Our Minister of Defence, Mr Philip Hammond, has announced that his Department is considering accepting women as combatants. He received the following letter:
As you are one of the only four ministers who did not vote for same-sex marriage (although you were not brave enough to actually vote against it), I assume that you are more intelligent than most of the Cabinet. I was, therefore, surprised to read that you are considering putting women into combat. You have used the phrase that the military has “a macho image.” I do not know if you are aware that the word “macho” means “manly” in Spanish. Would you want a military that was not manly? Is it not necessary to be manly in order to kill people? As for “male chauvinism”, the word “chauvinism” refers to people who are ultra-nationalistic. What does nationalism have to do with the word “male”?
But what was most worrying was that you said, “Last time I checked, over 50% of the population were women”. In other words, you are suggesting that because women make up half of the world, they should also make up half of every human occupation. I must tell you, with great respect, that is very bad logic. If it were true, then half of all plumbers should be women, half of all lorry drivers should be women, half of all street sweepers should be women, etc. But I do not think that is what they want, or what you want. I see that you received a First Class degree from Oxford, and I find it extremely worrying that one can receive a First Class degree from Oxford, without understanding logic.
Apart from logic, it is obvious that men and women are very different in every way – physically, emotionally and intellectually. Would you say that most male soldiers have the curse? And what would women combat soldiers do when they have the curse? Women always create sexual jealousy when they are surrounded by men, and the next step is they get pregnant. Do men get pregnant? When the U.S. Army withdrew from Iraq, and returned to the United States, 15% of the women soldiers were pregnant. Is that what you want – a pregnant army? Think how terrified Putin would be to have to fight against battalions of pregnant women. Also, please do not pretend that breasts are not a handicap in fighting. Most of all, men are physically much bigger and much stronger. This obviously makes an enormous difference. You tell us that the army should be fully open to women who can “meet the fitness and other requirements”, but, with respect, that does not mean anything. When the police in London started recruiting women, they had to scrap their requirements for height and weight. That is what you will have to do too, if you take women.
Finally, although women have a lot of moral courage, perhaps more than men, they do not have physical courage. I know that from personal experience. In addition, some years ago, the U.S. Army held military exercises in Panama, in which they had a troop of men soldiers fighting a troop of women soldiers. The fighting did not last very long, before the women turned and ran.
Most people would say that women were put in the world by God to create life, not to destroy it. It is bad enough that political correctness is allowed to interfere with our daily life, but that it should not be allowed to interfere with our defence is not acceptable.