So, let me see if I understand the situation, here.
The Philippine military said Monday that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their camp.
Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said he advised the 40 Filipino peacekeepers not to lay down their arms, and they defied the U.N. peacekeeping commander’s order. Instead, they staged a daring escape from the Golan camp over the weekend, ending a tense, dayslong standoff.
Some idiot in the UN military (God help us) told Filipino forces – men with weapons in their hands and ammunition in their pouches – to meekly surrender to irregular fighters who do not recognize the laws of war. And this fool thought that those soldiers would do that? Even if you don’t actually believe the legend that we adopted the .45 because you can’t reliably stop a charging Moro warrior with a .38*, the fact is that if you want to kill a squad of Filipino soldiers, forget packing a lunch: you’re going to need the room for more ammunition. Or maybe an artillery battery**.
*The story is apparently more complicated than that, although there is no shortage of commentary from contemporary US military personnel who were ready to assert that no, sir, you cannot.
**See, this is illustrative of the hidden cost of institutionalized racism. We could have gotten two, three US states out of that territory, easy.