Monday, November 28, 2016
In other news, The green party and other activists have thrown in the towel. They all realize that the people have spoken... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Trump won you lost! Deal with it!
Its time for the left to stop their rioting and caterwulting and get over it! ITS OVER! 8 YEARS OF OBUMMER IS ENOUGH! MOVE ON!!!
For a ten year old boy, this must be a hard moment. He's up late, tired, he's overwhelmed by cameras from every nation flashing at him and broadcasting his image to everyone in the world. Of course he's going to be awkward and dozy, of course he's gonna look strange. My six year old can dish it out but then there are times he'll doze and we gotta take him up to his room to sleep.
Well it turns out the exposure has had an unlikely and not to mention repugnant side of it. As a father watching Barron on stage, I couldn't help but feel good for him as well as sorry for him. If it were my son, I'd be laughing and say, HEY! BARRON! WAKE UP! YOU WANNA GO TO SLEEP? Heh! But not everyone was laughing with us. They were laughing at him and took the time to bully him.
On YouTube, liberals the world over ridiculed Barron and on the comments teased him and made inappropriate comments. These are the same liberals who demand tolerance and scream for equality, social justice, blah! blah! blah! They also claim to be against bullying but find nothing wrong with bullying the son of our new president.
Following this unAmerican and unChristian spectacle, liberal viewers of YouTube then began to make allegations that Barron was showing signs of autistic spectrum syndrome and Asperger's syndrome. The banner was then taken up by California's fattest and most nasty evil Communist, Jabba the Hutt OOPS! I mean, Rosie O'donnell.
O'donnell who has a daughter with autism immediately rushed on twitter to claim that Barron had autism and that one of the reason he was retarded with autism was that he was being bullied online. One of the diagnostic traits for autistic spectral disorders is "failure to socialize with peers." This according to the bible of communist psychiatry, the DSM. In other words, if kids in school bully or tease your child, he is to blame and he is a retard.
Not only this, Barron's posture and dozy expression is now being used to diagnose him as being autistic. Even though none of the people making these claims hold any degrees or licensed professionals or anything it shows how dangerous psychiatry is and how disrespectful the left has become.
Amazing! In other time and place no one would sound alarm or take notice but now on youtube its all "GASP!! He's anti Social! He's a retard! We need to get him help![lock him up and take his estate]
Since last weekend as of the time of the publishing of this article, there have been thousands of videos attacking Barron as being autistic and mentally retarded all because of this brief window into the life of a son of the future president in an election. This at a time when he's exhausted and tired, there's pressure on him yet they omit this and proceed to attack him at all angles. Condemning him.
Again, these people are not licensed so called professionals but many of these quacks have been known to use these things even during times of crisis, distress and exhaustion. The consequences are devastating....
A diagnosis of Asperger's or any autistic disorder is considered criteria for declarations of mental incompetence, instances where people have been stripped of dignity, stripped of assets, property and rights and often incarcerated in institutions. others are simply thrown out on the streets. All the while, the government is saying its helping them and that they have to be patient while they wait for them to do something about the problems.
The whole purpose I believe is an attack on Trump's prodigy. They want to end his bloodline. They want to brand Barron and perhaps his siblings as retards with Asperger's all because they don't like his father.Then they can seize his assets when he grows up and lock him up like they do to so many innocent people who live normal lives and have it all taken away all because of the word of abusive relatives and some liberal doctor!!
Not only this they can destroy his mind and body with psychotropic meds that will leave him helpless. Drugs that can cause him to age to dust overnight, make him diabetic, impotent, brain damaged, truly disabled...
Friend, realize that there is no such thing as Asperger's syndrome. Realize that there is no such thing as autistic spectrum disorder and that psychiatry is a liberal farce. The true reason is to seize your property and slowly kill you. It is nothing but a scheme to promote eugenics and socialism.
The liberal media again shows their hatred, their wickedness, their bias, their hatred for decency. The liberals among us also show their intolerance, contempt and their fascism.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
On November 25th, 2016 after ruling over the poor people of Cuba for 57 years, Fidel Castro, AKA El Jaffe, El Commandant and the butcher died and entered eternity Godless and Christless as he lived and reigned.
Born in the hamlet of Biran in 1926 to a hardworking Spanish farmer Angel Castro y Argiz, Castro was the illegitimate offspring by Angel and a cook, Lina Ruz Gonzales. Angel served as a soldier in the Spanish American war in Cuba and at wars end returned where he worked hard and eventually became a humble but successful landowner who did business with United Fruit Company.
Castro prospered and was eventually able to buy and lease a total of 11,000 hectares of land which yielded pine wood, livestock, and sugarcane. Although he was hard working and thrifty, he was not a moral man. He had many out of wedlock children including Fidel and Raul.
Compared to most children in Cuba, Fidel was a privleged child. He was able to attend boarding school in Santiago but was expelled for misbehavior and sent to a strict Jesuit school instead. Fidel and his brother were unruly and were poor academics. Nonetheless with help from his father he entered law school in Havana Cuba where he was described as politically illiterate.
Castro was mostly involved in sports, student activism and gansterismo culture, he was known to be connected to street gangs in Havana and carried out beatings even assassinations against students who opposed his left wing views. His main interests in school were Geography, history and debating. In 1947, Castro joined the Far left Party of the Cuban People Party under Chibas.
Castro was opposed to the ruling dictator of Cuba, Juan Batista who like Castro was a socialist though not as far to the left as Castro. Castro attempted a coup with the help of street gangs but failed to do so. Batista himself had paid violent gangs to fight his opponents and under threat Castro fled to the US where he started a revolutionary movement against the American backed Batista government.
Throughout the 1950s, Castro lead a revolutionary reign of terror throughout the island of Cuba. Although many of his victims were themselves cruel evil tyrants such as the Alcalde of La Plata, many of Castro's victims were innocent peasants accused of counter revolutionary activities and many of Castro's guerilla attacks decimated communities. Were it not for the barbarism and tyranny of Batista and his waning popularity Castro's revolution would not have succeeded.
On new years day 1959, Castro seized the Island nation. He ordered his men to carry out widespread vandalism and looting in the streets of Havana and other major cities and purged several prominent judges and politicians including his supporters. His first task as Premier and dictator was to purge the island of anyone suspected of counter revolutionary thought.
He next task, nationalize land and tourism and the banks. and seize the assets of foreign land owners and the wealthy. The land reforms of Castro were similar to that of Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe, limits were set on land ownership and could be seized at anytime, ownership was transferred to peasants who were inexperienced in farming and economics and the Island soon suffered poverty and food shortages that were only stifled by aid from the soviet union.
America had an enemy country only 90 miles from its shores off Florida coast. His most notorious act besides butchering his own people was to build with help from the USSR, nuclear ballistic missiles that could strike America without warning. President John F Kennedy countered with a blockade an airstrikes on constructed missile sites. The situation lead to a stand off against the US and USSR that almost escalated into World war 3! Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev backed down before things got out of hand. He agreed to pull missiles out in exchange for our removing missiles from Turkey.
After the crisis, Castro focused on fomenting communist revolution in the third world especially in Africa. This lead to the overthrow of the colonial government of Angola in 1975 and a civil war that engulfed the country between the Cuban backed communist MPLA, American backed nationalist FNLA and the popular left of center party UNITA which was backed by the US as well as South Africa.
The war lasted well into the 80s. America refused to intervene due to fatigue from the Vietnam war and instead backed South Africa's military to intervene in the nation. South Africa fought its own war as well in Numidia which was attempting to break away from South Africa. Castro's attempt to intervene failed miserably. The Cuban military was defeated time and again by South Africa forces. Many of his Generals were executed or defected to the US in fear of being executed.
In the later years and following the collapse of communism, Cuba's economy was left in shreds. Many of the people there fled the nation to America in fragile rafts through shark infested waters, this despite Cuba having universal healthcare, high literacy, guarantees of free food, free housing and other perks and despite America not having those free giveaways. This is how bad things were in the nation Cuba.
Castro's solution to patch things up and prevent being overthrown was to raise the minimum wage and pensions and to execute dissidents and those suspected of being opposed to him. In the end Castro was forced to step down due to failing health. Castro delegated responsibilities to his brother Raoul who is destined to succeed him.
Celebrity status among liberals
Despite being one of the 20th centuries biggest mass murderers, Castro is supported throughout the world by the far left and liberals everywhere especially in the European Union and in Hollywood. Among the more infamous stars who embraced and supported dictator Castro were Hollywood film producer Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Harry Belafonte, Leonardo DiCaprio and more notorious, Sean Penn who himself has lavished praise on Castro and has mourned his death.
This Thanksgiving weekend, the liberal mainstream media has another reason to cry and blubber this after the election of Donald J Trump, the loss of one of their most beloved world leaders. No sooner had Castro died and was dragged to hell by Satan and his imps that the liberal media began to interrupt regular programing just to announce his death and whine and wail. The special bulletin not only interrupted basic corporate news but even networks like Nickelodeon interrupted their programing to announce the death of Castro.
The news reports seen throughout the media since his death have said nothing about the misery and hardship he brought to his own people, have said nothing about the evil he did, about the lives lost and the destructive nature of communism. The only negative aspect if any portrayed was the Cuban missile crisis and that is largely seen as being mostly America's fault.
The liberal media no longer hides its liberalism ever since Donald J Trump became the primary candidate and eventually the president, they continue to shamelessly bare their liberalism before the American public with their disgusting. EVEN IN SPORTS IN THE NFL OF ALL PLACES YOU CAN SEE THE LIBERALISM SHINE! THAT'S RIGHT! San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick wore a t-shirt praising Castro's education investment. He fails to note however that schools in Cuba are run like a cross between military drill camps in the German SS and the agogae in Sparta.
Children are forced to attend school from 7AM to 5PM and are saddled with tons of homework. They are kept hungry most of the day until a meager lunch is served where they are told that Castro made this possible. The schools like our own emphasize indoctrination and obedience rather than academics which is all for show than blow. Although Cuba does boast high literacy ratings, most of the population are limited in their knowledge of the outside world.
Our own population thanks to our own version of the communist dumbing down indoctrination called public schooling also has had a similar effect as we see! Many younger Americans even those of Cuban ancestry do not view Castro as the vicious tyrant as he was but ignore the truth about his activities. Castro is viewed as a generous kind hearted old man and his opponents fascist traitors worthy of death. Even the nickelodeon network wont educate the children on the dark side of Castro only going so far as the Cuban Missile crisis or his intervention in Angola's civil war.
So ends the life of one of the last of the commie despots! Castro thought that there was no God and that there would be no consequence in the end of his life for his actions. Castro now realizes too late that Jesus is lord and that we all must answer for every word and deed we have committed. Even every thought. Castro thought he would get away with murder, he was wrong and the devil now has a new fireman. He'll no doubt be wailing and gnashing his teeth along with other socialists, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Hugo and his predeceasor Batista! And don't forget about Che Guevera and those Cubans who served along side him. The good news its not too late to repent of your sins and serve Jesus Christ. Make him lord of your life and you wont ever have to burn in the lake of fire with Fidel Castro and his crew. You can spend eternity in heaven.
FIDEL CASTRO RIGHT NOW IS WISHING HE DID....
HEAVEN OR HELL! THE CHOICE IS YOURS FRIEND? WHAT DECISION WILL YOU MAKE FOR ALL ETERNITY?
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
This I learned from one of my colleagues in Manchester who was bitten by a bat who might have been rabid. The cost of the rabies shots totaled around ten thousand dollars!! That was half her life savings! Great job Democrats and Obama!
As it turns out, Democrats and liberals really don't care about the sick in America. All this talk about free healthcare for sick people is nothing but a farce to make America a communist dictatorship. It never ever really has worked.
Consider the many scores of thousands of Americans who are insured under Obama yet still owe thousands in medical bills and debts that now mar their credit reports.
Consider also the thousands who die here and in Europe because of Universal healthcare and the rationing that comes with it. Elderly and disabled who are left to die because they'd rather spend their resources on muslim refugee terrorists and lazy bums who vote liberal again and again.
Consider the millions of unborn babies murdered because they would or might be born with disabilities!! Nazi Germany anyone?!
Consider the millions of Americans who lost their jobs because they're employers could not afford to stay in business while paying for their employee's insurance. Consider also the millions of Americans who are homeless thanks to Obamacare. WELL AT LEAST THEY'RE INSURED
8 years of Obama, 8 years of ruination. America is now becoming more of a communist bloc than a free society.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The news media has an agenda, they no longer hide their left wing bias. They plan the overthrow of our elected president Trump and plan the replacement of a communist dictatorship. They have deliberately fomented riots and want a state of emergency so they can stop the innaguration. Obama also wants this to happen as well to give himself either a third term in office or force america to accept Hillary Clinton as dictator.
America rise up and stand against the corporate bolshevik new establishment! Demand accountable journalism now!!
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
A few days ago I wrote of Seattle caving in to the demands of The leftist bums at Share and their boss scott Morrow. Well they got what they wanted... Our money. Yes folks they get federal funding as well as state funding so those of us outside Washington also gotta pay up jack!
Already we see how that money is being paid for, discrimination against the disabled, filthy nasty tent cities full of rapists, criminals and insane being used by mental health, Bureau of Prisons and others as dumping grounds for disabled, elderly and parlolees including sex offenders as well as funding riots in the middle of what were once peaceful quiet communities!!!
The people of Seattle are already reaping the whirlwind folks! YES! Not only that, the indoor shelters have become pivots of barbarism and uncivilized behavior. Case in point, Bethany Lutheran shelter.
Located in the quiet neighborhood of Green Lake in Northern Seattle of I-5 in a serene middle class neighborhood, Bethany Lutheran since 2010 has been a men's shelter and booze establishment for the cities homeless as part of the SHARE Wheel scheme.
After reopening its indoor shelters 2 weeks ago, Share bums have already started reverting to their usual behaviors of wanton destruction and anti-social disorder. One of these disorders took place last Tuesday on the first of the month, the day the bums get their SSI checks for doing nothing but starting trouble.
Not only does it involve the usual cast of bums, it also involves the communist Women in black movement and the black lives matter movement and one of its members who happens to be Bethany Lutheran's EC or elected Coordinator, the man the bums at the shelter elect to run the place! yeah! Black Lives DO MATTER!
Here's what happened. The Bethany Lutheran church at Green lake half the people involved were extremely drunk and extremely violent. The shelter has 20 guests and is run by an elected Coordinator called an EC and his assistant an AC or Assitant coordinator. More than half the shelter at the time of the incident were black and unfortunately most of them white and black, drunk and on the verge of violence...
All it took was one spark to set the whole thing off. This happened in the form of a racist hick who showed up to Bethany Lutheran Drunk and telling racist jokes about Obama and Hillary Clinton. The AC who along with the EC being drunk took the a chair in the kitchen area and smashed it against the head of the hick. Afterwards another member yelled "hey Bro! Don't do that! We'll get in trouble!" The AC assumed he called him boy in stead of Bro and grabbed a laptop computer that was being used by another guest and used to smash his face in. The lap top owner in turn attacked the AC.
Soon the entire shelter escalated into a drunken bar brawl. The kitchen suffered extensive damage as did the dorm area. The ones not involved fled the shelter into the street. One of the brawlers pulled the fire alarm which set off the sprinklers and summoned fire and police at the area.
When the sprinklers were set off many of the criminals fled but Police arrested several people including the AC and EC. Bethany Shelter were closed and remained closed for almost two weeks until just before Veterans day. Two days after it was closed then there were protests in the Green lake area involving women in black and Black lives matter who allege that the incident was started by white supremacists. All false.
The protests which lasted two days involved blocking Ravena Blvd and Woodland and Latona and also protests across from the church. There was also an incident where a black man smashed the windshield of a police car while intoxicated. The man was arrested but police did not arrest the people who blocked the roads. The road blocks were removed by force however. The situation died down and Scott Morrow assured SHARE and WIB that Bethany would reopen under new staff and guests after a meeting with church staff.
Allegations of racism are false. In truth there were only 5 white people there, 12 blacks and three hispanics. Although the AC EC and two others were permanently barred from Share, none were charged. According to the former AC, the incident was started by the whites who were supporting Trump. In addition to the above mentioned protest there were several days Where anti-trump demonstrators from BLM and WIB showed up and called for Trump's impeachment. These protests were peaceful and according to SPD without incident
It turns out that this is nothing new at all folks. Such incidents like brawls, arson, rape and wanton violence and mayhem are very very very common in Share. And thanks to the Seattle city council caving in and thanks to the left they will continue to use local and federal taxes to live off us being drunk and violent...
Hope yer happy Seattle! Your taxes at hard work! Remember! Black lives matter or else!!!!
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Speech:My Brothers! Soon, you will have your fight! You will have to kill other human beings! When that moment comes, when you must kill or be killed remember my words, you are not only fighting to defend Vienna but to defend your faith and your traditions! You are defending your wives & children, your sisters, your brothers, your mothers and fathers because if Vienna falls, Rome will fall! And if Rome falls, Holy mother church will fall! Defend your faith! So that your children may be free to worship God! Free to love Christ! Free! because you have fought on this day!
REPEAT AFTER ME! I believe, I believe with all my heart!
Saturday, November 12, 2016
We thought of naming him after Donald Trump but The wife had wanted to name our son after her uncle who passed away two years ago. We named our son, Sean Donald Ball. Sean came into the world on Wednesday morning at 8 lbs one ounce. We say 8 lbs and an ounce of love...
So we'll be coming and going and probably wont be seen very often as not but hey! That's life! I have one and now that Trump is in charge there's no reason to worry and I can leave my blog more often to focus on work and the family.
Thank you and God bless to all of you who supported us and voted for Trump!
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The media is trying its darndest to hide the fact that they have failed to take over america with help from Islam and Mexico! HA! HA! HA! HA!
Hillary thinks its great that in America a man who shoots a home invader in self defense is of less moral ground than the robber/rapist who barged into his house, that in America, anyone can have their constitutional freedoms from owning a bank account to owning a handgun terminated at the whim of a psychiatrist for any reason, that in America, illegal aliens can come in freely, steal our jobs and form violent gangs while police can arrest and incarcerate someone for preaching the gospel on a street corner or waving a sign expressing a political belief whether or not its popualar.
Hillary Clinton, when she comes to power has no desire to make America better. As she said she already thinks America is great so there's no reason to create jobs, improve the quality of life or make necessary reforms that are badly needed especially on the federal level. She will do absolutely nothing about the problems confronting America since, uh... well... "Well we've always been great what's the point!?"
Starting January 21st Hillary's agenda will be to transform America's demographics and economy through more socialism and immigration, changing the paradigm of America and transforming the American landscape to make it less white, less Christian and most important less free. For starters she plans to target her opponents and any book, website, news group or blog that opposed her or her agenda for deletion and destruction...
Blog burning and the deletion of websites along with the smearing of opponents isn't anything new in the Democrat's sleeve these days. Barack Obama even before his election targeted youtube videos and blogs for deletion and destruction on the grounds that they were racist. Racism being defined as any blog or website owned by a white man that criticized or even made a joke about Obama.
The Clinton crime machine however has an even longer history of doing worse and will no doubt take this to the next level. Be sure to download your favorite blogs and your favorite websites critical of the Clintons or Democrats as they will be disappearing fast.
Hillary has already made open calls to destroy popular blogs such as Brietbart.com and Frontpage magazine. Instead of condemning her for censorship, the left lauded her. In fact many have made further calls for others to be banned such as Rush Limbaugh and Mark Dice.
The first year of the Hillary presidency will be about turning America into a third world zoo, a banana republic where whites and those who support freedom are no longer the majority, where there are no longer any guarantees of constitutional liberty and where the innocent are kept down over the guilty and the have not.
This is a warning to all US citizens. Do not loiter in major cities after elections due to the dangers of riots by liberals and bum Democrats. The Black Lives matter Movement along with Anarchists, marxists and other liberal scum are expected to riot in the event of a Donald Trump victory. Major cities will burn to the ground especially those with high levels of crime and Democrat voters IE: New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Baltimore, Philly, Providence, Boston Et Al
In the event of (God forbid)a Hillary Clinton victory, criminal elements all over the nation will be given a leg up and a leap of faith to commit wanton crime and destruction all over the nation. The Clinton's and their supporters are all opponents of victim's rights and supporters of criminals who make up a large number of the Democratic voting base.
Expect crime to surge in the unfortunate event that Hillary is named General secretary of the USSA for at least a year.
In addition, expect Democratic operatives and hate groups such as the Black Panthers, Anti-racist action, Red Brigade and other left wing and brown nationalist groups to intimidate voters and to block access to polls. Report all incidents to the police and record them and upload them on social media.
We urge you to follow these steps to ensure a safe election day and ensure safe voting.
- Do not wear any clothing supportiing Donald Trump in any major city or area where the Democrats make up at least 75% of the voting bloc
- Do not place trump stickers on property in Democrat area
- Do not loiter in areas with large minority popualations
- do not loiter in major cities the day after elections
- carry a gun or any weapon at all times
- be sure to carry a camera and record police negligence, anti-social behavior
- Also record riots and voting intimidation and fraud and flag desecration
- Report all instances of fraud at the polls
- Inform the police of all criminal activity by Hillary and Bernie Sanders supporters
This should not be interpreted as a call to show weakness in the face of the enemy nor give way any inch of ground to America's enemies. We should all unite and stand firm against the Left wing scum that have ruined our nation for the last 50 years. Stand firm in defense of our constitutional liberties and in the defense of America's greatness
Monday, November 7, 2016
The liberal media continues to lie on behalf of lazy bum teachers in the Massachusetts schools. The schools that have let down our children for decades and have made them into brainwashed zombies, underachieving socialists and have destroyed their desire to make any accomplishment, destroyed their self esteem and have made them into automatrons who believe what the media, pop culture and government says without question
The biggest lie fed to the public is that question 2 would take money out of public schools and make them fail more. This is a lie...
FACT: The funding of schools in Massachusetts is based on pupil ratios. Schools receive funding based on the number of pupils attending. If your school gets more students, you get more money and you get even more money in your paycheck if you're a teacher.
If less students are in your school, if they're pulling out of there and going elsewhere because you can't cut the mustard then that's your damn fault. Too many schools in Massachusetts are failing, too many students getting no education, many can't even read and write!! Even if this ballot question fails to pass it wont stop parents from moving elsewhere to get their kid a better educate and avoid having them taken by the state and medicated into becoming zombies.
Prop 2 would provide and incentive for schools to perform better by doing a better job in making sure our kids are safe and are actually learning! If Prop 2 passes, public schools will be forced to reform, forced to fire bad teachers and faculty, forced to change the way they do things and actually give a darn about teaching kids! If they don't want to lose their funding, stop screwing around! DO BETTER!!!
It is highly unlikely however that it will pass. Polls show the majority of Mass residents oppose question 2. It shows how uneducated and mindless the left and its supporters are, lacking basic critical thinking skills and showing ignorance and stupidity on every level. Our Constitutional republic cannot survive if the majority of citizens lack basic critical thinking and knowledge that the liberals in Mass as well as elsewhere certainly do not have. We no doubt have the public schools to thank...
Don't take my word for it folks! Even outside the state the teacher bums and the pinko unions have gotten help! Teacher bums as far away as DC and California have been busy and active
fighting to stop parents from choosing where to send their kids to school. The following is an email I got from a teacher in New Hampshire named Mrs Grant. Her email she use is email@example.com
My name is Mrs Grant. I work for the school districts and common good of the state of New Hampshire. that is all I will tell you about myself. I have no intention of telling you which school I work at, my full name, what subject I teach ETC. since I know you'll just post it on your stupid little right wing blog and then try to smear me or some sort of character assassination like you seem to enjoy doing with a lot of people you do not agree with.
First off, you and Donald Trump can both go to hell. Donald Trump represents everything wrong with America as do most of you republicans. The sort of rednecks, bumpkins, terrorists, Nazis, nuts, freaks and mentally ill who read your blog and vote for Trump or some other candidate who wants to run us into the ground and make us a world wide laughing stock.
That said, your support of question 2 and your constant attack on the public school system are an outrage! The reason our kids are failing is because of right wing lunatics like you preaching hatred of everything connected to government! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!? Without the government we'd all be worse than they are in the third world you hate so much! The government and the taxes we pay are what make civilization possible! Its making our lives easy, more comfortable and easy to work in, we have technology and science and now were losing these things because you believe in some obsolete ideology by a bunch of dead people!
I have a student who's parents are nuts and weirdos just like you Brian. They're republicans, they're free staters I think, they can't afford to home school their kids so they send them to our school while demanding they not have to pay any taxes like the rest of us proudly do and yet support endless wars and send their kids to school. These parents like you object to teaching evolution and object to our teaching that other cultures in other countries should be viewed equally with the same respect as our own.
They also object to our teaching that homosexuals are just like everyone else but different and constantly demand that we bring back prayers and have kids read the bible in school! Hello! Anders Brevik and Timothy McVeigh were bible worshipers too! If they don't want to pay taxes, don't want to live in a civilization that expects everyone to contribute what they are able to, they should move to Mexico!
I want to also tell you that yes, I believe like my colleagues that 9/11 is mostly America's fault and that we brought it on ourselves. Yes! You can call me a communist, a traitor, whatever all you want brian. But face it its true!
America is a racist country and a big bully! We send money to third world dictatorships that murder their own people so wall street can do business there without any strings attached, we support the state of Israel, a nazi state that has murdered more innocent men women and children than Hitler and Germany did in world war 2.
Before you say that I am a Nazi and hate Jews let me tell you how I know about Israel! I have a student from Israel who is wonderful and her parents are wonderful people. they are Jewish. They left Israel because they were sick and tired of the violence committed by the Israeli government there, sick of the war crimes committed against the native Arab people there. She used to have an Arab friend she played with. A nice person a nice family, then one day her oldest brother was arrested on unproven claims that he threw rocks at an Israeli policeman there.
There was no proof of guilt and they put him in prison without any kind of fair hearing. In retaliation for this supposed incident, the Israeli military bulldozed their home and drove them out with nothing but the clothes on their backs! That is barbaric and criminal and yet we are forced to pay them our taxes to continue these unjust and barbaric war crimes against the innocent palestinian people!
Our support for Israel and our support for dictatorships and the war machine brought about this! It is mostly the fault of Bush, the right wing and the fascists!
The letter goes on and on blaming America for everything the terrorists have done to us. One wonders if maybe Mrs. Grant is a Muslim or is married to a Muslim immigrant? Whatever the case be proud that our taxes go to pay for these bums to teach our children to hate America, Hate Israel and love the jihadists in Isis.
UNLESS QUESTION 2 PASSES THE MONEY WILL GO TO MORE OF THEM
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
But not according to liberal historians. According to the far left these patriots were NOT protesting against unjust taxes but were protesting a TAX CUT. That's right! You heard that correctly, the revolutionary war, the tea party, ETC. were because those capitalist stooges in Britain voted to cut every one's taxes rather than spread the wealth around for the greater good.
AND DON'T FORGET TO THINK OF THE CHILDREN!! CHILDREN! CHILDREN! CHILDREN! CHILDREN!
The founding fathers evidently weren't very much those old white slave owning liberty loving capitalist dogs the liberals make them out to be. They were commie pinkos who wanted to take things away from you for the greater good.
This is history to a liberal...
But let us go back to the real world. What really did happen. What is it that the leftists leave out?
Well to start with what happened was it was NOT a tax cut that parliament voted for. More of a tax shift. This is by the way a very cunning tactic used by liberals in many places when trying to pacify blue collar and other Democrats who worry about heavy tax burdens effecting the economy and their standard of living. In Maine where I am originally from, Governor Baldaci The Bolshevik tyrant that has run our state to the ground for a decade used this tactic frequently. He would cut Income taxes while raising sales taxes and other taxes or at times tax cut here and tax hike elsewhere. The leftist media would then cover it up act like there was no shift while making ad hominem attacks on capitalists who opposed it.
Barack Obama has done the same thing. His economic plan to raise taxes while letting Bush's teeny tiny tax cuts expire is called a tax cut for middle class families. In reality no one's taxes are being cut. They are in fact being raised and the big companies WILL pass the buck to those of us the consumers.
The same tactic was used to attack Bush when he attempted his tax cuts. In reality what happened was Democrat legislatures in state and city levels hiked taxes cancelling out Bush's tax cuts. Only Middle American states with low taxes and smaller governments enjoyed any prosperity during the last decade. Sadly, the liberal dominated media turned THAT around and covered THAT up.
But getting back on topic, British parliament Did exactly that. Tax shift. NOT Tax cut. You see it all started when a gigantic conglomerate called The British East India company reported that its revenues and profits were in deep decline. This primarily due to competition from smaller shipping companies. The company riled up parliament with fears of economic hardships if it did not do anything to help.
Well, just like big companies in our time, the British East India Company HAD bought off much of Parliament. Not to mention, the house of lords. So that along with cries of the sky is falling helped make it possible for Parliament to pass the Tea act which GAVE The British East India company a special exemption on tariffs and duties for shipping. Not only that, a tax cut.
This act for all intensive purposes was a precursor to a favorite pass time of liberals called corporate welfare as well as Keynsianism.
According to Supporters, it would drive down costs of tea all while discouraging smugglers. Just like how stealing 800 billion from overburdened taxpayers was supposed to be helpful to OUR economy. Both were lies.
In reality, the tea act was harmful to local shipping companies which were NOT exempt from these fees and taxes and faced bankruptcy. In those days Bankruptcy also usually meant imprisonment for many years in a debtors prison or forced service in The army or Navy. The price of tea meanwhile remained the same all while The British East India company wallowed in cash.
At the same time Parliament dramatically increased policing of smuggling and forbade colonists to buy any other tea except from the British East India Company. Overall, the result was an ACTUAL TAX INCREASE on the most basic of items of some 50-60%. So, no, it really wasn't a tax cut that the colonists were protesting. More over it was the opposite. That and corporate welfare.
TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION IS TYRANNY!
These words were uttered by our forefathers more than 2 centuries ago first by the reverend Jonathan Mayhew then by Patrick Henry and James Otis. These were words that were the spark for revolution against an unjust ungodly and tyrannical government thousands of miles away that imposed the will of a tiny aristocratic oligarchy who ruled without consent of the governed.
To Liberal socialist Democrats, especially the royal aristocratic elite in congress and the Senate those words are considered the uttering of right wing nuts and racists. The ideas of individualism, free speech, economic liberty freedom of religion the right to bear arms ETC. these are all abhorred by liberal democrats whose stranglehold of power is kept enforced by a population of sloths, addicts, and those who view wealth and prosperity as a form of theft and liberty and freedom a form of white supremacy and racism.
Today the tyrannical government our forefathers fought against lies not thousands of miles and a continent away but on our own shores in Washington and in our state capitols and city halls. A government that takes away the fruits of our blood sweat and tears and gives it away to sloths, drug addicts, felons and corporate cheats just to name a few. Along with government employees who make millions with the backing of unionist thugs and blackmailers. Our government punishes success and initiative and targets the innocent while giving mercy and compassion to the under serving who if pampered will continue to be a cancerous growth to our nation.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Sadly, tent city funding will continue. The tent cities are dangerous, overcrowded and the people in charge are not responsible or professional. It is feared that they will become dumping grounds for societies most vulnerable people such as the mentally and physically handicapped, the elderly and families with children. The discretionary rule which allows Share to discriminate against the disabled and against those they dislike also remains.
According to an infiltration operative loyal with Mainestategop who stayed at TC-6 At the Admin Building and TC-5 in Interbay near Ballard since February 2016, the State of Washington has already begun using the tent cities as dumping grounds for discharged patients and paroled felons since August. One of these unfortunates is a man who is called 86 because he suffers from Borderline intellectual functioning syndrome and has an IQ of 86. His real name is not known.
86 is 28 years old, had lived with his mother in Spokane and who died and is a ward of the state of Washington. He was originally ward of his mother but when she died the state took over. He was incarcerated at Eastern state hospital then dumped in Tent city 5. It is not known what the guardian appelate did to his house and belongings but it is assumed they were all liquidated. When 86 arrived at TC-5 he had only a backpack with clothing, another backpack which had a few objects such as a checkers board, Jigsaw puzzle and backgammon board, a bible, a portrait of his mother, a few children's books and his stuffed bunny rabbit named Fuzzy muffin. 86 was in a deteriorated and sorry state when he arrived.
86 was not liked by the tenants of TC-5 because of his behavior and disability and was ostracized. He often cried at night and had trouble adjusting. He also complains of the cold and has been attacked by Tent city residents twice, a man and a woman. Both of them were evicted from the tent city. The residents voted to evict him on several occasions but Scott Morrow forbade it since his guardian forced them to let him stay under threat of a suit and that they would not receive fundin.
An unfortunate incident happened at TC-5 when volunteers from Shoreline Unitarian church served lunch to its residents. a TC-5 member stole Fuzzy Muffin from 86, ripped its off his head and put ketchup on it claiming he did so because he was annoyed by funny clicking sounds he made with his teeth and tongue and because he hated the disabled. 86 freaked out and the incident outraged campers even those who hated 86 which lead to a large scale fighting and rioting that spilled over into the street and a residential neighborhood nearby.
Seattle police and a SWAT unit was called in to disperse the rioters who then looted and attacked two businesses, set fires at the construction site near TC-5 and damaged someone's home. It lasted for less than an hour and tenants except for 3 people dispersed as soon as SWAT arrived. The Tent city was closed by Scott Morrow and the SPD for two days. Many innocent TC-5 residents were mistakenly identified as participants of the riot were arrested by Ballard and Seattle police, evicted and banned from all share services. They were cleared but many of them are still banned from Share and Share activities. Police charged 8 people with vandalism, assault, disorderly conduct and arson.
86 was hit in the face by a TC-5 member and was traumatized but was okay. He and Fuzzy Muffin were taken to the hospital and held in the Psychiatric ward. The event was barely covered by local media even though it lasted for almost an hour and involved a hate crime on a person with disabilities.
86 was discharged from the hospital and placed in TC-7 on Goat hill near downtown and the Unitarian church in Ballard offered to buy him another stuffed bunny. He refused and was seen at TC-7 with Fuzzy Muffin's head duct taped together talking to himself. SHARE residents blame 86 for the riots and wanted him banned from Share but 86's guardian threatened Scott Murrow and Share with a lawsuit if they did not allow 86 to stay. It was probably one of the conditions for reopening the indoor shelters and receiving funding.
After SHARE indoor shelters were reopened, Scott Morrow disregarded the discretionary rule and forced residents of the shelter at St. John Lutheran church on 33rd and Phiney near the zoo to accept him. He was evicted one week later after residents voted in survivor council style meeting to kick him out. The reason is not clear why but there are three different rumors, one, that he wet the bed, the other because he urinated in the toiled incorrectly, and third that during a weekly meeting a motion to evict him was made and seconded.
86 was last seen at TC-3 in Northgate and Olympic Hills. His condition is not known at this time only that he is hardly tolerated and is not at all liked by anyone in share. He is also exempted from doing chores due to his disability. He has also been denied entry into all the indoor shelters who blame him for the riots at Ballard and is not welcome in any of them.
So, its business as usual for share aside from a few changes. More of the same. lazy bums who wont work and get paid our money while we work, the disabled denied shelter and left to freeze this winter while we pay them to keep them out, that's fine with Seattle by the way. Money going to filthy nasty icky tent cities full of criminals and insane, a literal human landfill in parts of Seattle and lets not kid ourselves, the illegal aliens will be back to haunt Share and Seattle will allow it. After all, they get paid filling the system with people and its just another thing the wetbacks will do that we wont.
So congratulations Seattle residents on caving in to the bums and commies. Hope you have a happy holidays from those of us in New Hampshire where we believe in personal responsibility and integrity! I also hope also you're still alive because give these bums an inch they'll take a foot and a leg then a head. Poor Fuzzy Muffin found that out the hard way...
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
These are battles that few remember or have heard of in different parts of time and parts of the world but they are spectacular battles and important battles nonetheless.
10. The Battle of Lepanto
OCTOBER 7th 1571
ISLAMIC OTTOMAN EMPIRE NAVY UNDER SUFI ALI PASHA VS HOLY LEAGUE ALLIANCE(CONSISTING OF VARIOUS NATIONS INCLUDING VENICE, SAVOY, SPAIN, GENOA, ROME, ET AL) LEAD BY DON JUAN
No intention to bring up my first history article that I wrote for mainestategop but it needs to be remembered and is being remembered as a significant victory by Christianity over the forces of Islam and the Ottoman Empire. Only Austria, Malta and the conquest of Poland would come close to rivaling this important victory that prevented the invasion of Italy and possibly the conversion of all Europe to Islam.
The battle was fought on odds in favor of the Turkish fleet. The only thing the Christians had were new innovations in the form of newly built and christened Galleases with new and revolutionary armaments such as swivel cannons. That, and strong determination.
What is also significant of Lepanto is its religious traits. Saint Pope Pius V dedicated The Holy fleet and the cause to the Virgin Mary and the holy Rosary. Sailors and soldiers were chosen to serve not based on merit but their moral and spiritual fiber. They were also expected to conduct themselves as good Christians throughout the voyage
As the fleet departed for its inevitable confrontation with destiny, Christians all over Europe were admonished by Holy Father in Rome to pray the Rosary. In cities all over Europe, the Rosary was prayed in parades and processions in the streets and cathedrals. On the ships in the fleet the Rosary was also prayed.
October 7th 1571, the two fleets engaged in Lepanto on the Corinth Gulf. Don Juan sailed his Gallease at full speed towards the heart of the Ottoman armada into Ali Pasha's flagship! He was taken by surprised and the fleet was broken in two. Meanwhile, other galleases were placed in the front and used to attack any other enemy ships.
The Ottomans were surprised and shocked by Don Juan's maneuvers. Next, many of the ships engaged in boarding actions against each other. The majority of the fighting in Lepanto was done this way. The Christians were ferocious and devastated the enemy. If this were not enough, Christian slaves in the Ottoman galley's who had been forced to row for the enemy for many years rose up against their masters and rebelled. They used their chains and shackles to destroy the enemy.
The Christian of the Holy League fleet went from having the odds against them to gaining the upper hand. The Ottomans despite being promised paradise for fighting fled in panic many abandoning their ships on the Greek shore.
The Turkish fleet suffered the loss of about 210 ships of which 117 galleys, 10 galleons and three fustas were captured and in good enough condition for the Christians to keep. On the Christian side 20 galleys were destroyed and 30 had to be scuttled. The Holy League had suffered around 7,500 soldiers, sailors and rowers dead, but freed about as many Christian prisoners. Turkish casualties were around 25,000, and at least 3,500 were captured.
The defeat was devastating to the Ottoman empire. They had lost much of their veteran military force and had suffered Their first naval defeat in over a century. There would be many others on land and sea to follow and it would lead to the decay and collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the decline of Islam until the 20th century with the advant of religious tolerance and understanding and immigration. That tolerance and understanding is now on the wane...
It is said that on that fateful day in the Vatican, Pope Pius the V and several high ranking clergy were gathered in a bible study and prayer. It was there that Pope Pius raised his head, walked to the window, looked out and proclaimed, "Let us give our lady thanks for the victory she has given us over the Ottomans in Lepanto."
How could he have known?! There was no media or telecommunication at the time and it would take 2 weeks before news of the battle reached them? It did and was met with jubilation and thanksgiving.
The Catholic church has made October 7th a holiday, the feast of Our lady of the Rosary. Pope Pius V was made a saint in 1712.
9 THE BATTLE OF STERLING BRIDGE September 11th 1297 ENGLISH FORCES UNDER EARL OF WARENNE VS SCOTLAND UNDER WILLIAM WALLACE AND ANDREW MURRAY
We've all heard the story of Braveheart William Wallace, but were only familiar with the way Hollywood tells it through Mel Gibsons gory film. This battle which took place in the year 1297 between English forces under the Earl of warenne against William Wallace and Andrew Murray. This battle is considered the comedy of English battles, it involved strategic blunder by the English and clever tactics and deception by the Scots.
The battle of Sterling Bridge is considered by many historians to be a comedic defeat for the British. It was one of England's most humiliating tactical defeats, only to followed up by the siege of Orleans, Islandwana, The surrender of Khartoum by Lord Gordon which resulted in his execution by Mahdi forces and the surrender of Singapore to the Japanese, considered the most humiliating of them all.
The battle and what actually happened there sadly has been maligned by Hollywood and Mel Gibson. The actual battle was far more dramatic as well as more comedic than Mel Gibson could've dreamed of. The defection of the Irish during Falkirk for instance never happened. They fought Wallace as human shields and were slaughtered. Gibson added this to the script in the last minute because soldiers of the Republic of Ireland army were staged as the Irish and refused to perform due to the humiliating they suffered under English rule.
Sterling bridge in real life unlike the movie took place well... on a bridge in Sterling. The small bridge was very small and only broad enough to allow two horsemen to cross abreast, but offered the safest river crossing as the area was surrounded by marshland and the Scots waited as the English knights and infantry made their slow progress across the bridge on the morning of 11 September. It would have taken several hours for the entire English army to cross
Wallace and Murray waited until as many had come across as they felt could be overcome in battle. When a substantial number of the troops had crossed (believed to possibly be about 2,000) The two ordered the attack to commence! Scottish Infantry were backed by strong spearmen who successfully counter-attacked an English cavalry charge.
Wallace and Murray seized the eastern half of the bridge and the panicked and packed English tried in vain to run across. This also prevented reinforcements from arriving to help them. Most were killed, others fell into the river and drowned. The ones that survived wore light gear and leather armor and were able to swim across to safety.
Earl Surrey who commanded the archers and a small contingent of men at arms could have held off the Scots and cut them off from marching on southern England but the slaughter caused him and the rest of the army to panic. Surrey and the other nobles then does the unthinkable, they destroy Sterling bridge. While this only delays Wallace and Murray from attacking South, the action cuts off the remaining army, the supply wagons and secedes the Lowlands of Yorkshire to the rebels.
The battle concluded that day with over six-thousand English killed and an undetermined number of Scots dead and wounded among them Andrew Murray who dies from mortal wounds during the battle at the bridge. Hugh De Cressingham, one of the English nobles and a cruel tyrant who persecuted Scottish peasants and tortured Scottish rebels was said to be flayed alive in the same manner.
It should be noted that the story of Sterling Bridge has not only been maligned by Hollywood but by minstrels and bards who gave fictional accounts of Sterling that exaggerate the death toll upon the English and the actions of William Wallace. Bards like Blind Harry tell of Wallace sabotaging the bridge as the English try to cross and of Wallace killing one of the leaders with a large spear. Others portray the English as numerically superior though cowardly and demoralized, running from the English during the attack.
The battle stopped Wallace from advancing further on England but condemned Yorkshire and for that matter most of Northumbria to vicious raids by Wallace who became Guardian of Scotland. Wallace was unable to attack deep into Yorkshire and sack the city as portrayed in the movie but he did kill a great number of magistrates and nobleman.
One year later upon hearing of the defeat of the English, King Edward the Longshanks arrived in England from war in Flanders in France and defeated Wallace in the battle of Falkirk.
8 The Battle of Hansan-do JULY 8 1592
KOREA VS JAPAN
The Battle of Hansan-do is perhaps the first time in history that armored iron clad ships with cannon were used. It was a revolution and at the same time, devastating. Japan near end of its civil war began yearning for imperial conquest over China and the Korean peninsula.
Hansan-do is considered the Asian Lepanto. The Korean navy was all the stood in the way of the Japanese conquest of Asia. The Asian continent, weakened through internal strife and Mongolian raids stood little chance against the battle hardened samurai.
It is not known for certain the outcome had the invasion succeeded but it would've possible lead to Japan's assertion as a mighty super power possibly one that would dominate Asia perhaps even threatening the Muslim world and maybe even Christian Europe just as Timurlane and Genghis Khan did over a century before.
The attack began with a sighting of the Japanese fleet off Gyeonnaeryang Strait. Admiral Yi Sun Shin planned a trap for the numerically superior Japanese by luring them out of the straight with six battleships. Previously, the Koreans had either met the Japanese ships in a straight battle line or, if space was limited, with a circular or rolling method of attack, where their ships attacked in relays to sustain a continuous bombardment. Although these tactics were effective, it would do no good with numerically superior Japanese. Furthermore, Yi did not want any of them to escape.
In a tactic very similar to Hannibal's Cannae maneuver, Yi lured the Japanese fleet into the wide open sea and engaged them using a Crane Formation, a U shaped formation that surrounded the Japanese and inflicted heavy damage. The purpose was not just to defeat the Japanese, but to annihilate them. The Japanese were surrounded, crowded, unable to flee and barely fight back despite their numbers.
Admiral Wakizaka not only followed the six decoy Korean ships through the Kyonnaeryang Strait with his entire fleet of 73 ships into the ambush, but pressed as quickly as possible into the center of the crane wing formation, oblivious to the fact that he was exposing his ships and his flanks to the Korean fleet's concentrated and longer-range firepower. The results were devastating
Not only did they face the might of Korean ships with Iron hulls, they were surrounded and almost annihilated. Admiral Wakizaka was killed when his ship was boarded, other commanders committed suicide by Seppuku.
The defeat was a set back in the Japanese ambition to invade and conquer Asia. Other skirmishes followed but by this time, Korea and the Chinese empire was ready for them. Japan's conquest of Asia would have to wait many years. They had to wait till the 19th and 20th century when Japan with its more modern navy defeated China in the Sino-Japanese war of 1894, bringing Korea into its sphere of influence and seizing Chinese territory.
Japan would again would triumph over Asia during World war 2 seizing Manchuria as well as Pacific possessions of America, Netherlands and Britain. The American and British forces would be all that stood between them. The allied victory put an end to Japan's thirst for conquest but China and Japan are both at odds.
The Japanese learned much from the defeat. They adopted the crane tactic as their own and later with the onset of modern battleships perfected it with the maneuver of crossing the T. The tactic was devastating to the Russians in the 1905 Russo-Japanese war during the battle of Tsushima strait and to the Americans in Guadalcanal and the Solomon isles.
7. The Battle of Kohima April-June of 1944 GREAT BRITAIN VS JAPAN
The battle was fought from 4 April to 22 June 1944 around the town of Kohima in Northeast India. It was part of a larger operation called U-go, a last ditch push by the waning armies of Japan, now reeling from economic and military decline from defeat after defeat by the Americans. In desperation Japan wanted to push into India and foment a rebellion against British rule in order to take Britain out of the Pacific war.
Japan's army strategy was always that of aggression and offense even at the sacrifice of defense. It was a tactic that made great short term gain but on the other hand bled its army of recruits and resources giving China and England the chance to fight back and push off the enemy invaders.
Many of Japan's younger officers who had risen through the ranks mainly due to attrition of manpower questioned this but traditional officers in the imperial staff and Prime Minister Tojo, dogmatically stuck to the old ways.
One of the these men was commander of the 31st division Kotoku Sato, destined to lead the attack. General Sato objected to the attack and the traditional methods of the imperial staff. Sato warned that the army was tired, demoralized and that logistics would not allow for proper resupply and their current supplies were low. He warned that the army would probably starve to death before reaching its objectives. Nonetheless the plan to invade was approved by the general staff. The Japanese army would have to march with or without supplies and a supply route.
The key to seizing India was through an uprising by the Indian National Army which had been in rebellion against the British followed by the destruction of the British army in Impal. It would be a message to the world that the English were powerless and that Japan was still strong despite recent defeats by the Americans in the Pacific.
The Japanese high command counted on two things, that the Indian people who had suffered terrible under British Colonial rule would over throw their masters, that the British would surrender as it did in Singapore and that it would mean that Britain would exit the Pacific Theater.
Operation U-go was a last ditch effort by Japan to stave off inevitable defeat. It would be the last Japanese offensive of the war, the last and final gasp of the imperial war machine. It would be perhaps its greatest blunder and greatest defeat.
The Indian people who the Japanese believe would be swayed to their side were wary of English dominance but were keenly aware of the brutality of conquering Japanese on the civilian populace in China, particularly Manchuria and In Burma.
The British Army were also aware of the cruelity the Japanese army inflicted on surrendering soldiers such as those in Singapore, many of whom were forced into slavery in building the imperial railway through Burma. Surrender was never considered, never an option. The British army under the command of General William Slim would hold its ground against the Japanese army.
The British were out numbered 4 to one. The Japanese surrounded the hills of Kohima and laid siege to the outnumbered force of British.
The Japanese army bombarded the hills of Kohima with artillery shells day and night as well as subjugating the garrison to the horrors of Suicidal Banzai charges. Through it all the British held on to the hill through incredible acts of bravery including one instant where an English Corporal single handed took a trench occupied by the Japanese.
Other times there was great despair. Water was short on all sides and an English air cargo relief had accidentally dropped needed supplies on the Japanese positions. The sight of their own water tanks parachuting into Japanese positions prompted the belegured and thirsty British to launch daring counter attack raids to get the water back.
In the end the garrison was saved by reinforcements including native Indian soldiers who came to lift the siege after 2 months of enduring endless attack, thirst, attrition and assaults from the Japanese. The sight of the Indian levy was enough to destroy Japanese morale for they had pinned their hopes on India rebelling against British rule. The Japanese were forced to pull back. It was the last Japanese offensive in the war.
Kotoku Sato, the commander of the 31st division survived the war and avoided prosecution in the war crimes trials that followed. He had known all along that U-go was destined to fail. Japan had worn itself down from years of fighting and aggression and with supplies cut off from the sea by the American navy and with army supplies spread thin, Japan was doomed to lose. He spent the remainder of his life helping Japanese veterans of the war. he died in 1959.
6. The Battle of Yang Ping 3rd century The Three Kingdoms war General Cao Cao of the Eastern Han Vs Zhao Yun of Wu
The Battle of Yangping is famous for being the earliest known reference to a notorious Chinese siege strategy known as the Empty fort Strategy. Legend has it that Cao Cao himself perfected it. Although some say that Sun Tzu perfected it others say that Liu Biu the first Han Emperor first practiced it.
The Strategy as practiced in the battle of Yang Ping sometime in the early 3rd century AD involves luring an enemy opponent of superior strength into capturing a fort that is either empty or otherwise occupied by a weakened garrison. The purpose, ambush.
The trap is sprung as the enemy enters the fort thinking they have achieved victory only to find that an army awaits outside the fort concealed either behind a hill or forest. Add to this, the fort contains a strong enemy force that surprises the enemy from the other side. The result, the enemy is caught in a pincer movement within the gate and the army left psychologically traumatized and unprepared with there combat efficiency reduced.
So it was when Emperor Cao Cao of Eastern Han lured the enemy general Zhao Yan to slaughter. Zhao Yan, his armies tired and hungry saw an open fortress abandoned by the enemy, full of supplies, rice, and wine as well as a new fortified position to attack the Han army.
What he didn't know was that Cao Cao's army had not abandoned the fort and lay and waited in ambush behind a nearby copse. There are two different versions of this story, one, Zhao Yan marched his army into the fort and was caught between the forts soldiers and Cao Cao's army, the other, Zhao Yan feared a trap and in retreating on accident walked into the ambush.
Either way the empty fort strategy is Asia's most famous and yet least known strategy. The tactic saw itself used in many a famous battle in Medieval China as well as world war 2.
5. Battle of Sekigahara October 21st 1600 Tokugawa VS Hideyori
For over 150 years, the Islands of Japan had been divided between warring factions and clans. The period was known as Sengoku, the Age of the Country at war. The emperor and the Shogunate could not restrain or control the ambitions of the mighty feudal warlords or Daimyos as they were known. Japan became a country of savagery, danger and death.
Those lords and clans who could not adapt either pledged their loyalty to stronger lords and served them as tenants on their own clan lands or were killed in combat. Many in the most violent and bloody ways imaginable. Even the stronger warlords such as Nobunaga Oda and those who served him suffered not only defeat but captivity, torture and painful death. Most commit suicide.
Then there were those who spent their whole lives fighting to become overlord of Japan. Uesugi Kenshin was brave, noble and strong Daimyo from the northwestern prefects. He spent his life fighting many death-defying battles only to die of cancer at the age of 48. His Final words summed up the life of a warlord in those dreadful times
Another warlord who was Uesugi's arch nemesis was Shingen Takeda. He too fought his whole life dying at the age of 51 from Pneumonia. Others died through assassination by poison, bullets or arrows.
In the end there were two warlords who commanded the might of the Japanese Samurai, the warrior class of Japan, Toyotomi Hideyori of the Oda clan who ruled the western portion of Japan, and his rival Tokugawa Ieyasu who ruled to the east was descended from the Mikawa Matsudaira clan and the Imagawa clan.
Both families, had a fierce rivalry. Ieyasu's Grandfather had been assassinated by a retainer of Nobunaga Oda when his father was 10 years old. When he was 4, he had been taken hostage and would not be returned unless his father cancelled his alliance with the Imagawa clan. He refused arguing that the seriousness of his alliance would be proven by sacrificing his son. In the end it was decided to spare Ieyasu's life. He was held for 3 years in a temple in Nagoya.
Then his father had been murdered by his own retainers who had been bribed by the Oda Nobuhide. But he died shortly afterwards. The Imagawa clan saved Tokugawa from destruction when they intervened shortly afterwards and in the process laid siege to Oda castle in exchange for Ieyasu's life. Ieyasu was spared and spent his childhood years under the Imagawa clan.
When he came of age, Ieyasu began to take up the mantle of his father and the blood feud between his family and his family's rivals. Tokugawa Ieyasu was unrivaled in terms of seniority, rank, reputation and overall influence within the Regency of the Toyotomi clan. Rumors started to spread stating that Ieyasu, would take over Hideyoshi's legacy just as Nobunaga's was taken.
There were rumors of conspiracies in Imperial court of attempts to assassinate Ieyasu, as well as rivalry against the Uesugi clan. Ishida Misunari, a powerful warlord in the Toyotomi clan and Hideyoshi's servant used this opportunity to forge an alliance to challenge the authority Tokugawa. Ieyasu also began to form alliances promising land, wealth and honors. The final battle that would unite and decide the future of Japan was about to begin...
Initially, Ieyasu's army had 75,000 men, while Ishida's army numbered 120,000. Tokugawa had also sneaked in a supply of Arquebuses, which were early 16th century muskets imported form the Portugeuse. Knowing that Ieyasu was heading toward Osaka, Mitsunari abandon his positions near Edo and marched to Sekigahara in Gifu Prefect. Even though the Western forces had tremendous tactical advantages, Ieyasu had already been in contact with many daimyo in the Western Army for months, promising them land and leniency after the battle should they switch sides.
Such treachery and betrayal was not uncommon in Asian battles especially when one's lord was weak and without honor. It was a hallmark trait in many of the battles in Asia. To westerners, such betrayals are viewed as dishonest, dishonorable even sinful and were even rare in Medieval Europe and the Rennaisance.
But to the warlords and warriors of Asia, honor was everything. The codes of honor and the ways of Bushido dictated that a lord or leader who was weak, who could not be trusted who was defeated in all battles was not to be obliged with promises or guarantee. A man who has no honor, must lose his head. Others however were more swayed with wealth and land than honor. Whatever the case, history and the course of events would be written by the victors.
Though outnumbered, Ieyasu had bribed many of Ishida's commanders and retainers to disobey orders and to defect. Ieyasu would also rely on tactical strategy against the enemy. It was these two that would decide the battles outcome. If Ieyasu could not persuade them to side with him, he may lose the battle. But Ishida was not as respected as Tokugawa and not as honorable.
The battle began on October 21st 1600, on the 15th day of the 9th month of 5 Keicho in the Japanese Calender when Tokugawa’s forces under Fukushima Masanori, the leader of the advanced guard, charged north from Tokugawa’s left flank against the Western Army’s right center along the Fuji River. The ground was still muddy from the previous day's rain, the charge was not as effective and the conflict there devolved into a bloody melee. Tokugawa then ordered attacks from his right and his center against the Western Army’s left in order to support Fukushima’s attack.
Ishida ordered units of the right flank which had not been attacked to reinforce his left flank under the command of Shimazu Yoshihiro. Shimazu refused... Fukushima’s attack was slowly gaining ground, but this came at the cost of exposing their flanks to an attack which was made by Otani Yoshitsugu who seized the opportunity. But just past Otani’s forces were those of Kobayakawa Hideaki on Mount Matsuo.
Kobayakawa was one of the daimyos loyal to Ishida and Toyotomi that Tokugawa courted for an alliance. He had agreed to defect to Ieyasu's side, yet in the actual battle he was hesitant and neutral. He was no longer sure of what side to join. Such are the hardships of a neutral warlord, for the side he chooses could mean a victory for that side yet if he lost he would pay dearly. He knew that his decision would have a grave outcome on the history of the empire.
As the battle grew more intense, Ieyasu ordered the arquebuses to fire at Kobayakawa's position on Mount Matsuo in order to force Kobayakawa to make his choice. Kobayakawa made his choice, he joined the battle as a member of the Eastern Army, chargin on Otani's position, which did not end well because when Tokugawa opened fire, the army panicked making the charge ineffective. He was caught in a pincer and outnumbered.
But when Western Army generals Wakisaka Yasuharu, Ogawa Suketada, Akaza Naoyasu, and Kutsuki Mototsuna witnessed the heroic charge, it prompted them to switched sides, thus turning the tide of battle.
The now outnumbered army's of the west retreated, prompting Tokugawa forces to roll up on them. The right flank was destroyed and the center pusshed back. Ishida fled to mount nagnu where forces of the Mori clan waited. Ishida hoped to rally and regroup for another battle but Mori Hidemoto refused to meet with him stating he was busy eating. In truth they had abandoned Ishida who was then captured.
What is interesting to note is that both sides had late arrivals. Many of Ishida's most loyal troops could've arrived and perhaps changed the course of the battle but they were late due to slow pace and other minor battles that had occured.
Ishida and his loyal supporters were executed, before he died, he was paraded throughout the country in stocks. Next to him was a bamboo saw which onlookers could use to saw his head. It was however a formality. The clans that were loyal to Toyotomi were either annihilated or had their land seized from them, to be given to those who defected to the side of Tokugawa. Those who supported him were granted much wealth and land.
Those who remained neutral or fought against Tokugawa suffered. Mori, which had changed late in the conflict was spared but had its fiefdom of Aki relocated to the domain of Choshu. The Shimazu clan was granted leniency since their kingdom, located on mountainous terrain in the south west was impregnable. But The clans of Toyotomi and Chosokabe were dissolved, stripped of titles and lands. The survivors fled into exile to become Ronins, samurais with no lord or master many living as mercenaries and/or bandits
In 1603, Emperor Go-Yozei declared Ieyasu Tokugawa, Shogunate of all Japan. Samurai and Daimyo from all over the empire were required to visit Edo to pay homage to the Shogun. It was the beginning of a new era in Japan known as the Edo Period or Bakumatsu. It was a rigid, tyrannical and tranquil period. For some, a new and great age while for others a time of darkness.
The New Tokugawa shogonate encouraged its now idle samurai to engage in arts and literature while passing harsh edicts that established a rigid society of hierarchy and oppression. Many were unhappy but they were wise to keep their discontent to themselves. The worst aspects fell upon the Christian missionaries and their converts. Tens of thousands of Christians were tortured and killed.
The new Shogunate also became isolationist and banned foreign with all other nations except for the Dutch who had their trading privileges limited. It became a crime punishable by death to be shipwrecked on the isles of Japan. For the next two centuries, Japan was stuck in a time warp, cut off from new ideas and new technology that had developed outside its borders.
It was not until Commodore Perry of the United States navy would force the empire to open its doors to trade and commerce that Japan would reopen itself to the world. The rise of the emperor Meiji and his support for change and openess also changed the outlook of Japan. But the greatest change came with the downfall of the oppresive Shogunate of Tokugawa by discontent and the reemergence of the fallen clans that had suffered at the defeat.
In 1868, these forces with help from the European super powers rose combated the traditional samurai and isolationists culminating in the war of the Year of the Dragon leading to the restoration of Imperial court power and the dissolution of the Shogunate. It would lead to the end of isolation and the modernization of Japan and the acceptance of classical liberalism, yet Bushido and the warrior spirit remained indued within the hearts of the samurai.
This, and events in the 20th century such as the Russo-Japanese war, the 1914 famine, the influenza epidemic, the earthquake of 1923, the stock market crash of 29 and the takeover of the military and far right under Tojo lead to the entry of Japan on the Axis side in World war 2.
4. The Battle Of Jezreel Valley 9th cen BC THE PROPHET GIDEON AND ANCIENT ISRAEL VS. MIDIAN
The biblical account of the Prophet Gideon against the invading and occupying Midianite army is vaguely remembered in our time. Think of Gideon, we think mainly of the term Gideon army and the Gideon bibles we find in motel rooms when we travel. The bible's history especially in the jewish old testament is forgotten by many Americans as the nation grows more secular. Stories like Noah and the deluge and David and Goliath along with Ruth and the battle of Jericho are all that we tend to remember.
The account of Gideon and the battle he fought in Jezreel valley is often times a forgotten battle. The Valley of Jezreel, located in lower Galilee near the Israeli towns of Afula bears little resemblance to what it was in Gideon's day. It is now an agricultural plot where fields of corn, chickpeas sunflowers, cotton and other crops grow.
In the days of Gideon, the valley of Jezreel was an open well... a hot grass valley. It bore much resemblance to the prairies of the American mid-west and South west. It was here that one of the most pivotal and succesful military battles in Israel's ancient history was fought and won by a sheep herder and 300 brave men.
The account of the battle and what lead to it is found in the Holy Bible in the Jewish Old Testament in the book of Judges. It reads that Israel did evil in God's eyes and so he delievered the country into the captivity of the Midianites. The Midianites were distantly related to the Hebrew people through Abraham's nephew Midian. But they were a heathen people who lured the Israelites away from the worship of their God to the worship of the many pagan deities of the land such as Baal.
God rose up Gideon and commanded him to wage war on the Midian occupation. This he started by destroying the altar of Baal on his family's land and leading a bandit army to harass Midian. This soon culminated into a full scale rebellion against the occupation.
The book of Judges chapter 7 describes what happened next... Over 32,000 Israelite warriors came to fight along Gideon against Midian but then a funny thing happened, Gideon chose to send nearly all of them away. Here is what Judges says:
3. Battle of Gaixia 202 BC
LIU BANG AND HAN VS Xiang Yu and Western Chu
The battle of Gaixia in Ancient China was the battle that lead to the rise of the Han Dynasty which would rule for nearly 400 years. The story of Its first emperor Liu Bang Emperor Gaozu as he would be known and of the intense rivalry between him and violent and brash Xiang Yu is as intense and as epic. Its a story of Wisdom and meekness conquering power and unyielding aggression, of David and Goliath and of the founding of a great empire. I shall tell but a brief foray to better understand the situation.
Xiang Yu was the son of Noble Mandarin educated in the arts of war. He was strong, powerful and over six feet tall able to lift objects of massive weight that no one else could. He also was said to have double pupils in one eye. He was however arrogant and haughty. Raised by his uncle, he eschewed education and wisdom believing that one only needed to be taught basic essentials.
When it came to learning the arts of war and strategem, Xiang Yu too ignored these prefering to rely on strength and numbers. His uncle was frustrated and ashamed of his nephews arrogance and of his aggresive and at times rebellious behavior.
Liu Bang on the other hand was but of humble origins. He was a civil servant, a soldier, a policeman and one who enjoyed learning and was a devout follower of the philosophy of Confucius. Legend also had it that he was a distant relative to the imperial royal family and that he could make a claim to the throne. But this is not known for certain.
One day as the Qin Emperor was parading through a local village, Xiang Yu and Liu Bang came to watch the procession. What happened next sums up the two men. Xiang Yu with his uncle said as the emperor rode past, "I will replace him." His uncle feared that he would be heard and urged his nephew to be silent. When the Emperor rode past Liu Bang he said, "I wish to become like him."
The Qin Emperor's popularity was on the wane. Many Chinese nobels and warriors rebelled and Xiang Yu and Liu Bang were caught up. Both men came out well most of all Xiang Yu. Liu Bang became the king of the Han in the poor western region of China known as the Bashu region near present day Sichuan.
Xiang Yu became overlord of Western Chu, granting favors and armies to his friends. To pay for his massive favors and armies Xiang Yu taxed the people heavily and forced many men to join his massive armies. Despite living a life of luxury and disgusting decadence he wanted more. He desired the imperial throne. In 208 BC, he killed the righteous emperor and declared himself emperor of all China. Xiang Yu however alienated many of the nobles who rebelled against his authority.
Distraught over the death of the last Qin emperor, Liu Bang vowed revenge. With help from two wise strategist and advisor named Han Xin and Zhang Liang, Liu Bang expanded his small kingdom and broke his army out from the southern regions to challenge Xiang Yu. The nobles and warlords of China rallied to his side and a civil war ensued.
It was a war of deception and broken promises. Time again Liu Bang overcame Xiang Yu who offered treaties he never followed, promises never kept. Liu Bang outfoxed him time and time again and Xiang Yu alienated his followers who went to the side of Liu Bang. Xiang Yu's arrogance and foolishness also came back to haunt him...
Xiang Yu failed to plan supply logistics and failed also to use proper strategy. Xiang Yu's forces blundered into battle relying on strength and numbers while Liu Bang used deception and strategy. Xiang Yu survived only by his own massive strength.
In desperation, Xiang Yu kidnapped Liu Bang's father and wife and threatened to cook them over a slow fire if he did not surrender. Liu Bang reminded Xiang Yu that they were considered brothers in the days when they fought side by side in rebellion against the former Qin emperor and stated that he was essentially roasting his own family. Liu Bang could not surrender no matter what for if he did they would be killed anyway.
But fortune turned in Liu Bangs favor... Xiang Yu's wife Miaoyi was captured by Han forces. It was the perfect bait to lure the arrogant and foolish Xiang Yu into a trap.at Gaixia.
The Chu army exausted, underfed and under supplied as well as harried by Han forces blundered into ambush after ambush as an angry and desperate Xiang Yu fought to rescue his wife and defeat Liu Bang once and for all. Under Han Xin, Consort Yu was moved to a deep canyon. It was a risky move, there was no where to run to. He and his forces were trapped and would have nowhere to escape.
But Sun Tzu in his art of war writes, that on deadly ground like the deep canyon, the men would not be afraid and would fight to the death. In similar situations as these like Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasions in World War 2, the battle of Saratoga in the American Revolution, soldiers will fight to the death and more ferociously.
As Xiang Yu's forces entered the canyon to destroy what is thought to be a vulnerable easy prey, Han Xin springs the trap known as the Ten Ambushes or Ambush from ten sides. Han Xin first fought Xiang Yu face to face, retreated Xiang Yu gave chase and found himself trapped among the numerous Han army@ Everywhere Xiang Yu led his forces, ambushes and traps awaited them.
This not only caused heavy casualties for Chu, but also crushed the Chu army's morale, since escaping alive seemed impossible. The troops were now the ones trapped and without supply in the canyon. To further break the Chu army's spirit, Han Xin employed the "Chu Song from Four Sides" tactic. The Han army and the captured Chu then sang folk songs from Chu causing the soldiers to remember their families back at home. Finally to top it off a fake message was delievered to Xiang Yu claiming that Chu had been conquered.
The Chu army began to melt away as many of Xiang Yu's loyal followers deserted and were permitted by Liu Bang to drop their weapons and leave for home. Only 800 loyal soldiers left behind and stayed with Xiang Yu, swearing to fight for him until the very end. Han Xin's tactic worked but now with his army small enough he could maneuver easily out of the canyon and escape.
Upon discovering this, Liu Bang ordered 5,000 elite cavalry to chase down Xiang Yu. Liu Bang ordered the cavalry to not kill Xiang Yu, but to capture him. Unfortunately for Xiang Yu, after he left the canyon, he soon got lost. He tried to ask local people for directions back to Chu, but they pointed him in the wrong direction, with this being possibly intentional given their loyalty towards Han.
Xiang Yu was trapped in a swamp and surrounded by Han forces. What happened is contested but many agree, Xiang Yu commited suicide most say through a suicidal assault on Han forces. Xiang Yu was so ferocious and so strong that it was impossible to defeat him. Over and over again he was overwhelmed only to kill all the soldiers who tried to kill him. It took many tries to finally bring him down. Others say that he got tired and after being seriously wounded, Xiang Yu slit his own throat.
Upon hearing of her husband's death Yu Miaoyi commited suicide with her husband's sword.
As a result, Liu Bang rose up to become the first Han emperor and one of China's greatest rulers.Learning the mistakes of past emperors and those of Xiang Yu that caused instability in the empire and the Chu kingdom, he greatly reduced taxation and the dependency on conscripted labor. He also is famous for promoting Confucianism in China. He reigned for seven years until his death in 195 BC
2. The Six Day War 1967 Israel General Moshe Doyan and Levi Eshkol VS The Arab Coalition
The six-day war has been forgotten by many. The war is further overshadowed by the bloody intifada in Israel as well as the conflicts brewing in the land between Jew and Arab to this day.
The Six Day War not necessarily a single battle in of itself deserves mention not only because its prominence has become forgotten by younger generations but because the brilliance of its execution. Many call the Six-day war an act of genius on the part of the Israeli commanders Moshe Dayan and Levi Eshkol. Other's call it a miracle...
The war started due to Arab resentment against the young Jewish state of Israel, border disputes with Syria and Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Soviet deception and manipulation including false allegations made by the KGB that Israeli troops amassed on Syria's border, Guerilla activity by the PLO among the many reasons that the Six-day war was triggered.
It was Israel that was first to pull the trigger to protect itself. Critics called the pre-emptive strike a war crime, heinous, the world censured Israel and condemned it for attacking without a declaration of war despite Arab troop build-ups and anti-Israel propaganda calling for the destruction of Israel shortly before the war along with provocation by the USSR. Others say the attack was justified for Israel to defend herself from Arab and Soviet aggression.
Israel's elite espionage organization the Mossad had discovered that the Arab coalition had planned to attack Israel on the day they launched their pre-emptive strike. All the warning signs pointed to an imminent attack by the Arab states with Soviet backing. The Pre-emptive attack knocked out the Egyptian and Syrian air-force and slowed the Arab advance but it was not enough...
The Arab armies rolled up on Israel with the fiercest fighting taking place in the Sinai Peninsula, the Golan Heights and the Gaza strip. The Israeli army engaged the Arabs in overwhelming odds in favor of the Arabs. Israeli defeat was seen as a forgone conclusion yet Israel pulled a miracle...
In the Sinai peninsula for instance, Arab commanders became lost and ended up blundering into Israeli forces. Despite outnumbering them they panicked and fled! The Egyptian officers stationed at the radar stations picked up the scrambling Israeli aircraft, and sent a red alert message to Cairo. The sergeant in the decoding room of the supreme command tried to decipher the message using the previous day's code. By the time they realized their mistake the attack was over.
Also, The night before, president Naser and most of his top officers attended a party at an air force base . Early the next morning, he took off for the Sinai, where he had ordered all his top commanders to assemble in order to meet an Iraqi delegation. When the Israeli strike happened, not one senior officer was at his post. The success of the maneuver is generally attributed to the Israeli planes flying below the tracking altitude of Egyptian radar. Many other factors, however, contributed to the success of the air strike and the subsequent battles.
There were also stories from Israel's army of facing overwhelming odds and yet the arabs fled in fear. Others tell of Israel seizing fortified Arab positions that had been mysteriously abandoned for no reason whatsoever! For example, the Golan heights, once thought impossible to take fell easily in their hands! Commander Musa Klein and his platoon of 25 men took Tel Fakhr, one of the most fortified enemy positions in the area with no casualites!
Then there is the story of how an single Israeli scout seized a trench near Jerusalem. Arab witnesses and survivors of the conflict claim that they had mistakenly overestimated the Israeli forces or had miscalculated their positions.
1. YARMUK 636 AD BYZANTIUM VS ISLAMIC CALIPHATE OF RASHIDUN
The Last battle and the number one great battle is one that is forgotten yet one that is so great that its effects are now beginning to become apparent in our time. This is the battle that gave Islam its first great victory over Christendom and sent the Byzantine Empire, the Eastern empire of Rome on its downhill slope to destruction that would be complete 800 years later.
The Battle of Yarmouk lead to the assertion of Islam over the Eastern Middle east including Syria, Jordon, the holy land and the Levant. Areas that were once majority Christian once strongholds of Christianity fell to the sword of Islam. A Century later, the conquering Islamic Caliphate spread further, to North Africa, Eastern Byzantine, the Mediteranian including Southern Italy and Sicily and eventually reach Iberia and Southern France.
The conflict was part of a greater conflict between the Christian empire of Byzantium and Islamic Arabs that went back to before the death of Islam's founder the prophet Mohamed. No one can be certain what triggered the conflict.
According to Islamic sources, the Caesar of Byzantium Heraclius had captured and tortured Muslim missionaries because of Christian intolerance that existed in the early church. Western sources argue that Islam's militantism and expansionism started the conflict.
Neutral sources however point out that conflict between the Middle eastern Kingdoms and Byzantium were commonplace long before the ministry and even the birth of Mohamed. All historians agree however that the eastern most territories of Byzantium were reluctant to accept Byzantine rule and were in rebellion because of over taxation and oppresion by their foreign lords.
According to the 9th Century Persian historian Al-Baladhuri, the arrival of Islam was welcomed by the majority of inhabitants including the area's Jewish population which had suffered exploitation under unfair laws imposed by the empire He describes as follows...
The people of Homs[Western Syria] replied, "We like your rule and justice far better than the state of oppression and tyranny in which we were. The army of Heraclius we shall indeed, with your armies help, repulse from the city." The Jews rose and said, "We swear by the Torah, no governor of Heraclius shall enter the city of Homs unless we are first vanquished and exhausted!" The inhabitants of the other cities—Christian and Jews—that had capitulated to the Muslims, did the same When by Allah's help the "unbelievers" were defeated and the Muslims won, they opened the gates of their cities, went out with the singers and music players who began to play, and paid the kharaj
HISTORIC FOOTNOTE: The Islamic tax imposed on agricultural produce on both Muslim and Non-muslim land owners as hold overs for the building of Armies in Syria to fight Byzantium. Not to be confused with Jizrah, the head tax imposed on Non-Muslim infidels or Dhimmi.]
But according to the words of Caliph Abu Bakr, it was not always peaceful. Despite the heavy burden of the Imperial authorities, it was not always peaceful...
And when you have won a victory over your enemies, don't kill women or children or the aged and do not slaughter beasts except for eating. And break not the pacts which you make. You will come upon a people who live like hermits in monasteries, believing that they have given up all for God. Let them be and destroy not their monasteries. And you will meet other people who are partisans of Satan and worshippers of the Cross, who shave the centre of their heads so that you can see the scalp. Assail them with your swords until they submit to Islam or pay the Jizya. I entrust you to the care of Allah.
The Sassinid Persian empire which also held claim to the region and the Byzantines had worn themselves out with the fighting that took place. Islam however injected the much needed vigor and energy needed for the Arabs to rise up and throw off the rule of their Byzantine lords.
The result of this was the beginning of what would be a long drawn one-thousand four-hundred year long conflict that lasts unto this day between Christendom and Islam, between the crescent and the crucifix, between Mohamed, Fatima and Al-Qudus and Jesus Mary and Joseph. Between Al-quran, Mecca and Adab-Qitāl, the Trinity, the Rosary and the magisterium. It has shaped our world and our history in good ways and bad ways. Mainly bad.
The battle for the possesion of the Levant started in Yarmouk in 636 between Khalid Ibn Al-Walid and the commander of Byzantine forces emperor Heraclius, his general Vahan and General Theodore Trithyrius. The Byzantines outnumbered the Muslims by over 2 to 1. Their greatest advantage over the Muslims besides numerical superiority is their cavalry which was mostly armored Cataphractoi, heavy roman cavalry that was devastating against lighter cavalry and Infantry.
Khalid starts the battle by dividing his army into four independent units abreast with each flank of the army backed by a cavalry unit. The unit's commanders are mostly on their own and have full control. He keeps one cavalry unit in reserve and has another in the center. Heraclius deploys his army similarly except that his units are larger and has more cavalry backing him with many in reserve.
The first day of the battle involves duels between each sides Champions and officers. The Islamics dominate the battle. General Vahan stops the duels and the death of his officers which hurts his forces morale and orders a frontal attack by his forward troops. the purpose, to probe the Islamic army for weakness. Vahan and Heraclius know that they must rely on weight and numbers to defeat the army.
Khalid is also aware and must exaust his opponents forces before he can launch an attack. The second day of the attack, the Byzantines launch a resolute and bold assault on the Muslims. The attack is on the center which is pinned then the attack is made on the flanks. Cavalry is committed but these too are pinned down. Much of the army is forced to retreat back to camp under preassure.
Both flanks of the Islamic army are weakened by this attack. The retreating army returns to camp only to be shamed by their wives and children who throw rocks at them demanding that they return to fight the enemy. The retreating army returns in time to save the flanks from destruction.
The next day, Heraclium and Vahan make a similar attack but instead of a center attack focuses on the right flank. This leaves his left flank opposed. Khalid had planned to attack first by attacking the left flank of the Byzantine army. This preemptive attack gave Khalid the opportunity utterly decimate the Byzantine ranks. The army is saved only because General Vahan and Trithyrius came in with the cavalry reserves. Even with their reserves commited, the Muslims are still able to inflict painful casualties on the Byzantines. The battle ends only with the arrival of evening.
On the Fourth Day, The Byzantine commanders decide on a two pronged attack. One to shatter Khalid's army and allow the Byzantines to bleed through, the other to attack once Khalid's reserves are called in. The tactic works well with the center left army pushing back Khalids right. Khalid contains this with cavalry reserves but anticipates the disaster unfolding!
Khalid orders a full attack on the right wing armies to throw them off balance. It is a dangerous situation for Khalid since his army is smaller despite inflicting painful casualties on the enemy. The women in the Muslim camp witnessing the disaster unfold as well run to the assistance of the men and join in a surprise attack on the Byzantines! The result is both armies making a short retreat. Khalid is successful in restoring his front lines. The Byzantines respond by deploying archers.
The arrows save the Byzantine army from disaster but they also prevent further attacks. Khalid in turn commits his own archers to attack. the day is known as the day of lost eyes. Over 700 of Khalid's best soldiers lose one eye as a result of the arrow attack. The day ends in a sort of stalemate except that the Byzantine's have again taken heavy losses.
The next day the fifth day, One of Khalid's scouts report that behind the Byzantine army is a river with a single bridge for the Byzantine army to escape. Could they force the Byzantine army to retreat and block them at the bridge, creating a chokhold and throwing the Byzantines into a panic stricken disorder at the river's edge?
Scouts also note that Byzantine ranks have been worn thin since the previous engagement and many of its best officers have been killed. The chain of command in the Byzantine army is uncertain and the army is deteriorating and on the verge of collapse of morale. Only one thing threatens his plans, Heraclius and Vahan still have fresh cavalry reserves they have yet to commit.
Khalid has his best men on his right wing move under cover of darkness and guard the bridge to stop a retreat by the Byzantines. He then launches one final desperate attack. First, Khalid pins down the front Byzantine infantry while his cavalry quickly swings arouund to launch a fierce attack on the Byzantine's left center shattering the army. Vahan orders cavalry to attack but they are too late to stop the carnage.
The reason for this is that Byzantine cavalry were not as mobile as the Muslim cavalry being weighed by heavy armor whilst Kahlid's cavalry, though lightly armored with mostly Leather and perhaps link mail armor were faster and more mobile. The Damage is already done and the Byzantine army panicks into a retreat!
This retreat is made all the more worse when they discover that their only escape route, the narrow bridge at the river is blocked by Khalid's best men. Attempts to break through are in vain as Byzantine cavalry and infantry are cut down at the choke point. The Byzantines are then forced into a confined space where they are violently hacked to pieces.
Emperor Heraclius General Vahan and Theore Trythius flee over the river. Other solidiers follow, discarding their shields and armor and swimming across to safety. Some do not make it and others drown in the panic, many weighed down by their armor and equipment they are reluctant to discard.
The battle ended with Islam's greatest victory! Khalid's small army despite being outnumbered courageously and ferociously fought on in the midst of the chaos losing only 20% of its original force. The Byzantine are believed to have lost at least half of their soldiers in the battle, most during the failed attacks on Khalid's flanks.
After the battle, Khalid and the armies of Abu Bakr pursued the retreating army, confronting them in Damascus where Vahan was killed. Emperor Heraclius returned to Antioch. He blamed himself for the disaster believing that it was God's judgement for his sins among them, his incestuous marriage to his niece Martina. He is said to have composed the following poem on his voyage:
Farewell, a long farewell to Syria, my fair province. Thou art an infidel's (enemy's) now. Peace be with you, O Syria – what a beautiful land you will be for the enemy.
There was no more resources left to hold the Levant. Heraclius took to sea on a ship back to Constantinople abandoning the Levant and its cathedrals and relics. Among the relics left behind, part of the true cross on which Christ was Crucified. The following years, the Byzantine empire tried to protect its remaining asstes, North Africa, Anatolia and Armenia which too were lost shortly afterwards to the rising tide of Islam.
The Battle Of Yarmouk was the battle that gave way to the age of Islamic conquest. Armenia, Anatolia, North Africa, Spain and Southern France fell to the conquering Arab armies only to be stopped thee hundred years later by Charles Martel at Poitiers and later to be driven out of Spain by El-cid then Fedinand and Isabella.
Byzantium unfortunately would also be lost under the rising tides of Islam. The last of the Roman empire vanished in the fifteenth century when Constantinople was conquered by the Turks and the tide would not stop until it reached the gates of Vienna in 1689.
What if Byzantium had won? What then? The armies of Mohamed perhaps would still make for Christian Europe or it would focus its eyes on China and the orient then in turmoil from internal strife or perhaps into the Northern Caucuses into Russia first.
Yarmouk is an important battle especially in these times where the conflict between Islam and the west is once again in sight and yet it is a forgotten battle.