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Tale of a Great Warrior
"Never do what the
enemy wishes you to do"
One of my favorite Maxims of Napoleon is "Never do what the enemy wishes you to do, for this reason alone, he desires it." and Napoleon also said "A
field of battle, the enemy has studied and reconnoitered should be
avoided, and double care should be taken where he has had time to
fortify or entrench, One consequence deduced from this principle is,
never to attack a position in front which you can gain by
Hannibal, Enemy of Rome
generations after the death of Alexander the Great, the power of the
Mediterranean world was divided between Aryan Rome and Carthage.
Carthage was first on the Sea and Rome, on land. Rome, an empire of
trust with its closest neighbors, and a burgeoning protectorate for many
nations around its borders, kept a careful eye on Carthage and
eventually quarrels between these two growing powers began. This
quarreling eventually brought on the Punic Wars. It was during this time
possibly the Greatest Captain of History came of age Hannibal son of
Hamilcar Barca the supreme Carthaginian Commander during the First Punic
Hannibal received his first schooling as a soldier
during the first Punic War at the age of nine, in his father's camps in
Spain. Later his brother, Hasdrubal, who was elected upon his father in
law Hamicular's death to General-in-Chief of the allied Carthaginian and
Spanish Forces taking Hamicular's place. Hasdrubal, made Hannibal his
Chief of Calvary at the age of twenty-one. When Hannibal was 24,
Hasdrubal died and Hannibal was elected to take Hasdrubal's place as
head of the Carthaginian Army.
Hannibal's father Hamicular
had planned an invasion of Italy by way of crossing the Alps to conquer
Rome but his death prevented him from carrying out his plan. Hannibal
was determined to carry out his father's plans.
now in Command, immediately started laying the foundation to invade
Italy by liberating Spain from Roman control. It took about 3 years for
him to subjugate all Spain, and after a long siege captured Saguntum.
This marked the beginning of the Second Punic War. Hannibal now had a
base from which he could supply his forces with food and extra troops.
This was one of the first blunders the Romans made in the Second Punic
War. If they had come to the aid of Saguntum against Hannibal instead of
fighting Illyrian revolts, they could have fortified the city and
stopped Hannibal from crossing the Alps into Italy. But instead the
Romans did nothing even though they received ample warning of Hannibal's
preparations. They were yet to learn of the talent and determination of
the man with whom they had to deal. The Romans thought that they could
strike down this Carthaginian youth whenever they pleased, and no
special effort would be required. The Romans did not even react when
news reached them that Hannibal was besieging Saguntum. They were
disgruntled that Hannibal had broken the treaty set after the First
Punic War. But Hannibal's actions were not all too different from that
of the Romans as Rome had recently annexed Sardinia despite a treaty
which had explicitly forbidden them from doing so. The capture of
Saguntum was essential to Hannibal in his overall plan. The city was one
of the most fortified in the area and it would be a poor move to leave
such a city in the hands of his enemy. Hannibal also looked for plunder
to keep his army happy (mostly mercenaries from North Africa, the
Iberian Peninsula, and the Gauls). The money from the city could also be
spent on keeping any political opponents down back in Carthage.
For those who are curious here is a link to most of the Battles of the Second Punic War.
Siege of Saguntum
Hannibal's victories in Spain he led his army of approximately 50,000
soldiers, 9,000 calvary and 37 elephants over an unknown route crossing
the Alps into Italy which was an amazing feat unto itself. Hannibal was
now in the homeland of his enemies was operating unsupported cast on his
own resources with his army to feed and supply.
Over the years
the Roman Legions grew in strength and experience, as his own veterans
gradually disappeared leaving him but a ragged force to operate with.
And yet for 16 years he marched all over Italy ravaging, terrorizing,
destroying, almost bankrupting and controlling large portions of
Southern Italy and none of the Roman Armies could stop him from doing
what ever he pleased. During the whole 16 years he was never defeated in
Italy on Roman soil. It is said, "What doesn't kill you makes you
stronger." In the case of Rome I think it is true. I feel strongly that
Hannibal was the tool of divine intervention that taught and tested Rome
laying the foundation for it to grow into the great empire that gave us
our roots in western culture and freedom. Hannibal means "he who enjoys
Baals favor" his family had brought back the cult of Baal-Shamin and
made sacrifices to the gods like the Greek god Heracles before invading
Italy. Aside from Hannibal's attachment with pagan Greek gods he had
many strong warrior qualities with none of the weaknesses of the other
great captains of history. I wish I had the time in this message to give
you an appreciation for the character, qualities and genius of
Hannibal, but my purpose here instead is to use an example of his
cleverness to demonstrate our topic, "Never do what the enemy wants you
When the news of the many Victories by Hannibal
reached Rome, says Polybius, (A Greek Historian 200-118 BC)"not only the
populace but the Senate are thrown into consternation. Abandoning
therefore the system of government by magistrates elected annually, they
decide to deal with the present situation more radically, thinking that
the state of affairs and the impending peril demands the appointment of
a single general with full powers."
The man they chose as
"dictator," sole commander, was Quintus Fabius, a man of such admirable
judgment and great natural gifts that in Polybius's own time, half a
century later, he was still referred to as Maximus, the "Greatest." He
was also to acquire another name, "Cunctator" meaning "Delayer," for
reasons which will appear later.
Quintus Fabius Maximus
towers above his contemporaries as Winston Churchill dominates the "Men
of Munich." Compared with Fabius such mindless hotheads as Sempron ius
and Flaminius were Pigmies. Yet like Churchill, Fabius had to endure a
long period of misunderstanding and hostility. In the past the Romans
had been accustomed to defeating their enemies in pitched battles in
which they were usually victorious, Fabius realized, before anyone else,
that in Hannibal they were faced with a different and more dangerous
kind of enemy. He had introduced into warfare elements which gave him,
for the time being, an overwhelming advantage. There was his heavy
Numidian Cavalry under the brilliant direction of Maharbal a Numidian,
one of the greatest cavalry commanders of all time. It provided a weapon
to which the Romans, who were essentially infantrymen, had no answer.
But even more important, they were faced by a mind of such powerful
originality in military affairs that no conventionally trained Roman
general could defeat it.
As Fabius saw the situation,
there was only one way to defeat Hannibal, and that was to wear him
down. The Carthaginian's weakness lay in the fact that, as the commander
of an invading foreign army on Italian soil, he could only destroy the
Romans State by enlisting the support of the peoples allied to Rome. As
long as the allies remained loyal there was hope that the tide would
turn, but every time the Romans lost a battle their allies' faith in
them weakened. The answer to the problem was never to engage Hannibal in
battle but always keeping at a discreet distance, to hang on the rear
and flanks of his army, in sufficient numbers to discourage the allies
from going over to the enemy, yet never challenging the Carthaginians to
It was a sound scheme but an unpopular one,
because the Romans, accustomed to breaking their enemies' power by
direct action on the battlefield, found it hard to stomach a policy
which involved standing by inactive while Hannibal ravaged their country
as he pleased. The methods of Fabius, "the Delayer," while acceptable
to the wiser minds among the Roman government, irritated and eventually
infuriated the man in the street. Such is the weakness of popular
government, which rarely learns anything except the hard way.
seems that Hannibal, realizing that he was not yet strong enough to
attack the capital, concentrated first on improving the health of his
men by letting them forage at will in rich country. At the same time he
tried to break the allegiance of the allies by proving that Rome was
powerless to protect them. So far not one colony had defected, but one
more decisive Roman defeat might well turn the scale.
Fabius marched out of Rome with his army, he heard more grave news. The
Carthaginians had again become active at sea. While their generalissimo
was plundering far and wide in the Adriatic provinces, a Carthaginian
naval force had cut off a whole convoy of Roman corn ships off the west
coast, near Cossa in Extruia. These captured ships had been
intended to supply the Roman army in Spain.
one of the most extraordinary episodes in the Second Punic War-or indeed
in any war. There was no major clash of arms, no fiercely fought,
decisive battle and Hannibal was spoiling for a fight, while his
adversary, Fabius, with a much larger army, was equally determined not
to engage. The area in which they faced each other covered an area of
thousands of square miles, from the Bay of Naples almost to the Gulf of
Remaining always at a safe distance Fabius kept
Hannibal under constant observation. Every time the Carthaginian moved,
Fabius moved also-at a distance. Sometimes the Romans were able to
intercept one of Hannibal's raiding parties which had strayed too far
from the main army. This gave the troops useful exercise and did
something to mitigate the boredom of inactivity.
remaining in the field, even without fighting, Fabius overawed the
allies and discouraged them from revolting. Hannibal had hoped that the
Apulians would join him: they did not. He recrossed the Apennines,
moving through the country of the Hispanians and the Samnites, on the
western slopes of the Apennines above the Bay of Naples. And as he
moved, so "the Delayer" followed him, keeping to the high ground and
marching parallel with the Carthaginians.
long wandering march, Hannibal had continually tried to sting Fabius
into action. "He began to provoke and try his temper, by frequently
shifting his camp and laying waste the territory of the allies before
his eyes; and one while he withdrew out of sight at quick march, another
while he halted suddenly, and concealed himself in some winding of the
road, if possible to entrap him on his descending into the plain." But
Fabius refused to be drawn, through his troops, and especially his Mater
of Horse, Marcus Minucius, became increasingly restive, impatient and
When the Romans arrived on the heights of Mount
Massicus and looked down on the Falernian plain they saw "the most
delightful country in Italy. . . being consumed by fire, with the
farmhouses and all the lands. . . smoking from the flames." And their
indignation broke into open anger. Minucius, who had been intriguing
against Fabius and hoped to supplant him, saw in this an opportunity to
win the soldiers over to his side. Addressing the officers, he
"Have we come here to see our allies butchered,
and their property burned, as a spectacle to be enjoyed? And if we are
not moved with shame on account of any others, are we not on account of
these citizens, whom our fathers sent as settlers to Sinuessa, that this
frontier might be protected from the Samnite foe which now not the
neighbouring Samnian wastes with fire, but a Carthaginian foreigner, who
has advanced even this far from the remotest limits of the world,
through our dilatoriness and inactivity?
eventually get his way in the future but he learned a hard lesson.
Hannibal wiped out his Legions in short order with Massicus barely
Despite the unpopularity of his
policy, Fabius remained unmoved, even though some men began to call him a
coward. Firmly pursuing his strategy of containment, he garrisoned in
Casilinum in the enemy's rear.
Fabius had acted very
cleverly. By all the rules of orthodox warfare, Hannibal was caught in a
trap. He could not expect to winter in Campania, since once his army
had exhausted its supplies it could not stay. It was without a single
town in its possession, and with no means of pasturing its cattle and
storing the masses of plunder it had accumulated. Beside many thousands
of cattle, Hannibal was encumbered with numerous prisoners, plus the
corn, oil, wine, and other provisions. His plan was to retreat across
the mountains to Apulia, where there was an abundance of corn and open
grassland which in winter was green and fresh, providing wide pastures
for his cattle. Knowing his intention, we recognize a splendid insolence
in the way Hannibal allowed Fabius to lock him within Campania,
shutting door after door and apparently barring every escape route. One
is reminded of the type of circus performer called an "escape artist"
who, after inviting members of the audience to bind him in every
possible way, even locking him in a box, manages in a few seconds to
Summer wore on and still the Carthaginian
made no move, while his army reveled in the plenty of the richest region
in Italy, and the Romans, greatly superior in numbers, watched
anxiously from the hills. What would Hannibal do?
road along which his army can escape is that along which it came, and
this narrow mountain pass is guarded by a strong detachment of Roman
soldiers while Fabius, with the main army, is camped some distance away,
watching the pass.
One has to wonder about the genius and
self confidence of Hannibal to take on such a challenge for he knew that
he was leading his army into a trap with one way out.
night an orderly enters the tent of Fabius and wakes the leader.
Throwing on his clothes Fabius leaves the tent and finds Marcus
Minucius, his Mater of Horse, gathered with other officers outside. They
are all looking, not at the pass along which they expected Hannibal to
attempt his escape, but at the hillsides above it.
sight is enough to alarm and astonish them. Up the steep, dark slopes
thousands of lights are moving, dipping and swaying, but all moving
towards the heights. "We've got them, Sir!" shouts the excited Minucius.
"The fool thinks he can get away over the hills at night, while we're
asleep! But only a few have got away. Move the army down to the foot of
the pass now, and we can stop the rest!" He implores Fabius to
give the order, but Fabius remembers the disasters of Sempronius at
Trebbia, and Flaminius Lake Trasimeene."No," he says gravely."This is
another Punic trick. We have a force guarding the pass. They'll deal
with these men. The army will not move. We shall stay here until dawn.
Don't move I forbid you." In vain Minucius and the other
officers try to persuade Fabius to attack, while more and more
glittering lights move up the dark hillside and over the crest.
the Romans guarding the pass seeing the lights and believing that the
enemy was trying to outwit them, leave their posts and scramble up the
hillside. It is hard going in the dark, for the mountainsides are steep
and treacherous, and it is some time before the more agile soldiers come
close enough to get to grips with their adversaries. A young centurion,
sword in hand, runs towards one of the moving lights and then stops,
bewildered. His companions, when they join him on the heights, look on
in astonishment and disappointment before slowly they sheathe their
sword. What they see before them is a huddle of cattle with burning
brands tied to their horns. From above and below they hear the excited
cries of their comrades who, like them, are climbing the heights in
pursuit of imaginary enemies.
The cries change to shouts of
disgust and anger. Realizing that they have been tricked, they begin to
hurry down the hillside again, back to the posts they have deserted.
Then they get another surprise. They blunder into dark shapes standing
among the rocks, the shapes not of cattle but of men. Quietly, but with
deadly efficiency, the small force of picked Carthaginian troops who
have driven the cattle up the slopes, fall on the dismayed Romans and
cut them down. No one knows whether the shadows around him conceal men
or beasts. Leaderless, out of their accustomed formation, alarmed and
terrified by the darkness and the uncertainty, the Romans wait for the
dawn, remembering the stories they have heard concerning Hannibal, who
now seems more like a god than a man.
But the god is far
away. He is down in the unguarded pass far below, joking with Maharabal,
Hasdrubal and the rest, as they move unmolested over the mountains to
safety. Behind them march the thousands of Africans, Numidians, Gauls,
totaling approximately 30,000 loaded with the plunder of Campania, and
driving before them some 2,000 cattle. Before dawn they will be out of
danger and on their way to the lush grasslands of Apulia, to which
Hannibal had promised to lead them.
When the dawn light
seeps across the green Campanian plain, it reveals the Roman army still
within its camp, where Fabius is still assuring his officers that this
is yet another Punic trick. He is right, of course, and this time the
victim is Fabius. When his scouts, whom he has sent to reconnoiter the
Carthaginian camp, return, it is with despair and frustration on their
faces. Hannibal has gone; and so has all his army with its booty.
"Know your enemy and know yourself and
you can fight a hundred battles without disaster."
- Sun Tzu
have not read every book on Hannibal, but in none which I can recall
has it been pointed out what seems to me to be the brilliant facet of
this maneuver. It was a clever trick but one which was intended to be
recognized as a trick. Once again Hannibal had studied the mind of his
opponent and taken his measure. Both Sempronius and Flaminius were rash
fools who fell into the traps prepared for them, but Fabius was not a
fool, and Hannibal knew this. If " Fabius the Delayer" had been as
impetuous as either of the two Consuls whom Hannibal had already
defeated, he would have been deceived, and would have led his army out
of the camp in time to intercept Hannibal's main force. Being a cautious
and prudent general, he stayed where he was and so allowed the
Carthaginians to get away. But in all three of the Major Battles so far
with the Romans the result was the same. Hannibal made his opponents do
what he wished them to do, and reaped the benefit himself.
still undefeated on Roman soil was recalled back to Carthage after his
17 year campaign against the Romans. But it was back in his homeland
that a Roman Scipio Africanas defeated him with the use of Hannibal's
own Tactics which he had made a priority in his life studying and
learning everything he could from observing Hannibal for 13 years. It
was however, not really Scipio that defeated Hannibal it was inevitable
to occur. The Carthaginian cause was doomed from the start because it
was a war far off in another land that did not have the full support of
the people of Carthage. The lack of support from the Carthaginian Senate
and failure to win over a number of allies in Italy nibbled away his
strength for seventeen years putting Hannibal into a exhausted
condition which brought Hannibal's career to a close. Hannibal lived 19
years after his defeat and during that time Rome never felt secure until
Hannibal ranks high with the few great
captains of history. Although some would say he never achieved his
ultimate goal of conquering Rome he had a great impact leading up to
modern history. Hannibal taught the Romans what war really is; that
there is more than merely marching out, fighting a battle, and marching
home again. He showed them that with a small army, fewer arms, less
material and few allies he could keep Rome on the brink of ruin and
despair for nearly a generation. He showed them for thirteen years he
could accomplish more then they could despite their numbers. He
impressed his own strategy so thoroughly upon the Romans that it
modified their whole method of waging war. Hannibal tested the Roman
Empire in every way and it was only Rome's loyalty to its strong system
of government that enabled them to survive Hannibal.
in his life was simple, pure and self contained. He always forgot self
in his work far above such weaknesses of any form of self indulgence or
arrogance. He was singularly self poised; no one could ever divine his
thoughts or intentions. He was self reliant with the ability to keep his
own council, never to betray his purpose, a master of deception.
Hannibal never promised what he couldn't deliver. His mind was broad,
delicate and clear. His conception of operations and discriminations and
means were equaled by his boldness - even obstinacy - of execution.
Hannibal's influence over men was perhaps his most wonderful trait. He
earned the fidelity and love of his men by his personal qualities alone
unlike Alexander the Great who won the loyalty of his men through his
victories on the battlefield.
were quick, secret, and crafty. He was singularly apt at guessing at
what his enemies would do and could act on it with speed and effect. He
was unsurpassed in logistics.
The Romans learned
practically all they ever knew about the art of war from Hannibal.
We may call Hannibal "the father of strategy"
"We will either find a way, or make one."
The Complete Histories of Polybius - Translated WR Paton
The Great Captains -Theodore Dodge
Hannibal enemy of Rome - Leonard Cottrell
Nothing Less then Victory - John Lewis
Scipio Africanus - Lindel Hart
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never had the honor of serving in the armed forces, but I do protect
and serve as a Deputy Sheriff. Your message of choices is the same
message my wife and I have always taught our children. More people
should realize there only good choices and bad choices with consequences
to both and realize the ramifications, not only to themselves, but to
others; both short term and long term.
Thank you for your newsletter
article on where the power of our country is going. I agree a 100% and
have become, for the first time in my life, not very proud of my
country, due to lack of leadership, and poor decisions being made by the
- Tom "Rangers Lead the Way!"
message this month, Dave. You hit it on the head. Too many are content
with being sheep. If they don't wake up, the slaughter is coming for
them. I have been and am continuing to ready myself. Having been in the
first gulf war, I have seen what happens and is happening. The
government no longer stands for its oath to the Constitution or believes
or follows it even after all these years. I for one do.
Thanks for your message,
awesome newsletter. But, I just had to point out, in the article titled
"They Picked The Wrong Man to Rob - Only in Texas!", the incident
actually took place in Brazil.
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you for your great customer service. I appreciate you sending another
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The Word of Truth
By Rev G.J. Rako
is the Lord's
said to the people of Israel
as they were about to be annihilated by the charging chariots of the Egyptian
"But Moses said to the people, "Do not
fear! Stand fast and watch the
deliverance of the Lord, which He will accomplish
for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see
them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent."
- Exodus 14:13-14
when facing the giant knew it was the Lord who would be with him and fight for
him. He had great confidence in the
Lord's plan for his life.
the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I
will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead
bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the
wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in
Israel, and that all this assembly may
know that the Lord does
not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord's and He
will give you into our hands." - Samuel 17:46-47
has changed; the one who fought for the people of Israel; the one who killed the
entire army of the great Pharaoh is the same one who fights for you today. He is the one who goes ahead of you in
battle. He always takes the point, and
He always prepares the battlefield in your favor. His name is the Lord Jesus Christ, also known
as Y'Shua HaMashiach (Jesus
the messiah). The ultimate warrior is
the Lord Jesus Christ.
There are many military or battle
references to the Lord.
Then said David to the Philistine, "Thou comest to
me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the
the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom
thou hast defied."
- 1 Samuel 17:45
"Then the angel
of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and
fourscore and five thousand (185,000): and when they arose early in the
morning, behold, they were
all dead corpses.
- Isaiah 37:36
I looked, and behold a white cloud, and
upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having
on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And
the angel thrust in his sickle into the
earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it
into the great wine press of the wrath of God. And the wine press
was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the wine press, even
unto the horse
bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred
furlongs (200 miles).
- Rev 14:14, 19
know most people think of Jesus Christ as a weak, mild mannered, sweet
would not hurt a flea. You can read from
the scriptures quoted above that nothing could be further from the
truth. Consider the flood of Noah's day. The Lord killed
everyone on the face of the
earth except Noah and his family. The
Lord at the Second Advent will kill every unbeliever on the earth and
believers will enter the millennium.
Yes, He is the ultimate warrior! We
are told to be imitators of Christ.
"Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.
"- Corinthians 11:1 "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;"- Ephesians 5:1
"You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received
the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit.
By making application of the warrior passages describing the Lord, you
too can be an ultimate warrior. You must
understand the whole essence of the Lord, knowing all of His characteristics,
accomplishments, and motivations. One
must be grace oriented, humble, filled with the Holy Spirit, and have a soul
saturated with the Word of God. A tall
order, but I know you don't have anything better to do.
In order to benefit from the Word of God you must be a member of God's
family. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
"God loved the world so much that He
gave His only begotten (uniquely born) Son; that whoever believes in Him shall
not perish, but have eternal life. "- John
Once you have made this most important of all decisions you become a new
creature in Christ (2 Cor 5:17). As a
new spiritual being you can understand the things of the Spirit.
"God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (Holy Spirit and Bible
doctrine)."- John 4:24
"Until we all attain to the unity of the faith,
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature,
which belongs to the fullness of Christ."- Eph 4:13
To be an ultimate warrior as a Christian, you must grow to spiritual
maturity and learn the profession of arms.
Having the peace of God, which produces calm under pressure, and
humility, which permits you to learn your profession under authority
orientation will give you an edge on the battlefield. Living your life in the light of eternity
changes your focus from your insignificant problems to the One who has provided
solutions to all problems. God has a
perfect plan for your life. Learn the
Word of God, trust what you learn, believe that what God has promised He is
also able to bring to pass. David was
oriented to authority and humble when he thanked God for training him in the
profession of arms.
Psalm of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my
fingers for battle."
The ultimate warrior (The Lord) trained the ultimate warrior (King
David) how to fight. He will do the same
for you if you trust Him and consistently advance in the spiritual life by
making the Word of God the priority in your life.
The battle is the Lord's!Click here to contact Reverend Rako >>Click here to discuss this month's message in the forum >>
- Psalms 144:1
|Blue Warrior |
|Blue Warriorwith Sgt. Glenn French
following article appeared on PoliceOne.com and provides a great
insight into the hostage situation and bus assault that occurred in
downtown Manila last week. Next months Blue Warrior will explain a
different version of a bus assault tactic. Stay safe,Sgt. Glenn FrenchScott Stewart
Special Contributor to PoliceOne.com
Aug. 23, Rolando Mendoza, a former senior police inspector with the
Manila police department, boarded a tourist bus in downtown Manila and
took control of the vehicle, holding the 25 occupants (tourists from
Hong Kong and their Philippine guides) hostage. Mendoza, who was dressed
in his police inspector's uniform, was armed with an M16-type rifle and
at least one handgun.
According to the police, Mendoza had been
discharged from the department after being charged with extortion.
Mendoza claimed the charges were fabricated and had fought a protracted
administrative and legal battle in his effort to be reinstated.
Apparently, Mendoza's frustration over this process led to his plan to
take the hostages. The fact that Mendoza entertained hope of regaining
his police job by breaking the law and taking hostages speaks volumes
about his mental state at the time of the incident.
hours of negotiation failed to convince Mendoza to surrender,
communications broke down, Mendoza began to shoot hostages and police
launched a clumsy and prolonged tactical operation to storm the bus. The
operation lasted for more than an hour and left Mendoza and eight of
the tourists dead at the end of a very public and protracted case of
violence stemming from a workplace grievance.
operations are some of the most difficult and demanding tactical
operations for police and military. To be successful, they require a
great deal of training and planning and must be carefully executed.
Because of this, hostage-rescue teams are among the most elite police
and military units in the world. Since these teams are always training
and learning, they pay close attention to operations like the one in
Manila and study these operations carefully. They seek to adopt and
incorporate tactics and techniques that work and learn from any mistakes
that were made so they can avoid repeating them. Even in highly
successful operations, there are always areas that can be improved upon
and lessons that can be learned.
Indeed, in the Manila case, the
events that unfolded provided a litany of lessons for hostage-rescue
teams. The case will almost certainly be used in law enforcement and
military classrooms across the globe for years as a textbook example of
what not to do.Breakdown of the Incident
after 10 a.m. on Aug. 23, Mendoza commandeered the bus and its
occupants (his police inspector's uniform was likely helpful in gaining
him access to the vehicle). Within minutes, he released two female
hostages. Soon thereafter he released four hostages (a woman and three
children). Mendoza used a cell phone to call the Manila police, inform
them of the situation and make his demands: that the charges against him
be dropped by the police ombudsman's office and that he be reinstated
to the police force. These early hostage releases would generally be
seen as a positive sign by the authorities, showing that Mendoza had
some compassion for the women and children and that even if he was
reducing the number of hostages for pragmatic, tactical reasons (to
allow him better control over the group), he was at least reducing the
number by releasing people and not killing them.
maintained communications with Mendoza, who stayed aboard the bus and
kept the motor running. This not only kept the vehicle cool, but allowed
Mendoza to watch events unfold around the bus on the onboard television
set. He had his hostages close the curtains on the bus to make it more
difficult for the authorities to determine where he was in the bus.
after 1 p.m., Mendoza requested more gasoline for the bus and some
food. He released another hostage, an elderly man, in return for the gas
and food. Two other hostages, both Philippine photographers, were
released as a deadline for action set by Mendoza (1500 hours) came and
went. One of the photographers was released before, one after. There
were also reports that Mendoza had initially set a 12:30 p.m. deadline
for action. The fact that these deadlines passed without violence would
be an encouraging sign to the authorities that the incident could be
resolved without bloodshed. Food was again taken out to the bus just
before 1700 hours During the afternoon, Mendoza could have been engaged
by snipers on at least two occasions, but since negotiations were
proceeding well and Mendoza did not appear to be close to shooting, the
decision was made to try and wait him out and not attempt to kill him.
If the snipers failed to incapacitate Mendoza, it could have risked the
lives of the hostages.
During the ordeal, Mendoza continued to
watch events unfold on the television inside the bus and reportedly even
talked to journalists via cell phone. Mendoza also ordered the bus
driver to park the vehicle sideways in the center of the road in an
apparent attempt to make it more difficult to approach without
Things took a marked turn for the worse around 1820
hours, when negotiators, accompanied by Mendoza's brother Gregorio (who
is also a police officer and who had earlier helped convince Mendoza to
extend his deadline), approached the bus with a letter from the office
of the ombudsman offering to reopen his case. Mendoza rejected the
letter, saying he wanted his case dismissed, not reviewed. At this
point, there are conflicting reports of what happened. The police
negotiators told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that Mendoza's brother
told Mendoza that the letter from the ombudsman's office was garbage and
that he should not surrender. Other press reports indicate that the
brother pleaded with Mendoza to take him hostage and release the
tourists and that his pleading was seen as counterproductive to the
Whatever the story, Mendoza's brother was then
arrested and his arrest was carried live on television and seen by
Mendoza in the bus. Shortly after his brother's arrest, Mendoza fired
two warning shots and demanded in a radio interview that all the Manila
Police Department SWAT officers be removed from the scene. Shortly after
1900 hours, Mendoza repeated his threats and refused to speak to his
family members. Growing increasingly agitated, Mendoza shot two of the
hostages when his demand for the SWAT officers to retreat was not met.
He released the Philippine bus driver, who reportedly told police that
all the hostages were dead. (We are unsure why the driver said this when
only two of the passengers had been killed, but the police would have
been able to tell from the volume of fire that Mendoza had not truly
killed all the hostages.)
At about 1930, the tires of the bus
were shot out and a police tactical team approached the vehicle and
began to smash its windows with a sledgehammer. The police attempted to
slowly enter the back of the bus by crawling through one of the
shattered windows from the top of a police truck but were forced back
out of the window by gunfire.
At about 2040, police deployed tear
gas into the back of the bus through the missing windows. Gunfire
erupted and Mendoza was finally killed in a hail of bullets. Six
additional hostages also perished during the exchange of gunfire. It is
unclear at this point if they were intentionally shot by Mendoza or if
they were caught in the crossfire.An Avoidable Situation?
the time of the rescue attempt, the saga of Mendoza's firing from the
police force had been going on for some time, and it is important to
recognize that he did not make a spontaneous decision to seize the
tourist bus. Even if the bus was targeted shortly before the attack,
Mendoza's path toward violent action would have included several
significant warning signs. As in almost any case of violence that stems
from issues in the workplace, once the chain of events are examined more
closely, reports will emerge that warning signs were either missed or
ignored. Had those warning signs been noted and acted upon, this
situation might have been avoided.
Since the event was not
pre-empted, once it happened and developed into a hostage situation, the
primary objective of the authorities was to resolve the incident
without violence. Skillful hostage negotiators do this by allowing the
hostage-taker to vent. They also work hard to defuse any tension that
has the attacker on edge and to gently wear the attacker down to the
point of surrender. One of the essential principles in this effort is to
isolate the hostage-taker so that he or she cannot receive outside
communication, motivation, encouragement or other forms of support.
Hostage negotiators seek to control the flow of all information into or
out of the crime scene. That did not occur in this case. Mendoza was
able to talk to outsiders on his cell phone and even gave media
interviews. He was also able to use the television in the bus to watch
live media coverage of the incident, including video of the deployment
of police officers. This gave him a considerable advantage and far more
information than what he could have observed with his eyes from inside
the curtained bus.
As shown in the November 2008 attack in
Mumbai, India, it has become more difficult to isolate assailants from
outside communications in the cell phone era, but there are ways that
such communications can be disabled. It is not known why the Manila
police did not attempt to jam the outside communication signals going to
and from the bus, but that is certainly something that will come up in
the after-action review, as will their handling of the media and
onlookers (one of whom was wounded) during the incident.
negotiations are proceeding in a hostage situation, the authorities must
always be busily preparing to launch an assault in case negotiations
fail. When the assailant is agitated or mentally disturbed, the
situation on the ground can sometimes change quite rapidly, and the
rescue team needs to be prepared to act on a moment's notice. Usually
the team will come in with an initial assault plan and then alter and
refine their plan as more intelligence becomes available, and as they
become more familiar with the site and the situation.
hostages are being held in a building, the rescue team will get the
blueprints of the building and collect as much information as possible
in an effort to plan their assault on the location where the hostages
are being held. In this case, the hostages were being held on a
stationary bus, which made it far easier to collect that type of
intelligence -- a bus is a bus. The authorities also had access to
released hostages who, had they been debriefed, could have described to
authorities the situation inside the bus.
In a protracted hostage
situation, the authorities will frequently employ technical measures to
gather additional intelligence on the activities of the hostage-taker.
This may involve the use of overt or clandestine video equipment,
parabolic microphones or microphones surreptitiously placed in or near
the site. Even thermal imaging sets and technical equipment to intercept
cell phone communication or radio transmissions are sometimes used.
the information gleaned from such efforts will not only go to the
negotiators, to help them understand the hostage-taker's frame of mind,
but will also be used to help the rescue team fine-tune their assault
Meanwhile, as the assault plan is being tweaked,
negotiations continue and the hostage negotiators work to wear down the
hostage-taker. It appears that the negotiators in the Mendoza case were
doing a fairly good job of keeping the situation calm until the
situation flared up involving Mendoza's brother and the letter from the
ombudsman's office. Authorities clearly erred by not sending him a
letter saying they had dropped the case against him. (They did not need
the extortion charges now that they could arrest him and charge him with
kidnapping and a host of other crimes.) It is hard to understand why
the police department quibbled over words and refused to give him the
piece of paper he expressly demanded. The police then aggravated the
situation greatly with the public arrest of Mendoza's brother. Those two
events caused the situation to deteriorate rapidly and resulted in
Mendoza's decision to begin shooting. Once he shot the first two
hostages, the negotiations were clearly over and it was time to
implement a tactical solution to the problem.Three Missing Components: Speed, Surprise, and Violence of Action
a hostage situation, the use of force is a last resort. If force is
required, however, the rescue team needs to hit hard, hit fast, and hit
accurately. There is little time for hesitation or error: Lives hang in
the balance. This is where things began to get very ugly in the Mendoza
case. Not only was there a delay between the murder of the first
hostages and the launching of the first assault attempt, the assault was
not hard, fast or accurate. To succeed, an assault should be dynamic,
assume control of the scene by overwhelming force and use surprise and
confusion to catch the hostage-taker off guard and quickly incapacitate
him. The rescue team needs to dominate the place where the entry is
being made and then quickly and accurately shoot the assailant. When the
police began to smash the windows of the bus with sledgehammers and
then continued to beat on the windows for more than a minute, Mendoza
had ample time to kill his hostages had he wished to do so. The only
thing that saved the hostages who did survive was Mendoza's apparent
reluctance to kill them.
It appears that the intent of the police
was to smash the rear window to provide an opening and then to continue
smashing windows as they moved forward in an effort to draw Mendoza's
attention to the front of the bus while the assault team entered from
the rear. When the police did attempt to enter the bus using the roof of
the police vehicle, however, it was a slow, clumsy attempt that was
quickly repelled by Mendoza once he opened fire on the team. They did
not enter the bus quickly, and their tepid approach caused them to lose
the element of tactical surprise, denied them the opportunity to employ
overwhelming force and allowed Mendoza time to think and react and begin
firing. There was no hope of the assault team's dominating the
breaching point (or the rest of the bus) when they entered in such a
half-hearted manner. Then, instead of following through with the assault
by storming the front door while Mendoza was firing at the police in
the rear of the bus, the police withdrew and went back to the drawing
board. Again, had Mendoza wanted to kill all his remaining hostages, the
withdrawal of the assault team gave him ample time to do so.
than an hour after the first assault, the police again approached the
bus and deployed tear gas grenades through the broken windows at the
back of the bus. This flushed Mendoza toward the front of the bus and,
after a brief exchange of gunfire, he was killed. There were some
reports that he was killed by a police sniper, but we have seen no
evidence to corroborate those reports, and it appears that he was shot
from a relatively short range. Eight of the hostages survived the
Granted, a bus does offer some challenges for a takedown
operation, but is also a very common form of transportation throughout
the world, and there have been numerous hostage situations involving
buses in many different countries. Because of this, professional rescue
teams frequently practice bus takedowns in much the same way they
practice building takedowns or aircraft takedowns.
It was very
apparent that the Manila SWAT unit lacked the experience, equipment, and
training to conduct effective hostage-rescue operations, and we have
seen this problem in other local police departments in the developing
world. We have not been able to learn why the police did not seek the
help of a national-level hostage-rescue unit for the tactical aspect of
this situation rather than leaving it to the Manila SWAT team to
resolve. Given the prolonged duration of the situation and the location
in the nation's capital, higher-level assets should have had time to
deploy to the scene.
Unlike many cases of workplace violence,
this one did not involve a disgruntled employee charging into his former
office with guns blazing. Instead, Mendoza embarked on a course of
action that would, as it turned out, cause a great deal of public
humiliation for his former employer. Indeed, the head of the Manila
police district tendered his resignation Aug. 24. Four leaders of the
Manila SWAT team were also placed on administrative leave.
past, some botched rescue attempts have spurred inquiries that have
resulted in countries creating or dramatically improving their
hostage-rescue capabilities. For example, the failed rescue attempt in
Munich in 1972 led to the creation of Germany's GSG-9, one of the most
competent hostage-rescue teams in the world. It will be interesting to
see if the Mendoza case spurs similar developments in the Philippines, a
country facing a number of security threats.About The Author:
Stewart is Vice President, Tactical Intelligence, for STRATFOR. He is a
former Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent who was involved in
hundreds of terrorism investigations, most notably the 1993 World Trade
Center bombing and the follow-on New York City bomb plot investigation,
during which he served as lead investigator for the U.S. State
Department. He led a team of Americans who aided the government of
Argentina in investigating the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in
Buenos Aires, and was involved in investigations following a series of
attacks and attempted attacks by the Iraqi intelligence service during
the first Gulf War.
Good luck & stay safe,Sgt. Glenn French
Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group tactical training company and founder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge. Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com, and his column is the"SWAT Operator".
has instructed Basic and Advanced SWAT / Tactical officer courses,
Basic and Advanced Sniper courses, Cold Weather / Winter Sniper
Operations and Active Shooter Response courses and others. Sgt French
served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Gulf war "Operation
Desert Storm." During his military tenure Sgt French gained valuable
experience in C.Q.B., infantry tactics and explosive breaching
operations and he served as a Platoon sergeant and a squad leader.
|Special Forces History|
|Special Forces Historywith Charles Woodson
Forces has a very rich history. Our origins go all the way back
to WWII and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). There are even
roots to Special Ops history that go back to people and events back
before the American Revolution and even times before that.
June 1952, Special Forces was born from the vision and tireless work of
Colonel Aaron Bank and Colonel Russell Volckmann. Both men served
during WWII in the OSS, Colonel Bank serving in the European theater
and Colonel Volckmann served in the Pacific.
Volckmann was a West Point graduate, and after the fall of Bataan in
1942, he retreated into the hills and organized a resistance force
among the local indigenous, llocanos. He trained and
commanded his force in the western and northern coasts of Luzon,
launching attacks against the Japanese. During the U.S. invasion
of the Philippines in January 1945, Volckmann's guerrillas attacked the
retreating Japanese forces far behind the lines, capturing bases and air
fields, thereby allowing the American advance to proceed at a lightning
Bank served in the U.S. Army as a Captain in the Office of Strategic
Services (which would be disbanded by Harry Truman in 1946 but in less
than a year provide much of the cadre and expertise for the new CIA).
The OSS conducted both espionage operations (SI Branch) and "special
operations": sabotage and guerrilla warfare (SO Branch). Bank was
assigned to SO Branch, and led one of the OSS's operations, Operation
Jedburgh, into France.
In that operation, Bank and two
Frenchmen, an officer and a radio operator, parachuted into southern
France in July 1944, and linked up with French guerillas of the Gaullist
FFI. They liberated a number of towns, despite tense relations with the
Communist Francs Tireurs et Partisans. In September, Bank left, mission
accomplished, and reported back in to London.
In late 1944 and
early 1945, Bank led "Operation Iron Cross", which evolved into a plan
to capture or kill Adolf Hitler. The original plan was for a company of
men disguised as German soldiers to jump in near Innsbruck in
present-day Austria. There they would conduct sabotage and induce German
soldiers to desert. The leaders of the unit were OSS men: Bank, a
lieutenant, and two sergeants. The rank and file were prisoners of war
from Nazi Germany who volunteered to fight against the Nazis. Many of
them were Communists; in the end, Bank had weeded out 75 of his original
175 volunteers. They were paid sixty cents an hour, and a promise of a
death benefit if they were killed.
Bank could not pass as a
German, so his cover called him "Henri Marchand," a French Nazi from
Martinique. The hope was that any Gestapo men asking questions wouldn't
recognize a Martinique accent.
When General William Donovan,
head of the OSS, was briefed on the progress of Iron Cross, he changed
the mission. Hitler had been threatening that the Nazi leaders and
armies would withdraw into the National Redoubt -- the mountainous area
on today's German-Austrian border. This was exactly the target of Iron
Cross, and Donovan ordered a new mission: "Tell Bank to get Hitler." The
men of Iron Cross began training in raid and snatch techniques -- their
goal was to capture Hitler alive and deliver him to a war crimes
Iron Cross was canceled almost on the eve of execution:
intelligence showed that the National Redoubt was a figment of Hitler's
imagination, that Hitler was not in the target area, and that Nazi
resistance was collapsing across Europe. A disappointed Bank had to
thank his men for trying -- and send them back to their POW cages. Bank
thought that one problem with Iron Cross was State Department aversion
to setting so many armed Communists loose in an area destined for Allied
From Europe, Bank traveled to China, where he
trained for an abortive mission into Indochina, and later, in September
1945, did parachute into Laos with a combined SI/SO team. During these
postwar mopping-up operations, he met Ho Chi Minh, for whom he always
retained great respect. The name, Special Forces, originated from the
OSS, operational teams in the field from 1944 period of time.
Bank and Colonel Volckmann, teamed up and worked tirelessly to convince
the Army to adopt its own unconventional guerrilla-style force. They
had an ally in Brigadier General Robert McClure, who headed the Army's
psychological warfare staff in the Pentagon. Bank and Volckmann
convinced the Army chiefs that there were areas in the world not
susceptible to conventional warfare - Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe
especially - but that would make ideal targets for unconventional
harassment and guerrilla fighting. Special operations as envisioned by
the two men, and by Bank in particular, were a force multiplier: a small
number of soldiers who could sow a disproportionately large amount of
trouble for the enemy. Confusion would reign among enemy ranks and
objectives would be accomplished with an extreme economy of manpower. It
was a bold idea, one that went against the grain of traditional
concepts, but by 1952 the Army was finally ready to embark on a new era
of unconventional warfare.
Bank established the new
organization's headquarters at Fort Bragg, recruiting former OSS
officers, airborne and ranger troops, and seasoned war veterans.
Army allocated 2,300 personnel slots for the unit and assigned it to
Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In the spring of 1952, Bank went to Fort
Bragg to choose a suitable location for a Psychological Warfare/Special
Forces center. He chose a remote area of the post known as Smoke Bomb
Hill, not knowing that within ten years it would become one of the
busiest places in the Army.
He then went about assembling a cadre
of officers and NCOs who would serve as the hard-core foundation of the
new unit, and who would act as a training staff to perpetuate and flesh
out the fledgling organization. Bank didn't want raw recruits. He
wanted the best troops in the Army, and he got them: former OSS
officers, airborne troops, ex-Ranger troops and combat veterans of World
War II and Korea. They were an unusual lot, a motivated bunch, men who
were looking for new challenges to conquer - the more arduous the
better. Virtually all spoke at least two languages, had at least a
sergeant's rank, and were trained in infantry and parachute skills. Most
were familiar with the customs of their target countries. They were all
volunteers willing to work behind enemy lines, in civilian clothes if
That last item was no small matter. If caught
operating in civilian clothes, a soldier was no longer protected by the
Geneva Convention and would more than likely be shot on sight if
captured. But these first volunteers didn't worry about the risks: they
were long accustomed to living with anger. Many of them had come from
Eastern Europe where they had fled the tyranny of communist rule at the
end of World War II.
After months of intense preparation, Bank's
unit was finally activated June 19, 1952, at Fort Bragg. It was
designated the 10th Special Forces Group, with Bank as commander. On the
day of activation, the total strength of the group was ten soldiers -
Bank, one warrant officer, and eight enlisted men. That was soon to
Within months, the first volunteers reported to the 10th
Group by the hundreds as they completed the initial phase of their
Special Forces training. As soon as the 10th Group became large enough,
Bank began training his troops in the most advanced techniques of
unconventional warfare. As defined by the Army, the main mission of
Bank's unit was "to infiltrate by land, sea or air, deep into
enemy-occupied territory and organize the resistance/guerrilla potential
to conduct Special Forces operations, with emphasis on guerrilla
warfare." But there were secondary missions as well.
included deep-penetration raids, intelligence missions and
counterinsurgency operations. It was a tall order, one which demanded a
commitment to professionalism and excellence perhaps unparalleled in
American military history. But Bank's men were up to the challenge.
had been through tough training before; their airborne and Ranger tabs
were proof of that. But working for Special Forces was not going to be
simply a rehash of Ranger techniques. If the volunteers didn't
appreciate the difference between Rangers and Special Forces when they
first signed up, they did when they went through Bank's training. As
Bank put it, "Our training included many more complex subjects and was
geared to entirely different, more difficult, comprehensive missions and
The Rangers of World War II and Korea had
been designed as light-infantry shock troops; their mission was to hit
hard, hit fast, then get out so larger and more heavily armed units
could follow through, much the same as the modern Ranger force. Special
Forces, however, were designed to spend months, even years, deep within
hostile territory. They would have to be self-sustaining. They would
have to speak the language of their target area. They would have to know
how to survive on their own without extensive resupply from the
After less than a year and a half together as a full
Special Forces group, Bank's men proved to the Army's satisfaction that
they had mastered the skills of their new trade. So on November 11,
1953, in the aftermath of an aborted uprising in East Germany, half of
the 10th Special Forces Group was permanently deployed to Bad Tolz, West
Germany. The other half remained at Fort Bragg, where they were
re-designated as the 77th Special Forces Group.
In the past I
have worked with historians of the United States Special Operations
Command, (USSOCOM), the United States Army Special Operations Command,
(USASOC), the Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS) at Fort Bragg,
and the Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC). I am a
documentary film producer, and have spent much of my time producing
military history documentaries for the DOD and the private
sector. I have been fortunate enough to interview many of
our most significant historical figures from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and
more recent periods of our history.
I am currently interviewing
many of our Special Forces and Special Operations members of the Special
Operations Association (SOA), who are comprised of service members from
the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, as well as members from some of
our Ally countries.
SOA has appointed
Charles Woodson as their Personal History Project Officer. They
have asked me to interview, over time, their entire membership. We
have started with this past reunion, in Las Vegas to interview the
first group.This coming September 13th through the 17th we will be
interviewing the second group. The stories, needless to say, are
are looking for support in this huge effort. So any interested
parties can contact me at my email address I can provide additional
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|A Warrior's Wisdom |
A Warrior's Wisdom
a nation to continue to exist these three components must be developed
under the leadership of the middle class of the industrial complex.
Landed Aristocracy - In the case of the U.S. it is the right to
own property. Book Definition: A category of nobility in various
countries over the history, for which landownership was part of their
noble privileges. Their character depended on their country.
2 Military- Industrial complex - The relationship of a nation's armed forces with the industries that supply their equipment.
3 Undeveloped Resources/Frontier - A nation's natural resources and undeveloped land.
good example in our own country is why the South lost the war? They had
an undeveloped frontier and no stabilized middle class and not much of a
In the U.S. today all three are being
blocked and we are feeling the weight of the effects economically. In
order for the U.S. to prosper again these three must be reenacted with
vigor or we will eventually collapse and other nations will seek out and
exploit our resources. China is now drilling for oil off our coast
I have read in the News and we have an offshore drilling ban. One
can only wonder what else is happening.
government policy leads to military and economic disaster which leads to
further disaster as it takes its toll on the people.
|Military Maxims and Principles |
Military Maxims and Principles
Lt. Gen. Harold L. George stated that "the object of war
is now and always has been the overcoming of the hostile will to resist.
The defeat of the enemy's armed forces is not the object of war; the
occupation of his territory is not the object of war. Each of these is
merely a means to an end; and the end is overcoming his will to resist.
When that will is broken, when that will disintegrates, then
Clausewitz had seen certain principles behind this issue long
before air power made its debut, in the nature of war as a duel akin to
two wrestlers each grappling for balance, all be it founded on a
political decision that depends upon a network of political, economic,
social, and military support. The result, he concluded, is a certain
"center of gravity" for each side, the point of the greatest
vulnerability, which is not necessarily its army.
countries subject to domestic strife, the center of gravity is generally
the capital. In small countries that rely on large ones, it is usually
the army of their protector. Among alliances, it lies in the community
of interest, and in popular uprisings it is the personalities of the
leaders and public opinion. For Alexander the Great, Gustavus Adolphus
and Frederick the Great it was their armies.
The "center" of a nation's strength, is not always
the "center of gravity", but rather the essential source of
ideological and moral strength, which, if broken, makes it
impossible to continue the war.
To force this reversal of the decision and commitment to fight,
a commander must know himself, his own people, his enemies' people-and
he must know his own moral objective as well as that of his enemy.
"To achieve victory, one must first know what victory is."
|Aesop's Fables |
The Lion and the MouseA
Lion was awakened from sleep by a mouse running over his face. Rising
up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the Mouse
piteously entreated, saying: "If you would only spare my life, I would
be sure to repay your kindness." The lion laughed and let him go. It
happened shortly after this that the lion was caught by some hunters,
who bound him by strong ropes to the ground. The mouse, recognizing his
roar, came gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free, and
ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, not expecting to
receive from me any repayment of your favor; Now you know that it is
possible for even a Mouse to benefit a Lion."
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|Quotes & Jokes|
| Remember the Alamo
Col. William Barrett Travis
Letter to Jesse Grimes
March 3, 1836
me the favor to send the enclosed to its proper destination instantly. I
am still here, in fine spirits and well to do, with 145 men. I have
held this place for ten days against a force variously estimated from
1,500 to 6,000, and shall continue to hold it till I get relief from my
country or I will perish in its defense. We have had a shower of bombs
and cannon balls continually falling among us the whole time, yet none
of us has fallen. We have been miraculously preserved. You have no doubt
seen my official report of the action of the 24th ult. in which we
repulsed the enemy with considerable loss; on the night of the 25th they
made another attempt to charge us in the rear of the fort, but we
received them gallantly by a discharge of grape shot and musketry, and
they took to their scrapers immediately. They are now encamped in
entrenchments on all sides of us.
All our couriers have gotten
out without being caught and a company of 32 men from Gonzales got in
two nights ago, and Colonel Bonham got in today by coming between the
powder house and the enemy's upper encampment....Let the convention go
on and make a declaration of independence, and we will then understand,
and the world will understand, what we are fighting for. If independence
is not declared, I shall lay down my arms, and so will the men under my
command. But under the flag of independence, we are ready to peril our
lives a hundred times a day, and to drive away the monster who is
fighting us under a blood-red flag, threatening to murder all prisoners
and make Texas a waste desert. I shall have to fight the enemy on his
own terms, yet I am ready to do it, and if my countrymen do not rally to
my relief, I am determined to perish in the defense of this place, and
my bones shall reproach my country for her neglect. With 500 men more, I
will drive Sesma beyond the Rio Grande, and I will visit vengeance on
the enemy fighting against us. Let the government declare them public
enemies, otherwise she is acting a suicidal part. I shall treat them as
such, unless I have superior orders to the contrary.
My respects to all friends, confusion to all enemies.
God Bless you.
Col. William Barrett Travis
To David Ayers
March 3, 1836
care of my little boy. If the country should be saved, I may make for
him a splendid fortune; but if the country be lost and I should perish,
he will have nothing but the proud recollection that he is the son of a
man who died for his country.
Col. William Barrett Travis
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory
Col. William Barrett Travis: What are you fighting for?
Bowie: More like the old life, I guess...like it used to be. Like it is
in America where the people own the government. You see, Santa Anna, he
thinks he owns the people. Now I don't like being owned. I'm kind of
particular about that kind of thing.
Col. William Barrett
Travis: This is not about land or money...but the one thing that no man
should never be able to take from another man: the freedom to make his
own choices about his life, where he'll live, how he'll live, how he'll
raise his family.
"The way to love anything is to realize it might be lost."
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Clichés of Socialism
Clichés of Socialism "Why, you'd take us back to
the horse and buggy?"
BASIC FALLACY of this all-too-common cliché is a confusion between
technology and such other aspects of human life as morality and
political principles. Over the centuries, technology tends to progress:
from the first wheel to the horse and buggy to the railroad and the jet
plane. Looking back on this dramatic and undeniable progress, it is easy
for men to make the mistake of believing that all other aspects of
society are somehow bound up with, and determined by, the state of
technology in each historical era. Every advance in technology, then,
seemingly requires some sort of change in all other values and
institutions of man. The Constitution of the United States was,
undoubtedly, framed during the "horse and buggy" era. Doesn't this mean
that the railroad age required some radical change in the Constitution,
and that the jet age requires something else? As we look back over our
history, we find that since 1776, our technology has been progressing,
and that the role of government in the economy, and in all of society,
has also grown rapidly. This cliché simply assumes that the growth of
government must have been required by the advance of technology.
we reflect upon this idea, the flaws and errors stand out. Why should
an increase in technology require a change in the Constitution, or in
our morality or values? What moral or political change
does the entrance of a jet force us to adopt?
There is no
necessity whatever for morality or political philosophy to change every
time technology improves. The fundamental relations of men-their need to
mix their labor with resources in order to produce consumer goods,
their desire for sociability, their need for private property, to
mention but a few-are always the same, whatever the era of history.
Jesus' teachings were not applicable just to the ox-cart age of
first-century Palestine; neither were the Ten Commandments somehow
"outmoded" by the invention of the pulley.
progress over the centuries, but the morality of man's actions is not
thereby assured; in fact, it may easily and rapidly retrogress. It does
not take centuries for men to learn to plunder and kill one another, or
to reach out for coercive power over their fellows. There are always men
willing to do so. Technologically, history is indeed a record of
progress; but morally, it is an up-and-down and eternal struggle between
morality and immorality, between liberty and coercion.
specific technical tool can in any way determine moral principles, the
truth is the other way round: in order for even technology to advance,
man needs at least a modicum of freedom-to seek the truth, to discover
and develop the creative ideas of the individual. And remember, every
new idea must originate in some one individual. Freedom is needed for
technological advance; and when freedom is lost, technology itself
decays and society sinks back, as in the Dark Ages, into virtual
The glib cliché tries to link liberty and limited
government with the horse and buggy; socialism and welfare state, it
slyly implies, are tailored to the requirements of the jet and the TV
set. But on the contrary, it is socialism and state planning that are
many centuries old from the savage Oriental despotisms of the ancient
empires to the totalitarian regime of the Incas. Liberty and morality
had to win their way slowly over many centuries, until finally expanding
liberty made possible the great technological advance of the Industrial
Revolution and the flowering go of modern capitalism. The reversion in
this century to ever-greater statism threatens to plunge us back to the
barbarism of the ancient past.
Statists always refer to
themselves as "progressives," and to libertarians as "reactionaries."
These labels grow out of the very cliché we have been examining here.
This "technological determinist" argument for statism began with Karl
Marx and was continued by Thorstein Veblen and their numerous
followers-the real reactionaries of our time.
|What Has Really Changed?|
What Has Really Changed?
The name doesn't matter
Only the meaning of Free Enterprise
people say we should get a new name for it. Perhaps. But what does the
name matter, so long as we preserve the meaning. A good thing, too, to
review what it means once in a while: Free enterprise means Hope:
Your boy can start a business or hope to boss the one he's in . . . In
countries without free enterprise only the government owns and runs a
Free enterprise means Decency
In so-called "liberal" countries where "everything is for the people,"
you can be thrown into a slave labor camp to die, just on the whim of
Free enterprise means Home
: not two families "assigned" to one room.
Free enterprise means Courage:
and no need to cringe at the words "police" or "party member".
Free enterprise means Dignity:
not sobbing out a " confession" in a courtroom to avoid more torture.
Free enterprise means Education:
what you want . . . not what some official decides for you. (And much of
your reading may be made possible, by the way, by a Scotch immigrant
boy named Carnegie who made millions under the American free enterprise
system, and spent them on free libraries.) Free enterprise-Americanism-profit-and-loss system:
the name doesn't matter so long as you are on the alert against the people who are trying to change and destroy its meaning.
American Flag in PHX|
This photo was taken by my friend Wendy at a rally at the
state capitol yesterday. The news will not show it and the Capitol Police and Homeland
Security would not let Americans or any of the Veterans that were there do anything
husband and his friends were threatened to be arrested and were told they would
be booked under federal charges if they did anything.
I am sending this to you so that you in turn can
start emailing it to every one on your list. It is totally uncalled for and
people need to see it. This is not about politics...
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Village in Afghanistan ... Incredible!!
3rd Recon Bn RVN USMC of a village
in Afghanistan. These photos show homes built right into the cliff-side and in caves. And
you wonder why they can't find Osama
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SF BN for 10th Group
Fort Carson's secretive Green Beret community is getting larger.
Over recent months, the Army's 10th Special Forces Group has quietly
begun assembling a new operational...
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Soon To Be Gone -The Greatest Generation
This should be required reading in every school and college in our
country. This Captain, an Army doctor, deserves a medal himself for putting this
together. If you choose not to....
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Boys And Thirteen Hands...
year I am hired to go to Washington , DC
, with the eighth grade class from Clinton
, WI , where I grew up, to
videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation's capitol, and each
year I take some special memories back with me. This fall's trip was especially
the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima
memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts
one of the most famous photographs in history -- that of the six brave soldiers
raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island
of Iwo Jima , Japan
, during WW II.
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Can Muslims be Good Americans?
This is certainly 'food-for-thought'.
This is very interesting and we all need to read it from
start to finish and send it on to everyone. Maybe this is why our American
Muslims are so quiet and...
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will be taxed to help Muslims!
- Do You Know What It Means? It just keeps coming more surprises every day. Subject of Dhimmitude - It's on pg 107 of the
I thought you would like to know about this. I looked this up on Google and yep, it exists! Its a REAL word.
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USMC81: Aerial Combat Footage from Afghanistan!
helicopter inbound! Reporting from Khost, Afghanistan, Steven Harrigan
narrates an encounter between US military forces and Taliban fighters.
U.S. Troops kill 15 Taliban with zero civilian casualties...
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The Only Surviving Album of Auschwitz
Album memorializes the arrival of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz in May of 1944. It is the
only one of its kind, and it is solely due to this album that we have a glimpse
at the visual history of what occurred in the Auschwitz...
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The Home Depot fires patriotic Christian, approves homosexuals
The Home Depot fired an employee for refusing to
remove a "One nation under God" patriotic button from his work apron.
Trevor Keezor, a Christian, said he wore the button to support his country and
his 27-year-old brother, who serves...
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