Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Advice for Marines

This story of how Gen. John J. “Blackjack” Pershing dealt with Islamist terror in the Philippines in 1911 was posted in a discussion at The Command Post:

Pershing detailed a patrol to bring in six known terrorists who had slain women and children in a backwoods village. The terrorists were required to dig their own graves, and then were lashed to stakes to await the firing squad. Several pigs were brought before them for slaughter.

“When you are buried,” the officer of the detail told the terrorists, “we will bury the pig offal with you. You’ll never see paradise.” And no virgins, either.

One of the terrorists was allowed to “escape” to return to his fellows to tell the awful story, as Pershing knew he would. There was no more trouble in the neighborhood for years, for long after Pershing was long gone to France to command American doughboys in the Great War.

Bet it has the same effect today as it did then.