In past wars, the usual and customary rules of formal engagement allow for both sides to bury and honor their dead after a battle or a campaign. This is meant as a practice of honoring the soldier's commitment to battle in wars that they neither have any say so in, nor possibly even believe in. They simply do their duty, and fight as ordered, with no thought or concern of the underlying issues that are the cause of the battle. In the past, being a "good soldier" meant just doing what you were ordered to do. Today, in the world of modern warfare, guerrilla actions, in both jungle and desert battles
have changed this practice somewhat. Now a soldier is taught never to lose sight of an opportunity to gain the advantage or upper hand. Attack where the weaknesses lie, exploit them, make the opponents weaknesses your strengths and never cease to attack until the battle is over. Gen. George S.Patton was one of the most effective at applying the technique of "never surrender, never dig in, always advance", but he did it in an honorable way. And today folks, I am afraid we should have followed his example, if for no other reason than to keep the dishonorable at bay. They have come scratching and clawing at the door, trying once again to gnaw on our bones and render us crippled and impotent.
Sounds too morbid doesnt it? We are just trying to play basketball here. But the axiom for the future is going to be this, "We must always fight hard, attack before the enemy does, and force them into submission" and I am not talking about on the court here. We are going to have to start holding weekly press conferences with every recruit, player, graduate, coach, and the AD to head off all of this lunacy. Just start out every Monday by saying this player did this, this coach did this, we know it, we already reported it, and there is nothing else to be said about it. We can have Jerry Tipton emcee the whole thing every week so he has something negative to comment on, we get Alan Cutler to run down anyone who tries to leave, we let ESPN broadcast the whole thing and then allow every news-writer that wants a shot at us in the room.
This way all of the minuscule and nonsensical details about everyone's lives will be out in the open. Right to privacy?, Not here. We are Kentucky, and we must probe every orifice of your being so that the media will have something to talk about for the week. We are going to be required to bare our souls, and just about every other body part so that the media can have their pound of flesh. This is the world where we have to tear you apart so you can have a slot on Celebrity Rehab to be a star. We don't want people to be successful, we want them laid bare so that their every thought and movement can be scrutinized by the public eye. Right and wrong do not matter today, ladies and gentlemen. We want the truth. We will do whatever it takes to get it, and that includes making it up as we go along. We can take a cup of coffee sitting on a desk, and turn it into a battle for the exploitation of the continent of South America. We take a complaint about someone's past, and turn it into an expose about how they have cheated the world. We don't wait for facts anymore, we simply write and publish whatever turns heads, gets website hits, and sells TV and Newspaper advertising.
Reporters these days don't claim to know all the facts, they simply "assert" that there has been wrongdoing by someone without due diligence on their part or anyone else's to get out a splashy headline. If I wanted to start a media circus, all I have to do is write an article about how the entire Tennessee Basketball team was at a shooting range yesterday taking target practice with MAC-11's and the whole thing will be worldwide news by 11pm tonight. (my apologies to UT for bringing them into this, but no one is safe in this world) There has to be an end folks. There has to be a point at which the entire world says "no more". I am reminded of Al Pacino's rant about how he and his fiendish minions of evil are going to fill the world up with acquittal after acquittal of guilty men in Devil's Advocate until the world can no longer stand it. The only way things are going to change people is if we start making every effort to admonish every one of these zealots who claim righteousness as their birthright, without so much as an inkling of consideration for the truth.
Someone once said, "If the world is going to hell in a handbasket, then I want to be holding the handle". It is time we grabbed the handle with both hands, and started swinging at anything that moves.