Scene from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Guy walks in while Tuco is in the bath and explains why he’s about to kill him. Tuco shoots him from under the bubbles and says, “When you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.”
Thought of it while reading this clip from a bit on HuffPo about how the Marines are managing the eminent rescission of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and openly gay military personnel.
“I initially thought my command would be really homophobic, but I’ve found it the opposite,” wrote one anonymous OutServe member. “My Skipper (gruff O-6) told me this morning — ‘My first troop chief was gay, and he was a mean mother f—-r, I don’t care if they’re gay as long as they can kill people.'”
Here’s the list of countries that permit openly gay service members: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Republic of China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Uruguay, United Kingdom.
For comparisons sake, here is a list of countries that do not permit openly gay service members. You can decide which list has more countries in which you’d be willing to live.
The argument that gays diminish combat readiness is plainly a facade employed to mask homophobia and has no place in the policies of any modern nation. Anyone who argues that Israel is not combat ready is either a liar, ignorant or both.