Doug Smith: Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war

14 Nov

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Doug Smith: Author, historian and lead contributor to Free State Patriot


 And Caesar’s spirit, raging for revenge, With Ate by his side come hot from hell, Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war, That this foul deed shall smell above the earth With carrion men, groaning for burial.

Marcus Antonius

Julius Caesar Act 3, scene 1, 270–275


When faced with barbarous, murderous intent on the part its enemies, a civilization is left with 2 roles it can play in the great drama of life.

  1. The Victim

Maybe they will not hate us so much if we are nicer, if we don’t call them murderers, if we refuse to raise the sword or the shield.  Barbarians, whether they run Auschwitz, or immolate people, or behead prisoners, or make sex slaves of women and children, will follow a simple rule. “Age quod Agis”.  (Do what you do best)  Eventually they will get around to you.

  1. The Fighter

You don’t have to hate your enemy, or pity him, or love him. But you must kill him.  You must keep on killing him, until you kill all who intend to kill you, or break his will to kill you anymore. These are the bare bones realities of victory and defeat. If you are to be victorious over your enemy, you must defeat him or kill him. And he must KNOW he is defeated. In 1945, our enemies knew it.

Now there are those who formulate grand ideas of how it “should work” in campus coffee shops, or faculty lounges. These folks have never heard a bullet “Whiz” past their heads (sorry Hillary, fictional stories don’t count), or faced the reality of a determined enemy trying to kill them, personally. They do not believe you ever truly need to defeat an enemy. If you understand him, and help him understand you, he will cease to be an enemy. Or a barbarian.

They cling desperately to their faith that it should work, so it must.

History has shown that they are desperately wrong.

We left North Korea as a blight on the world stage in 1953. They have not played nice.  When the Russians invaded Hungary in 1956 we ignored their pleas for help and left them to the Gulags for 3 decades.  We abandoned Southeast Asia in 1975 and permitted the Killing Fields and the slaughter of millions.  In 2009 we began to announce and carry out an abandonment of the Middle East.

None of these choices worked out well. No matter how nice we are, the barbarians at the gate will still be barbarians. Barbarians will still rape, pillage, plunder, and murder.

No words or promises of ours can make them cease to be barbarians. But we can close the gate and push them away from it.  We can protect civilization and let the barbarians live in the savagery which they choose. We can decide the time for words has passed, and the time has come for the sword.

Sadly, some of our gatekeepers cease to see it as their duty to keep safe those behind the gates.

Now, it has been that said people fall into 3 categories.

Sheep, who will not defend themselves from danger, but simply huddle together, and leave the stragglers to their fate.

Wolves, who will attack the sheep and eat them at their leisure, happily feeding on the stragglers which the flock abandon.

And there are Sheepdogs.

They live and wander about quietly among the sheep. Sometimes herding them away from danger, watching all around them. And they kill wolves, or drive them off.

More often than not, for the past century, Sheepdogs have worn American flags.

So, cry Havoc! And let loose the Dogs of War.


With American Flags.

Who kill Wolves.

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