The first rule in any Anti-Terrorist plan is to be fearless. Fearlessness is the antidote to terrorism because instilling fear and the trepidation accompanied by the over-reaction against civil liberties in the name of public safety by the government is the enemy objective.
The sacrosanct rule for every American citizen is to preserve, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, for the next generation. This is the inviolable oath of every elected official, public safety officer and military personnel. It must be honored without exception, even at the high cost of blood and treasure.
Sir Winston Churchill recounted this tradition, which is immortalized by the ancient story of the Roman soldier Horatius and his2 gallant comrades, who alone defended the single bridge into Rome from the invading Army of the Etruscans, led by the fierce General Lars Porsena:
“Then out spoke brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:
“To every man upon this earth, death cometh soon or late;
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods, “
A revival of American fearlessness will be the primary psychological weapon to fight a psychological war. Terrorism is by definition psychological warfare. It is a weapon of war meant to create fear among the population, demoralize the first response fighters, and degrade public confidence in their elected leaders ability to protect them. It is crucial for the general public to comprehend just what Terrorism is and what this tactic aims to do in order to combat it effectively; without surrendering our civil liberties to do it. A fearful public are too easy to manipulate and the fate of lemmings never ends well.
“Terrorism is a weapon of war. It is a psychological warfare tactic that targets the civilian population in a systemic manner through the threat of indiscriminate violence that renders the government helpless to stop it in the eyes of their constituents. Terrorist tactics erode the public confidence in their government’s ability to protect them from it. So in response, the government imposes harsh laws that limit liberty and seize more power away from the individual in an attempt to appear as protecting the public from the terrorists.
The terrorists objectives are to coerce the government into changing their policy by pressuring the public, through deft manipulation of media coverage and bombardment of psychological conditioning until they incrementally submit to the terrorist demands.” [Terrorism: What is it? Rockland Voice, Melé, 2014]
For example, the Sheriff of Rockland County, who has a keen grasp of his constitutional authority to honor his oath and protect the public without suspending any of the Bill of Rights, is authorized to deputize citizens with the training and acumen to defend their particular neighborhoods in cooperation with and supplement of Law Enforcement.
For instance, retired police officers, veterans, trained security professionals, national guardsmen, and New York Guard members in the event the need were to arise, should be entrusted and recruited into the terrorist fight, because they are a valuable resource and people who have taken an oath to do so if ever called upon again.
“The fiercest serpent may be overcome by a swarm of ants.” [Admiral Yamamoto, Imperial Japanese Navy]
A healthy respect for the Bill of Rights, balanced by the practicality of supplementing public safety with trusted members of the community, is a death blow to the terrorists objectives or any with a nefarious political agenda seeking to exploit public fear in order to advance it.
American government leaders must resist the compulsion to over-react to the point of morphing us into a police state. Such a flirtation with this abuse of power is just where the terrorist what to lead them as part of their plan to degrade public confidence.
Take a lesson dissecting the government reaction after the Boston Bombings. The city was locked down and plunged into martial law, where elements of the Bill of Rights were suspended, all in the name of public safety. Look at what 2 amateur radicalized Jihadist did to Boston’s civil liberties. Look at what 19 Jihadist hi-jackers did to the 4th Amendment, where the public must be subjected and accept the humiliation to basically strip naked and have their private property seized just to board a plane. Look at what this terrorist cell did do the nation of France and Belgium, turning them both into a Police State overnight. Learn from these examples as the antithesis of how we will react to such a threat.
From my perspective as a Federal Firearms Licensee, will I be compelled to surrender my custodial responsibilities of registered, cleared gun-owners without a warrant or specific name of a suspect to government authorities in the interest of public safety, but contrary to the Constitution? That will not make us any safer in the least, while it is morally reprehensible.
Re-think the policy of City-Lockdowns, stay home, surrender your right to keep and bear arms. Consider how the lemming blindly follows the leader into the cliffs. Look instead to the wisdom imparted to us by the founders, enshrined in our founding documents on how to protect against foreign invaders, domestic enemies, or any who would strip us of our hard fought liberties.
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
– Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778
To conquer global terrorists, we must first conquer our individual fear of them. Government leaders, to preserve public safety, first respect the public trust. Look to the American people and our unique history as a source of inspiration. Be each of us, as was the brave Horatius in the face of fearsome odds, be each of you, the Captain of the gate. The future of our free Republic will depend on each of us, guarding it fearlessly.