Originally Posted by senojekips
We will never be able to say that we have won, unless we "de-populate" the whole country and make it a part of the US or whatever, because the moment we leave, it will start to revert back to square one.
BUT, given time we will certainly come to realise what we have lost. How many lives will it take. Some people are already aware of this but if they speak their mind they are accused of lacking patriotism.
How many lives will it take?
As many as it takes. That is the nature of service, my friend. Numbers, being critical to the mission, do not override the mission; numbers do not dictate success or failure.
Instead, numbers are the see-saw tipsy on the playground of the political battleground - which is hardly your concern, as you're not an American (given your own profile submission). I in no way intend to offend you, your heritage or your country, but our politics are just that: Ours. Y'all stay, we'll be there. Y'all leave, we'll be there. Anyone leaves or stays, we'll be there. We don't back down from the fight, and if your government wishes to accept the easy way out, then shame on the and you. We have a mission, and our mission will not be compromised by a liberal and leftist slant without any real teeth sans the ability to bite into the natural human conscience.
It's called homeostasis
, which is a Homo Sapient neuropathology to restore a chemical sense of balance to the brain's core of receptors through seratonin and other chemicals that are released in emotional responses. Certain limbic reactions are routed through the thalamus to the hypo campus in order to generate a limbic response to restore the body's natural sense of comfort respond to stimuli, which are then transmitted as emotions to the thalamus and recognized in the hypo campus as a regenerative need. The result is an "Oh My!" feeling, and we are each wired to reply to these feelings differently - but the neurological pathways are indistinguishable from one person to another.
In the military, we learn to control our homeostatic state through training that develops certain chemicals as a natural response while withholding other emotionally-charged impacts as irrelevant to survival - which is ingrained as mission priority. In other words, we accept human loss as something that simply occurs, not something unavoidable... in the name of the higher purpose, the mission.
We're called robots because of it. But that verbiage is the sure sign of the ignorant.
How many lives will it take? As many as it takes, sir. Mission trumps emotion.