Anna Mulrine, "One less skill for soldiers to master at boot camp: bayonet training," Christian Science Monitor. 28 September 2010.
In 2004, with ammunition running low, a British unit launched a bayonet charge toward a trench outside of Basra, Iraq, where some 100 members of the Mahdi Army militia were staging an attack. The British soldiers later said that though some of the insurgents were wounded in the bayonet charge itself, others were simply terrified into surrender.
Instilling such terror is at the heart of the philosophical argument for keeping bayonet training, historians say.
“Traditionally in the 20th century – certainly after World War I – bayonet training was basically designed to develop in soldiers aggressiveness, courage, and preparation for close combat,” says Richard Kohn, professor of military history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bayonet training is, in short, used to undo socialization – to “basically to try to mitigate or eradicate the reluctance of human beings to kill each other,” Mr. Kohn says. It is one of the challenges in US or Western society “where we have such reverence for the individual, where we socialize our people to believe in the rule of law, and all of that,” he adds. “What you’re doing with young people is trying to get them used to the highly emotional and irrational and adrenaline-filled situations in which they are liable to find themselves whether they are within sight of the enemy or not – and the reluctance to take a life.”
I am deeply concerned not only over Molly Norris being abandoned by our nation, I am sickened that all women in our nation are at risk because it seems all the men are creepy and cowardly. If men won't defend women, what the fuck good are they? Yes, what good are the women? What is any good at all if we just don't care about women and children?
Television pundit Virginia Ironside prompted outrage yesterday after saying she would suffocate a child to end its suffering.
Shocked BBC viewers complained after the agony aunt said she would hold a pillow over the face of a child in pain.
Minutes earlier the controversial writer said 'a loving mother' would abort an unwanted or disabled baby, and praised abortion as 'a moral and unselfish act'.