Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Mooks of War

Mook. n.
They may be called the Palace Guard, the City Guard, or the patrol. Whatever the name, their purpose in any work of heroic fantasy is identical: it is, round about Chapter Three (or ten minutes into the film) to rush into the room, attack the hero one at a time, and be slaughtered. No one ever asks them if they wanted to.
— Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

A slang term for the hordes of standard-issue, disposable bad guys whom the hero mows down with impunity. ... Nameless, faceless, horribly awful shots, incompetent, unwilling to retreat, and completely disposable: they provide a chance for the characters to show off their flashy fighting skills and can be shot without guilt. The hero might find it in his heart to Save The Villain, forgive him, even accept him into his inner circle, but the guys whose only crime is not finding a better employer will be shown no mercy...

The LA Times reports that

The much-maligned combat helmet worn by U.S. soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan sustained another blow Monday as engineers from MIT reported that the headgear, as currently designed, did little to protect troops from blast-related brain injury.

But the research team identified a design change that could substantially improve the helmet's ability to reduce the risk of concussion: a face shield capable of deflecting the rippling force of an explosion away from the soft tissues of the face.

A committee made up of academic researchers from Ivy league universities and of recently appointed czars who provide oversight to the Department of Defense has carefully reviewed the committee's proposals and has made a number of suggested modifications as to face mask designs that would protect our soldiers in combat and make IFF (Identify Friend/Foe) easier.

Nim Chimsky, the chairman of the oversight committee, commented that the change would be beneficial as, not only would it lead to the protection of American lives, "it would also transform and reify our image abroad so as to make our solders forced to be involved in local conflicts more readily identifiable."

The committees suggestions, now under consideration for final approval, are shown below:

1 comment:

  1. For the record: I served in Bosnia after 9/11 and wore the uniform for many years.

    I do NOT view our soldiers as "mooks."

    BUT THEY DO.....


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