 11 day air attack on the Hanoi area of North Vietnam was prompted by North Vietnamese negotiators walking out of secret talks with National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger. Nixon issued an ultimatum to Hanoi to send its representatives back to the conference table within 72 hours “or else.”

Or else what? Or else he’d do what he said he would. A real “man of his word,” relative to the petulant child currently (sometimes) residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Just ask the Iranians about Obama’s word, or ultimatums.

Well, the North Vietnamese didn’t return, and bombing began just days later. Over just an 11 day period, B-52s and fighter bombers flew 1700 sorties and dropped over 20,000 tons of bombs. This was carpet bombing, using dumb bombs, purposely utilized to inflict damage, pain and suffering. It had the desired effect.

This is not a critique, for or against the Vietnam War. It is just to demonstrate that with the will, it can be done. read more