I feel like shouting “Huzzah!” for the Navy SEALs and their superb marksmanship on the Arabian Sea earlier this week. But should I? As a Christian, shouldn’t I feel just a little bit guilty about that? Well, I don’t. Not in the least.
I am proud of the SEALs who took the shots, the officers who commanded them, the military that trained them and a country that still encourages a professional warrior ethos. No pray and spray, no collateral damage, no ‘acceptable’ civilian losses – just deadly accuracy as the result disciplined training and meticulous precision. I appreciate what these men did in much the same way I appreciate the workings of a well made mechanical watch or the engine of a high performance automobile or the culmination of a perfectly prepared meal. Craftsmanship and artistry, but in this case combined with the fortitude and courage to risk deadly force in order to protect the defenseless.
Does comparing the workings of a watch with the workings of a sniper team sound a bit callous? Perhaps it is, but I think there is something more noble (yes, noble) in killing these pirates than in just killing time. These were bad men; thieves, kidnappers and murderers who deliberately targeted innocent people in order to line their pockets (or fund their ’cause’ – it matters little to the victims). Who could possibly stand up for them? As Super Chicken used to say, they knew the job was dangerous when they took it. Thank God that our leaders understand that the continued presence of people like these require the services of the professional warrior. Thank God that there are people willing to take on that mantle.
Three well placed US government issued bullets, three dead pirates and one rescued sea captain. “Huzzah!”