Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Isaac.


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"as they [the British] allow no other alternative than submission, or confinement in the capital, at a distance from my wife and family, at a time when they are in the most pressing need of my presence and support, I must, for the present, yield to the demands of the conquerors. I request you to bear in mind, that previous to my taking this step, I declare that it is contrary to my inclination, and forced on me by hard necessity. I will never bear arms against my country … I do not mean to desert the cause of America." - - I. Hayes.

From the  Internet web site ExecutedToday.com thanks to the tip from Freeper.

Violation of military parole. Sentence of death carried out.

"1781: Isaac Hayne, paroled prisoner of war"

"On this date in 1781, South Carolina patriot Isaac Hayne was hanged for breaking his conditional British parole and re-enlisting in the American Revolution. Though Hayne is not, to us, the most famous revolutionary executed by the British, he might have been considered by his contemporaries as the most prominent individual to go to the scaffold for the cause."

Isaac having been captured by the British but released under a condition of parole. Agreeing [Isaac] not rejoin the hostilities fighting on the side of the American revolutionaries.

Isaac for his violation of parole having made the ultimate sacrifice.

Isaac a prominent planter and a true Carolina gentleman as he would have been referred to at the time. A major slave owner wealthy and in that sense the "most prominent individual" executed by the British during the American Revolutionary War.

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Monday, August 2, 2021

Active.

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We are talking the Hamid Karzai airport Kabul and not Bagram.

Turks to the rescue?

As reported by "Breitbart" the article by JOHN HAYWARD.

"Erdogan Wants U.S. to Pay for Turkish Troops in Afghanistan"

"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday demanded funding from the United States for a force of Turkish troops that could prospectively guard the airport in Kabul after U.S. forces complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan."

AS DESCRIBED SIMPLE GUARD DUTY AND NOT COUNTER-INSURGENCY!

Yet one more instance of the Turk wanting to assume a more active role as a regional power and beyond. A consistent pattern slow and steady and undeniable hardly has abated but only increases.

Turks want to play a bigger role in the world geo-political strategic considerations and intrigue but insist on the USA paying? USA involvement in Afghan hardly going to end with American military withdrawal.

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Cathedral.

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I must admit this does fail to impress. Architecture with a military significance profound.

Courtesy once more to the Internet web site Russia Beyond the article by Igor Palkin.

"A giant BLACK cathedral from remelted weapons appears in Russia (PHOTOS)"

HOUSE OF WORSHIP AS DEDICATED TO THE RUSSIAN/SOVIET DEAD OF WORLD WAR TWO.

"With its dark-green exterior and stairs forged out of melted German tanks - and containing some of Hitler’s belongings, including his military cap - the Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces now stands tall just outside Moscow. And it’s already the most discussed Orthodox place of worship in the country."

Great symbolism embedded into the design!!

"The cathedral is bursting with symbolism. For instance, the pedestal of the main dome is another - measuring 19.45 meters in diameter. The pedestal itself features eight windows. Meanwhile, the dome measures 22.43 meters in height. These measurements symbolize the signing of the German Instrument of Surrender on May 8, 1945, at precisely 10:43 PM. "

Forgive me for not converting those dimensions into inch/foot/yard but the symbolism of the metrics must not be obscured or confused.

"Another detail can be gleaned in the 14.18 meter smaller domes, signifying the 1,418 days the war lasted for."

ALL THIS WOULD HAVE SURPRISED JOE STALIN? 

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

BEN/PAP.

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Chinese paramilitary in Cuba? Chinese?

"paramilitary - -  adj:. Of, relating to, or being a group of civilians organized in a military fashion, especially to operate in place of or assist regular army troops. n. A group of civilians trained and organized in a military fashion, but which do not represent the formal forces of a sovereign power"

From Breitbart and thanks to same.

"Report: Chinese Paramilitary Trained Cuban ‘Black Beret’ Repressive Force"

"The independent outlet ADN Cuba published photos late Thursday reportedly showing members of Cuba’s 'black beret' repressive forces training alongside the Chinese People’s Armed Police (PAP), a paramilitary force deployed to repress Uyghurs, Tibetans, and Hong Kong protesters."

BEN THE CUBAN ELITE PARAMILITARY HEAD-KNOCKER UNIT! AS TRAINED BY THE CHINESE ANALOG PAP..

Normally any sort of foreign military activity [even if paramilitary] frowned on by USA!

"Fotos obtenidas por ADN Cuba evidencian que la Brigada Especial Nacional (BEN), entrenada para reprimir a la ciudadanía, recibió preparación del grupo paramilitar Fuerza de Policía Armada del Pueblo Chino (PAP), involucrado en las protestas de Hong Kong."

"Photos obtained by ADN Cuba show that the National Special Brigade (BEN), trained to repress citizens, received training from the paramilitary group Chinese People's Armed Police Force (PAP), involved in the Hong Kong protests."

Yet one more image of BEN/PAP personnel together. Look a the SVD sniper rifle those two Cubanos carrying? For SWAT type of action presumably. SVD weapon considered to be so deadly import to the USA forbidden.

We might be hearing more about this?

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Orlov.


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Current [2021] Russian military ground/naval/air activity in the Levant is decidedly not unique. 

"The Levant . . . is an approximate historical geographical term referring to a large area in the Eastern Mediterranean region of Western Asia."

All thanks to the Russian Internet web site "Russia Beyond" and BORIS EGOROV.

All this an previously unknown to me. A demonstration of Imperial Russian naval prowess. The Russian-Turkish war of 1768-1774 and a foray of the Russian into foreign waters successful, Admiral Orlov in command.

1. "The GREATEST victory in the history of the Russian Navy"

"The Destruction of the Turkish Fleet in the Bay of Chesme"

“'The water, mixed with blood and ash, had a foul appearance. Burned corpses floated on the waves, so many that it was difficult to sail through the port,'” 

2. "When the Russians conquered Beirut"

"The first Russian military bases in the Middle East could have been built as far back as the 18th century."

"On September 29, 1773, Russian forces first entered Beirut. For the first time in many centuries, one of the oldest cities of the Levant (once used to describe a large area of the Eastern Mediterranean) saw European boots marching through it. But what took Russian soldiers so far from home?"

GREATEST NAVAL VICTORY? RUSSSIAN NAVAL STRENGTH USUALLY PERCEIVED AS PROBLEMATIC, GEOGRAPHIC AND CLIMATIC CONDITIONS NORMALLY CONSTRICTING AND CONFINING OPERATIONS.

War water ports too and the desire for same always cited by Russian/Soviet experts as a possible cause for Russian/Soviet territorial expansion at all times in history since Peter the Great.

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Niccolo.


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And what would Niccolo say?

From the Internet web site Small Wars Journal and thanks to same. The article by Chad M. Pillai.

"Machiavelli and our Wars in the Middle East"

"Fundamental principles" as enunciated by Machiavelli hardly should hardly be confined to the wars of the Middle East. Are eternal "fundamental principles" and should be understood fully well as being so.

Several paragraphs as extracted in entirety, verbatim:

"To avoid hubris, senior political and military leaders should have read closely Niccolò Machiavelli book 'The Prince' on what a ruler should expect when conquering foreign land. In chapters four and five, Machiavelli lays out the fundamental principles a ruler needed to understand before embarking on conquest by highlighting the differences between the Kingdom of France and the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire. To briefly paraphrase Machiavelli's advice in chapter four, he wrote that states that are hard to conquer are easy to rule while states that are easy to conquer are hard to rule."  

"In chapter five [The Prince], Machiavelli providers further advice on what to expect when conquering another with the following words:"

"When a state accustomed to live in freedom under its own laws is acquired, there are three ways of keeping it:  the first is to destroy it, the second is to go to live there in person; the third is to let it continue to live under its own laws, taking tribute from it, and setting up a government composed of a few men who will keep it friendly to you.  Such a government, being the creature of the prince, will be aware that it cannot survive without his friendship and support, and it will do everything to maintain his authority.  A city which is used to freedom is more easily controlled by means of its own citizens than by any other, provided one chooses not to destroy it."

EASY TO CONQUER, HARD TO RULE. HARD TO CONQUER, EASY TO RULE?

My instantaneous thought was Japan and German in the post-WW2 era. American success story in both cases?

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Thousands.

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Alarmist and unjustified??

From Forbes and the article by David Axe.


"To have any chance of conquering Taiwan, China might need to transport as many as two million troops across the rough 100 miles of the Taiwan Strait and land them under fire at the island’s 14 potential invasion beaches or 10 major ports. That’s a lot of people—far, far more than the People’s Liberation Army Navy can haul in its 11 new amphibious ships. To transport the bulk of the invasion force, Beijing almost certainly would take up into naval service thousands of civilian ships. To that end, the Chinese Communist Party has created a legal and bureaucratic framework for taking over control of commercial shipping."

Headline by itself might make readers think the "huge fleet" assembling right now, invasion of Taiwan imminent? 

See previous blog entries several appreciations the difficulties the Chinese would have if the go-ahead given to invade Taiwan:



Within perspective: Husky [invasion of Sicily WW2] about three-thousand ships required. Overlord [invasion of Normandy WW2] about five-thousand ships required.

And don't forget Pluto [undersea pipeline for fuel] or Mulberry [artificial harbor] as was also needed for the Normandy Invasion in the aftermath of troop landings and secure beaches.

Lieutenants think tactics. Generals think logistics.

Normandy was no picnic for the allies and we can easily assume Taiwan will not be a picnic for the Chinese either.

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