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The point I want to make here is that Michael Moore, should on no means, be talking about war. He had an uncle that served in World War II. That's nice, I had a few relatives who served as well. I think most Americans have relatives or know people who have relatives that served in the war, but by no means does it give anyone credibility to talk about war, which is why Michael Moore's opinion is worthless. The big problem I have here is that he called snipers cowards and that they will shoot you in the back without their opponent getting a chance. It seems to me that Moore believes soldiers on both sides should have a fair fight by being able to see each other, thus giving both sides a chance to win. Snipers are cowards because they hide by cover or use camouflage so the enemy doesn't see them. They can then shoot troops at a distance without any danger.
To me, Moore's idea of what isn't cowardly makes me picture the days when generals wore wigs on their heads and whole armies were dressed in colored wool uniforms while marching in lines with flags waving and music playing. There's two reasons that kind of warfare doesn't exist anymore and they're called technology and strategy. Even during 18th century warfare, there were soldiers who did snipe enemies. In fact, sniping is one of the main reasons we won the American Revolutionary War. During the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, an American soldier in a tree snipped British Brigadier General Simon Frasier. His death in the battle caused the British forces to lose confidence and they retreated. This style of fighting was engineered at the battle by General Benedict Arnold, who eventually turned to the other side because many of his superiors discredited him.
Whatever your opinion is of him, Arnold was an innovator of battlefield tactics and knew that the best way to defeat the enemy was to give his men the best advantage by using camouflage and the wooded terrain to his advantage while conventional warfare at the time was simply line formations out in the open to exchange volley fire. The Battle of Saratoga was the turning point of the American Revolution because it encouraged France to join the war on our side. France was the only other power who could stand against Britain. They brought the war to a global scale by fighting the British in colonies across the world. French troops were also critical in the final defeat of the British at Yorktown, Virginia in 1781. All of this happened from one American sniper.
During World War II, many Allied troops were killed or wounded by German snipers, but it was also the same way with snipers on our side. The Soviet Union was known for the expert snipers they had to fight the Germans. This was because they understood warfare was about winning, not if sniping was cowardly or dishonorable. Skilled Soviet snipers were a huge benefit to defeating Nazi Germany and they weren't cowards as they fought through the most dangerous battles of the war such as Stalingrad and Kursk. To address Moore's point of justifying snipers if they are defending their homeland, does that makes the snipers of the brutal Waffen SS heroes? Are terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan who fight to destroy western civilization heroes? Where does the cowardice stop? By Moore's logic, these are examples of cowardice:
- General George Washington launched a surprise Christmas attack on Hessian mercenaries under British command at the Battle of Trenton. This saved his leadership, but it would be considered cowardice because he didn't give the Hessians a fair chance.
- Tanks, built to protect soldiers who could hide behind armor and at the same time decimate the enemy, were invented by the British in World War I. They helped the Allies win the war against Germany, but it would be cowardly because soldiers are hiding behind armor and aren't giving the Germans a fair chance to kill them.
- Allied night raids during World War II are cowardly because they had the advantage of being in the sky and in the darkness, even if they shortened the war by destroying Axis industry.
The Chinese military leader Sun Tzu wrote in his The Art of War, "Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt." Deceiving the enemy has always been a major military maxim. Snipers are in the darkness and cannot be seen, but when they attack they are as fast as lightning and very unsuspecting. War is about winning and words like honor, glory, and cowardice have no place in modern warfare.