Be Strong, and of Good Courage

FVhF8GUBack many years ago before the real beginning of the modern world, back in the heady days not long after Henry VIII had turned England from being an adjunct of Europe to looking out on the world, not long after the Battle of the Solent where Henry beat of Francis I’s French fleet, and lost the Mary Rose. Not long after the smaller although more famous Armada attacked Elizabeth and she beat off the last attempt to re-catholicize England by force. Not long after all these earth-shaking events, Sir Walter Raleigh said.

“Whoever commands the sea, commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself.”

Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz reminded us of those words on the day of his retirement as Chief of Naval Operations of the United States Navy.They were true when Raleigh said them, indeed they were true when Athens defeated Sparta, when Rome defeated Carthage, when Nelson triumphed at Trafalgar, when Nimitz triumphed at Tokyo Bay. They are true today.

When you look at HMS Victory in Portsmouth, or when you look at USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, or USS Constellation in New York you are looking at an artefact of world-wide power, and the reason that the world is mostly free.

The best definition of a superpower is this: A superpower is a country which is able to exert great force far from home. By that standard, there have been two, and only two in modern history, the British Empire, and the United States, and in many ways they have become indistinguishable, to the world’s benefit.

All the others have been able to exert great force, but only regionally. Spain, France, Germany, and now Russia in Europe, and Japan and now China in Asia. They are all regional powers.

For instance, Britain has fought four wars in Afghanistan, Germany and Russia have never fought a war outside of Europe. Britain fought a war in China, America fought Japan all across the Pacific both victoriously

Since that day in 1588 when Medina-Sidonia passed beyond the chance of success, some would say the day when the Golden Hind returned from its circumnavigation, the seas have been ruled by the English Speaking peoples. The modern world has been created by the singular fact that anywhere in the world, at any moment, the situation could be controlled by the militaries of first England and then the United States, and increasingly by both, joined by Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

This is why the world speaks English, this is why the common law is enshrined in so many countries. Indeed this is why the world is as modern as it is.

If you were an Islamic Imam striving to keep your seventh century world intact, would you hate people like these?

Americans energetically pursue commerce, science, medicine, technology and the arts. When these designs are halted by conflict, they energetically pursue absolute, decisive, and ruthless destruction of their enemies. After visiting violence and securing victory they energetically return to the pursuit of commerce, science, medicine, technology and the arts. (from Great Satan’s Girlfriend)

Great Satan, indeed, if your mission is to enslave your followers in the seventh century, because deep in your bones you know your slaves all want to go there, especially all those women and girls you’ve been enslaving and mutilating for millennia. And how uncouth is it when your wonderful warriors are scattered all over the landscape–by a girl. Sometimes, it is good to be hated. Many Nigerian blacks in the nineteenth century hated both the British and American Navies for taking away their living, by ending the slave trade.

Mahan famously said that Napoleon was defeated by “Those distant, storm-tossed ships, never seen by the Grande Armeé, were all that stood between it and world domination.” He was right. And as it was for Napoleon, so it was for Hitler and Tojo, separated by the beleaguered Empire forces in the Levant and the Burma-India theater, and so it was for the Soviet Union, which received its death notice from a young American president in October 1962, when its ships turned back from Cuba.

And so it is today, as the révanchist forces of Islam and Imperial Russia attempt to confront the free world. It is simply a matter of time and will before they, like all enemies of freedom are first contained and then destroyed by free people. The only way for us to lose, is to give up. They will kill many and cause much damage but history says that they cannot win.

Unless we let them.

The Honorable Daniel Hannan had some questions for us last weekend at CPAC

First published on 10 March 2014

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15 Responses to Be Strong, and of Good Courage

  1. Hzahk, he’zedik! Bad transliteration. Joshua gets a divine pep talk before conquering the promised land. “Be strong and courageous, for the Lord our God is with you wherever you go.” We, in America, as in the past in Britannia, are spurred on by the appeal to our righteous cause. More often that not our cause was not so righteous. Now, as we battle the new tyranny of empire out of control (godless, in other words), we do well to heed these words and continue to courageously champion what is right instead of what is safe (politically correct).

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    • NEO says:

      Yes, That’s why I brought this post back up, It’s an important message and easy to lose track of.

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  2. Thanks, NEO, for the excellent article and video. Pertinent to the November 4th elections? Obviously.

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, they are in my mind, although I’ve written little this time, they are critical. Been rather a long and horrific year, time to change things.

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  3. the unit says:

    Daniel Hannan. He couldn’t have been reading from a teleprompter. Tele would have to be like a tennis ball from Wimbledon going back and forth. Now that’s smartest man in the room. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      He is indeed a very smart man, and a very good guide for us 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Yes, sorry I didn’t say I liked the message. I just knew for us it was the truth.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, I took your comment that way. For us, and the Brits, the Canadians, the Australians, even the Indians, and many more, pretty much anyplace in the world colored red on a 1900 map. Wonder if any will hear?

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        • the unit says:

          Yes, even a Navaho high school is being attacked by libs for calling themselves Redskins.

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        • NEO says:

          I hadn’t seen that but, I’ve been involved with something else the last few days, so I’m behind. Doesn’t surprise me though.

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        • the unit says:

          I can’t give the link, but sure it’s online. It had to be on some place like Drudge or HotAir, as I don’t go to weird sites. But am going back to look.

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        • NEO says:

          Appreciate it, Unit.

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        • the unit says:

          Maybe you went and looked up the story. It was WP. More than a thousand comments. Interesting to me how some said…little school should have no sway on the way it goes. That’s the part of the Constitution Harry Reid did away with, with the nuclear option.

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