A difficult lesson

Submitted by oldshaver on 7/27/06 at 8:27 PM. ( )

A difficult lesson ~
> I once witnessed a bar fight in downtown Olongapo (Philippines) that
> still haunts my dreams. The fight was between a big oafish Marine and
> a rather soft-spoken, medium sized Latino sailor from my ship.
> All evening the Marine had been trying to pick a fight with one of us
> and had finally set his sights on this diminutive shipmate of mine...
> figuring him for a safe target. When my friend refused to be goaded
> into a fight the Marine sucker punched him from behind on the side of
> the head so hard that blood instantly started to pour from this poor
> man's mutilated ear.
> Everyone present was horrified and was prepared to absolutely murder
> this Marine, but my shipmate quickly turned on him and began to
> single-handedly back him towards a corner with a series of stinging
> jabs and upper cuts that gave more than a hint to a youth spent boxing
> in a small gym in the Bronx.
> Each punch opened a cut on the Marine's startled face and by the time
> he had been backed completely into the corner he was blubbering for
> someone to stop the fight. He invoked his split lips and chipped teeth
> as reasons to stop the fight. He begged us to stop the fight because
> he could barely see through the river of blood that was pouring out of
> his split and swollen brows.
> Nobody moved. Not one person.
> The only sound in the bar was the sickening staccato sound of this
> sailor's lightning fast fists making contact with new areas of the
> Marine's head. The only sound I have heard since that was remotely
> similar was from the first Rocky film when Sylvester Stallone was
> punching sides of beef in the meat locker.
> Finally the Marine's pleading turned to screams... a high, almost
> womanly shriek. And still the punches continued relentlessly. Several
> people in the bar took a few tentative steps as though they wanted to
> try to break it up at that point, but hands reached out from the crowd
> and held them tight. I'm not ashamed to say that mine were two of the
> hands that held someone back.
> You see, in between each blow the sailor had begun chanting a soft
> cadence: "Say [punch] you [punch] give [punch] up [punch]... say
> [punch] you [punch]were [punch] wrong [punch]".
> He had been repeating it to the Marine almost from the start but we
> only became aware of it when the typical barroom cheers had died down
> and we began to be sickened by the sight and sound of the carnage.
> This Marine stood there shrieking in the corner of the bar trying
> futilely to block the carefully timed punches that were cutting his
> head to tatters... right down to the skull in places. But he refused
> to say that he gave up... or that he was wrong.
> Even in the delirium of his beating he believed in his heart that
> someone would stop the fight before he had to admit defeat. I'm sure
> this strategy had served him well in the past and had allowed him to
> continue on his career as a barroom bully.
> Finally, in a wail of agony the Marine shrieked "I give up", and we
> gently backed the sailor away from him.
> I'm sure you can guess why I have shared this story today. I'm not
> particularly proud to have been witness to such a bloody spectacle,
> and the sound of that Marine's woman-like shrieks will haunt me to my
> grave. But I learned something that evening that Israel had better
> learn for itself if it is to finally be rid of at least one of its
> tormentors:
> This is one time an Arab aggressor must be allowed to be beaten so
> badly that every civilized nation will stand in horror, wanting
> desperately to step in and stop the carnage... but knowing that the
> fight will only truly be over when one side gives up and finally
> admits defeat. Just as every person who had ever rescued that bully
> from admitting defeat helped create the cowardly brute I saw that
> evening in the bar, every well-intentioned power that has ever stepped
> in and negotiated a ceasefire for an Arab aggressor has helped create
> the monsters we see around us today.
> President Lahoud of Lebanon, a big Hezbollah supporter and a close
> ally of Syria, has been shrieking non-stop to the UN Security Council
> for the past two days to get them to force Israel into a cease fire.
> Clearly he has been reading his autographed copy of 'Military Success
> for Dummies Arab Despots' by the late Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt.
> Ever since Nasser accidentally discovered the trick in '56, every
> subsequent Arab leader has stuck to his tried and true formula for
> military success:
> 1. Instigate a war.
> 2. Once the war is well underway and you are in the process of having
> your ass handed to you... get a few world powers to force your western
> opponent into a cease fire.
> 3. Whatever you do, don't surrender or submit to any terms dictated
> by your enemy. That would ruin everything! All you have to do is wait
> it out and eventually the world will become sickened at what is being
> done to your soldiers and civilian population... and will force a
> truce.
> 4. Once a truce has been called you can resume your intransigence
> (which probably caused the conflict in the first place), and even
> declare victory as your opponent leaves the field of battle. This
> tactic has never failed. Not once. In fact it worked so will for the
> Egyptians in 1973, that to this day they celebrate the Yom Kippur War
> - a crushing defeat at the hands of Israel - as a military victory! No
> kidding... it's a national holiday over there!
> President Lahoud has already begun to shriek like a school girl to the
> UN Security Council to "Stop the violence and arrange a cease-fire,
> and then after that we'll be ready to discuss all matters."
> Uh huh. Forgive me if I find that a tad hard to swallow. He allowed
> Hezbollah to take over his country. He allowed the regular Lebanese
> army to provide radar targeting data for the Hezbollah missile that
> struck the Israeli destroyer. He has turned a blind eye while Iranian
> and Syrian weapons, advisers and money have poured into his country.
> And now that his country is in ruins he wants to call it a draw. As
> much as it may sicken the world to stand by and watch it happen,
> strong hands need to hold back the weak-hearted and let the fight
> continue until one side finally admits unambiguous defeat.

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This response submitted by Don on 7/27/06 at 9:55 PM. ( )

I agree 110%

Prerfect analogy Old Shaver

This response submitted by Gunny on 7/27/06 at 10:55 PM. ( )

Just to bad the Jarhead said,"I give up", before he went unconscious.Boy we can sure be pricks.LMAO

good story, but...

This response submitted by Matt on 7/28/06 at 7:26 AM. ( )

i highly doubt you would ever see a squid beating on a Marine. You can tell this story is made up. Semper Fi.

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