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Lessons? What lessons?

Before too long, we’ll have a Second Civil War to blithely ignore the lessons of.

There’s a tried and true American approach to suppressing terrorism, and it worked quite well during Gen. Sherman’s 1863 Kentucky campaign and Gen. Phil Sheridan’s subsequent reduction of the Shenandoah Valley. We don’t have to be particularly smart; we merely have to do some disgusting things. Sherman and Sheridan suppressed sniping at Union soldiers by Confederate civilians by burning the towns (just the towns, not the townsfolk) that sheltered them. In other words, they forced collective responsibility upon a hostile population, a doctrine that in peacetime is entirely repugnant, but that in wartime becomes unavoidable. By contrast, the peacetime procedure of turning petty criminals into police snitches has backfired terribly. No doubt we will learn that the perpetrators of tonight’s horror at London Bridge were known to police, like the Manchester Arena suicide bomber and most of the perpetrators of large-scale terrorist acts in Europe during the past several years. (Update: “At Least One London Bridge Terrorist Was a ‘Known Wolf'”) The remedy is time-tested and straightforward. We merely require the will to apply it.

Yeah, well, that’s gonna be a problem right there. Best we just go on with the “cower in place” strategy for a long while yet. We can all keep comforting ourselves each time a few dozen more of us are slaughtered by having a good cry; it seems to be working well for blithering idiots all over the world so far, right?

Like Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, who burned a great swath through Georgia and the Carolinas, Sheridan believed that war is won not just by killing soldiers but by denying them support from a broader civilian population.

Actually, it’s worse for us than that: Sherman believed, and explicitly stated, that wars were won only when the spirit of the opposition, both military and civilian, was utterly and entirely broken—their will to resist crushed right out of them—and not one moment before. He and Grant both proved, along with a lot of other leading officers throughout history, that competence in warfare is less a matter of intelligence and more a matter of brutal, implacable resolve.

In other words: it all comes down to will. The will of our enemies to conquer us must be bested by our own will to defeat them. So far there’s absolutely no sign at all that that’s the case. We lack the fortitude to even call the enemy by his proper name; for us to even be discussing defeating him is very nearly an obscenity.

DOOMED update! It’s laugh or cry, folks.


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That last bit is especially poignant; since Brits long ago allowed their government to disarm them, they’re now reduced to throwing chairs and bar glasses at their Muslim tormentors. It bears repeating: before we can defeat the Muslims, we will first have to crush the Left, and nullify its malign influence on our lives. That’s every bit as true here as it is there, and everywhere else.

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17 thoughts on “Lessons? What lessons?

  1. Mike, the thing to keep in mind is that the scum who are having vapors over applying such tactics to Muslims ever since 9/11 had absolutely no problem then and will have no problem in the future applying all those tactics to Americans.

  2. I think the examples of the raping, murdering, plundering scum Sherman and Sheridan is more easily compared to the filthy, vile muslims than an example of what we should do.

    Really? Our example is lowlife drunken scum raping, murdering and robbing fellow white people? Seriously?

  3. Back in the late 1960s in Army ROTC, we were taught that the purpose of war is not to kill the enemy, but to destroy his will to fight.

  4. Ack! You still read PJM, Mike?

    Yer a better man than I, Mr. Hendrix. Good on you for reading #neverTrump Central, I mean, err, Pajamas Media so that I don’t have to. 🙂

    Man, the sacrifices you make for your readership.

    Only things I read on that site these days is Insty, and I skip past the Driscoll and Green posts, even there.

    Actually, it’s worse for us than that: Sherman believed, and explicitly stated, that wars were won only when the spirit of the opposition, both military and civilian, was utterly and entirely broken—their will to resist crushed right out of them—and not one moment before. He and Grant both proved, along with a lot of other leading officers throughout history, that competence in warfare is less a matter of intelligence and more a matter of brutal, implacable resolve.

    To quote the Vorkosigan:

    [i]”A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind.”[/i]

    And warfare is a weapon, just as Total War Doctrine and War to the Knife are elements of that weapons cabinet.

    When it comes to Britain, and to our own politicians on both Left and “Right”, its the “brutal, implacable resolve” part that may be hard to come by these days.

    I’ll also note that there is an alternative: you get a lot fewer Muslim atrocities if there are no, or nearly no Muslims in your country, and you disallow the importation and entry of new ones. Look at Poland and the Czech Republic.

    How many “refugee” attacks has Poland had since they closed their borders and began both disallowing Muslims in and deporting existing Islamics?

    We might try reducing the hostile populace in our borders while refusing to increase it, before we get to the point where Sherman’s War is the only option.

    But then we hit that matter of our leaders lacking that brutal, implacable resolve thing again.

  5. @Ironbear

    “…our leaders lacking that brutal, implacable resolve thing again.”

    The only thing our leaders have is the lust for evermore power over the peons. More and more power. It’s not even about money anymore. And they are despicable cowards.

    Sherman’s War is, as you state, the only option.

    I know which side has the guns and the guts. The progs are going to be sorry they EVER opened this can of worms. Because we are going to crush them. It’s the only way.

  6. But you have no chance of succeeding, Charlotte, until you are able to convince the Only Ones that they chose the wrong career. Your Betters stand behind their Blue Wall and laugh, for they know that their Thugs with Guns will do WHATEVER they are told, as long as that paycheck keeps comin’ in.

  7. @Charlotte

    I think that Trump may have the resolve.

    However, it’s become blindingly obvious that he’s handicapped by being saddled with the Republicans in Congress and the Senate, and hysterically opposed by the Dems and the neo-con globalists in the Derp State.

    Of course, as a populace, it’s apparent that we haven’t found the “brutal and implacable resolve” to do something about those elements of our own government yet, either, or it wouldn’t have gotten to this state. (And there’d have been politicians and bureaucrats hanging from every lamppost and utility pole long ago.)

    When or if* we do, it’s gonna get bloody, as you say.

    * I’m skeptical. I’ve noticed over the long course of my life that Americans seem to have a mind boggling propensity for accepting BS from our political class without saying, “Fuck this!” and just hanging them as a warning for the next batch.

  8. Mark Matis :
    But you have no chance of succeeding, Charlotte, until you are able to convince the Only Ones that they chose the wrong career. Your Betters stand behind their Blue Wall and laugh, for they know that their Thugs with Guns will do WHATEVER they are told, as long as that paycheck keeps comin’ in.

    Well over 100 million armed Americans and well over 500 million privately owned firearms, with who knows how much ammo.

    There’s not enough Only Ones in the U.S. and Europe combined to do the job if and when we ever do develop that brutal and implacable resolve.

  9. But if we attempt to organize, Irnobear, the Only Ones will infiltrate to incite and indict, and the NSA and FBI will capture every communication and pick us off one at a time. And that will continue right up until the Only Ones decide they chose the wrong career.

  10. @Mark Matis
    Are you familiar with the Militia of One concept? One media whore or bureaucrat picked off a month by just 3% of that 100 million adds up to unwillingness to screw with people very quickly.

  11. I am well aware of that concept. But I am also aware of the surveillance state that currently exists in this country. And I am aware of the fact that ANY of the “leaders” can be replaced by any random person off the street from ANY hive in this country, with no change in results.

    I say again: “Change gets FAR easier once you convince the Only Ones that they chose the wrong career.” Or do you still think that Mussolini got to do his “dance”, or the Ceausescus became “wall flowers” whilst their Only Ones were still standing in front of them???

  12. Mark Matis :
    But if we attempt to organize, Irnobear, the Only Ones will infiltrate to incite and indict, and the NSA and FBI will capture every communication and pick us off one at a time. And that will continue right up until the Only Ones decide they chose the wrong career.

    So don’t organize.

    Just act.

    And don’t get caught.

    Don’t use phones. Don’t use email. Don’t use twitter or instagram or “private” messaging.

    Just talk directly to those you absolutely trust. (And if you’re not sure, then don’t.)

    Don’t coordinate. Just do.

  13. Mark Matis :
    I say again: “Change gets FAR easier once you convince the Only Ones that they chose the wrong career.” Or do you still think that Mussolini got to do his “dance”, or the Ceausescus became “wall flowers” whilst their Only Ones were still standing in front of them???

    A weapon is a tool for making the enemy change his mind.

    Best be figuring out how to make the Only Ones change their minds, then, and you’re convinced that they’re the key element.

  14. Look up “One Shot Paddy” and then understand “his” targets. I believe you will find they were NOT the Elite. Of course, “Paddy” was usually using a semi-auto and leaving the casings around, which is not smart on this side of the pond. ESPECIALLY if you ever swore an oath the Constitution. Before you took that oath, you were fingerprinted. And you can bet that, even if the original was on paper, it has been digitized and added to the electronic database. Now maybe a .22 LR might not carry enough of a print to identify who handled it, but for anything larger…

  15. Whatever, Mark.

    I’ve said my piece. You’re either willfully or inherently obtuse regarding it, or merely being argumentative for the sake of argument. Which is cool, and can be enjoyable at times, but this ain’t a forum brawl and I ain’t got time nor patience for it.

    I’ll boil it down for you:

    I don’t give a flying fuck about “One Shot Paddy” and who his targets were or were not.

    I’m saying that if you want something to happen, then you, personally, act. And you, personally, do so without regard for coordination with others and without recourse to what you already know are compromised channels and tactics.

    Else you really aren’t interested in doing and you’re just making noise, and expecting someone else to do while you kibbutz. Jerking off in Mike’s comments.

    And I’ve known Mike Hendrix for enough years – hell, going on decades now – to know how how much he hates sticky floors in his comment fields. *grin*

    I ain’t gonna talk tactics and practicalities with you in a fucking comment string. For all I or anyone else knows, you could be an agent provocateur or FBI shill.

    So figure it the fuck out, or don’t. Do something or do not.

    Me, I haven’t decided that it is time for “do” yet.

    When and if I do, I for damn’ sure ain’t gonna announce it and detail it out in Mike’s comments. The Internet never forgets.

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