The Past is Prologue.

Or, Peace Through Superior Firepower.

by Thomas Wictor

Thu, January 17, 2019

You probably heard that the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab attacked the Nairobi DusitD2 hotel complex in retaliation for President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Makes sense: Murder Kenyans in response to American diplomacy.

In reality al-Shabaab murders people because it wants to force the world to convert to Islam. But the attack was actually very poorly planned and executed. The press is giving you lots of misinformation. There were actually SIX terrorists, not five. The first terrorist to attack was a suicide bomber.

He’s likely the one who killed the most people.

Then five terrorists armed with assault rifles and hand grenades went in.

All Kenyan malls and resorts have Israeli security. These men are retired commandos. Here is an Israeli leading a woman to safety. He appears to have blood spatter on his shirt, which would indicate that he shot someone at close range, probably in the head.

In the next image, the Israeli is on the far left, and a British SAS trooper—a special-forces operative—is on the right, rescuing another woman. The bald white man is almost certainly an American. Since he’s armed with a pistol in his right hand, he may be FBI or State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The Kenyans asked for help; there were plainclothes Indian security men as well.

The press is in love with Islamist terrorists, so this attack is being held up as an example of jihadist prowess. From my perspective, the terrorists did not do anywhere near as much damage as they could have. I’ve seen photos of unexploded hand grenades on the ground, which means that the terrorists were killed before they could pull the pin and throw. Some reports say that US Navy Seal Team Three was involved. There’s no way of knowing.

According to the British, the SAS trooper is a “long-serving” member. The uncensored images show a man in his late forties or fifties.

The only way to defeat Islamist terrorism is to make terrorist attacks too costly. That involves killing not just the cannon fodder but also the ones who finance, arm, and train the cannon fodder.

All we need to do is to look at the Swiss.

When World War One began, the combatants and the neutral powers all had the same weapons: rifles, a few machine guns, and artillery. Germans being Germans, they invented modern warfare. By the end of World War One, the Germans had every single weapon that today’s armies have.

Norway, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Switzerland stayed out of World War One, but they copied the combatants by adopting all the new weapons one by one. But a funny thing happened: After the war, most of the neutral powers junked their weapons as immoral. They also reduced the size of their armies.

The only neutral power that continued building up its armed forces was Switzerland. Sweden later followed suit, but only after a few years of insane pacifism.

Switzerland didn’t kid around. This is the Swiss soldier in 1914, at the beginning of World War One.

And this is a Swiss trench raider in 1918, at the end of the war.

He wears a field-gray uniform, a steel helmet, and a bandolier that carries twelve hand grenades. And he has a trench dagger next to his belt buckle. The Swiss carried out raids into France to steal weapons for study. Within a few years after World War One, the Swiss had manufactured their own mortars, light machine guns, flamethrowers, antitank guns, antiaircraft guns—massively powerful weapons. Every Swiss male trains as a soldier, and he can be called up at any age.

Albrecht Moser won the annual Swiss military marathon—27 miles—for 50 years in a row.

The Swiss became so good at building weapons that we bought some of them. A great example is the Oerlikon antiaircraft cannon.

Nobody messes with the Swiss because it would be too costly. Don’t kid yourself: Conquerors would love to get their hands on Swiss timber, hydroelectric resources, manufacturing, and finances. AND conquerors don’t allow islands of freedom in the middle of their empires. The Swiss have made themselves too dangerous to attack. Hitler didn’t even bomb Switzerland, which he could have done. But Hitler rolled right over those neutral countries that had unilaterally disarmed out of a sense of morality.

What, exactly, is moral about giving free rein to mass murderers?

About the author
Thomas Wictor was born in Caripito, Venezuela, and has lived in Texas, the Netherlands, Norway, Great Britain, Oregon, Japan, and California. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Lewis and Clark College and has worked as a stevedore, library archivist, conversational English teacher, editor of the world's first online newspaper, voiceover actor, delivery driver, process server, field representative for a document-retrieval service, and music journalist.


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