“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Romans got drawn into the Middle East. It didn't work out too well.

We had been told, on leaving our native soil, that we were going to defend the sacred rights conferred on us by so many of our citizens settled overseas, so many years of our presence, so many benefits brought by us to populations in need of our assistance and our civilization.

We were able to verify that all this was true, and, because it was true, we did not hesitate to shed our quota of blood, to sacrifice our youth and our hopes. We regretted nothing, but whereas we over here are inspired by this frame of mind, I am told that in Rome factions and conspiracies are rife, that treachery flourishes, and that many people in their uncertainty and confusion lend a ready ear to the dire temptations of relinquishment and vilify our action.

I cannot believe that all this is true and yet recent wars have shown how pernicious such a state of mind could be and to where it could lead.

Make haste to reassure me, I beg you, and tell me that our fellow-citizens understand us, support us and protect us as we ourselves are protecting the glory of the Empire.

If it should be otherwise, if we should have to leave our bleached bones on these desert sands in vain, then beware of the anger of the Legions!

Marcus Flavinius,
Centurion in the 2nd Cohort of the Augusta Legion,
to his cousin Tertullus in Rome

*** The Romans were engaged with the Persians (Iranians). 

2 comments:

  1. And what, pray tell, is our national interest in Syria? This whole thing is a sham! Wasting young American lives, and for what?

    Our benevolent dictator said he would draw a "red line", then he says he didn't draw a line; the international community drew a line. So sick of being lied to...

    And so here we are, ready for a "3 day" strike, and we have already lost the element of surprise...so what is there to target now? And don't get me started on this war hypocrite John Kerry.

    Sorry Harry...just needed to vent a bit. I'm tired of my country looking like a foolish amateur.--Troy

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  2. My thought is that Obama just wants to look Presidential. There isn't any immediate link between us and the Syrian civil war. Both sides in that war are inimical to us. Al Qaeda has essentially taken over the "rebels", and converted them to another offset of Sunni militants. Assad's regime is Iran's Proxy and Hezbollah's ally, which makes them proponents of Shiite expansionism. I personally don't care how much they rip each other. My other question is just what are we supposed to do? What is it that we can do from airborne or seaborne platforms that will make any real difference there? Like the Romans, we'll wind up sending in our troops while back in D.C. people jostle for power and connive at what advances their own agendas even at the expense of our own soldiers. I say we just wash our hands of it. If we have to fight the Iranians later on, so be it but at least we will have a definable mission.

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