XUXAW Posted December 23, 2004 Share Posted December 23, 2004 "You are forbidden carrion, blood, and the flesh of swine; also any flesh dedicated to any other than God." - from the Koran With that said.... General Black Jack Pershing was born September 13th, 1860 near Laclede, MS. He died July 15th, 1948 in Washington D.C.. His life's highlights include: 1891: Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Nebraska 1898: Served in the Spanish American War. 1901: Awarded rank of Captain. 1906: Promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. 1909: Military Governor of Moro Province, Philippines. 1916: Made Major General 1919: Promoted to General of Armies 1921: Appointed Chief of Staff 1924: Retired from active duty Education West Point. Just before WWI, there were a number of terrorist attacks on the United States forces in the Philippines, by Muslim Extremists. So General Pershing captured 50 terrorists and had them tied to posts for execution. He then had his men bring in two pigs and slaughter them in front of the now horrified terrorists. Muslims detest pork because they believe that pigs are filthy animals. Some of them simply refuse to eat it, while others won't even touch pigs at all, nor any of their by-products. To them, eating or touching a pig, its meat, its blood, etc…, is to be barred from paradise (and those virgins) and doomed to hell. The soldiers then soaked their bullets in the pig's blood, and proceeded to execute 49 of the terrorists by firing squad. The soldiers then dug a hole, dumped in the terrorists' bodies and covered them in pig's blood, entrails, etc. They let the 50th man go. And for the next 42 years, there was not a single Muslim extremist attack anywhere in the world. Maybe it is time for this segment of history to repeat itself, maybe in Iraq? The question is: Where do we find another Black Jack Pershing? :cppl1 There is an ancient method of strategy that makes your disadvantages into advantages. If you are small, you are harder to spot. If your opponent is fanatical, take advantage of his limitations. Black Jack Pershing did exactly that. The opponent does not fear death so long as the afterlife is something to look forward to. Our enemy hates pork, everyone on our side loves a luau. There is such symmetry in the universe. I would also like to take the stance that Joseph Campbell takes in The Power of Myth that Hell is in the mind of the believer. So, regardless of the religious beliefs of General Pershing, the prisoners executed truly believed that they were to be denied paradise. They knew that the pigs' blood was authentic. They knew that they were to be soiled. And they knew that the last thing they touched at the end of this life was a bullet coated with pig's blood. They were going to spend the afterlife in the worst place possible. As Hell is in the mind of the believer, their last thoughts were those of misery. The 50th man, after releasing his own bowels, had a message for the rest of the extremists. The price for crossing America in battle will result in more than just their mortal lives. It will cost them their afterlife as well. Sun Tzu would most likely agree in the tactic of using an enemies strength against him. Whereas secular society is terrified by an opponent who thinks nothing of his mortal life, a zealot would be terrified at losing his chance of the afterlife. He would also agree that it is better to break the enemy's resistance without fighting. Plus, keeping your opponent terrified reduces the chances of a prolonged warfare - which would never benefit anyone. So, what's the price of 42 years of peace and life without terrorism? Two pigs and 49 bullets. :cppl1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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