"You smell that? Do you smell that? Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for twelve hours. When it was all over I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like - victory" Apocalypse now (1979)
"Apocalypse Now" has been and remains today to be one of my favorite movies! This movie explores how warped and hellish the human soul (mind) can become during times of war.
Of course this movie is fiction! If you know this movie then you're aware that it takes you down several levels of human insanity. The ending, with Marlo Brando playing a cultish and deranged leader of all-too-willing "death-bent" followers, shows how sick the human mind can become. The part of the film where the above quote is spoken by an army officer is more towards the middle. Sick, but not as sick as the character played by Marlo Brando. It is clear that this army officer is a bit off when he says the famous "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. . . " line. Yet, sadly and disturbingly, it can almost seem "O. K." to some people that this officer can be soooooo appreciative of the effects . . . and the small. . . of napalm.
Well, it's not "O. K."!! It should never be O. K. that the effects of any weapon can be soooo appreciated . . . especially to the extent as exemplified by this ficticious army officer.
Now, I'm not arguing the "Pro's and Con's" of the use of napalm used in Iraq or any war. I just stating my concern and hope that we, as a so-called "Peace Loving" nation, should never find ourselves involved in ANY war to the point of becoming like this over-zealous and "well down the road of insanity" army officer.
Regarding the use of napalm on the Iraqi soldiers and people. I can understand and appreciate the military advantage of its use as a weapon of mass distruction. It sure can be effective. I just wish we practice what we preach and never ever involve ourselves with any weapons of mass distruction.
This is my stance on its use. We shouldn't have used it. But then again, in my mind, we should have never invaded Iraq in the first place.