Avoiding Barcelona

(Or, how to discourage barbarism) 

Psychological warfare is a term that denotes actions designed to evoke a specific reaction in other people.  There are various techniques, of course, but all of these are aimed at influencing a target’s value system, their belief system, emotions, motives, reasoning, and their behavior.  It works.  And it seems to me that if, by employing such methods against a common enemy we actually save the lives of the innocents, then we ought to employ psychological warfare at every opportunity.  I suspect that we don’t do this because our minds have been affected by a brain cancer called political correctness.

The other day, my good friend “Z” reported another one of President Trumps tweets wherein he suggested, in response to the attack in Barcelona, that we ought to do as General Pershing once did in the Philippines, which was to dip bullets in pig blood before shooting Moslem extremists.  Apparently, swine is anathema to the Moslem faith.  In any case, Z was reporting on a story published in the Washington Examiner; the headline was Trump Resurrects Tall Tale About General Pershing and Muslims After Barcelona Terror Attack.

Well, except that the story doesn’t fit the headline; it may not have been a “tall tale” after all.  In the same article, author Caitlin Yilek explains that pigs were used by Pershing’s troops in their war against Moslems.

“… there are historical accounts of U.S. soldiers burying pigs alongside dead Muslim fighters in the Philippines’ Moro Province.

“The tactic was supposedly used to scare Islamic insurgents known as “juramentados” into halting their attacks. To Muslims, pigs are unholy and the insurgents feared that if they died, Pershing’s practice would deny them entry into heaven.

“… A 2009 biography of Pershing by Jim Lacey, a military analyst for the Institute for Defense Analyses, claimed to confirm that Pershing did use the tactic.  ‘Until now the historical verdict was that this was only a vicious rumor and, while it may have happened on occasion, Pershing neither knew about it, nor, given his humane outlook, would have condoned such an action. That verdict is wrong as Pershing’s own unpublished autobiography states.’

“The book then cites an unpublished letter by Pershing, stating: ‘These juramentado attacks were materially reduced in number by a practice the Army had already adopted, one that the Mohammedans held in abhorrence: Their bodies were publicly buried in the same grave with a dead pig. It was not pleasant to have to take such measures but the prospect of going to hell instead of heaven sometimes deterred the would-be assassins.’”

Significantly, this tactic worked and more than likely saved a number of lives —both those of the American soldiers and among Moslems themselves.  War is not all about killing an enemy; it is about winning a war.  Killing other human beings is secondary.  If a nation can win a war without shedding any blood at all, then that is what nations ought to be doing.  So far in human history, I have not heard of winning a war without shedding blood … but I do admit it is a lofty goal.  Even if not entirely possible, we should avoid killing if we can and this takes us back to psychological warfare.

The goal of psychological warfare is to demoralize one’s enemy.  We want him to quit the battlefield.  We want the enemy to decide that there are means other than violence in resolving human differences, and this is especially true when the enemy targets unarmed, innocent civilians who are guilty of nothing worse than going to a mall to do some shopping.  If we hope to demoralize Moslem extremists, then in my judgment there is no better way of doing that than by tossing a bloody pork chop into the grave of a dead Moslem.

If doing such a thing has the effect of discouraging extremism (generally), or saving the life of innocent men, women, and children (specifically) … then that is exactly what we ought to be doing.  I will go one step further: if we do not employ such tactics in our war opposing barbarism, then WE are no better than the Moslem swine who murder our loved ones in cold blood —because we have at our disposal the means of preventing the death of innocents, but elect not to employ those means.

If we want to discourage barbarism, if we want to save the lives of innocents, then western nations need to grow a set of balls and use ALL the tools of war at our disposal.



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18 Responses to Avoiding Barcelona

  1. John M. Berger says:

    “one that the Mohammedans held in abhorrence: Their bodies were publicly buried in the same grave with a dead pig.”

    That seems, to me, to be a waste of a good pig. Why not economize by just using pig excrement?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mustang says:

      Not a bad idea, John … but then we’d need environmental impact statements. You know how government bureaucracies are …


  2. John M. Berger says:


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    • Mustang says:

      We need fewer bureaucracies, and along with that, fewer bureaucrats. And while we’re at it, far, far, fewer politicians.


  3. geeez2014 says:

    Found this and believe it’s correct….”Many critical commentators believe Trump’s tweet revived the specific story about Pershing and the bullets dipped in pigs’ blood that he told during the campaign. But because Trump was not specific about the tactics he was referring to, it is not possible to tell with certainty. He could also have been referring to the burials cited in Pershing’s memoirs. In either case, Trump’s claim that Pershing’s treatment of captured militants was the prime reason for the end of the insurgency is not supported by historical fact.”

    By the way, Mustang, I believe you also know that I’ve said for years that we can’t win until we stop being the only nice guys, that I was sick of even suggestions of demanding Miranda Rights for terrorists, or that we can’t shoot into mosques in Afghanistan because ‘they’re holy,’ as our kids are being killed from inside those ‘holy places’ (a situation I believe is a perfect metaphor for our inability to fight tough enough because their ‘religion’ seems more important than American lives), that people from that region thrive on PRIDE and we need to destroy theirs to succeed…I could go on and on but you know very well how much I believe their barbarism needs to be met with ours.

    I will repeat, however, that Trump needs to get his facts straight….when he’s already been corrected, he might either not build on what’s not 100% factual, or get the facts and then Tweet.

    I also know our other ‘good friend,’ AOW is 1000% correct when she suggests that we will NEVER EVER win this war, no matter how much porcine materials we use, until we can convince islamists that they’re not going to heaven for killing infidels. Anything less than that will never work.

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  4. Mustang says:
    @ Z … You are correct to observe that until the West takes the Islamist threat seriously, we cannot win the war. It does not matter if we win all the battles; we must win the war. IMO, the western media is Islam’s greatest weapon. Thank you for your thoughtful comment.


  5. John M. Berger says:

    “we’d need environmental impact statements.”
    While we are at it I think we should have “environmental impact statements” regarding the mere presence of these Moslem Vermin given that [they] present a much greater threat than ” pig excrement”!

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    • Mustang says:
      Right. Of course, there is the generally held notion that “most” Moslems are peaceful folk who do not subscribe to extremism. I would concede this notion were it not for the fact that ALL Moslems deify the Koran, which is nothing but “kill the infidel wherever you find him.” And should you come across a Moslem who does not believe that, then you have found one who is apostate. I’ll send a tweet to President Trump nominating you as the Secretary of Homeland Security.


  6. Kid says:

    Spot On. The moslems are laughing at us, raping us, living off our hard earned $ and are about to chew us up and spit us out.

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    • Mustang says:

      You will love hearing about the Moslem who will become the next governor of Michigan. Oh yeah, it gets better every single day.


  7. Kid says:

    How many have they killed in Sweden. Not enough to spit at, yet they have all but taken Sweden. The wonderful peaceful ones are breeding them out. The Swedish government declared it is time to integrate with islam, you don’t integrate with islam.

    I never wanted to know anything about islam, have never actively researched it, yet, just by osmosis, I know 100 times more about it than most of the islamic world.

    In hindsight, we should have nukled Mecca with the declaration that further terrorist acts in civilized countries would be met with massively outsized responses. This is how you deal with a bully. He steals your lunch. You and 10 of your pals beat the living snot out of him. He does it again, you put him in the hospital for 6 months. 3rd time? Bullet to the head. I ahte living with sheep, but that’s the ratio we are dealing with of sheep, sheepdogs, and wolves.

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  8. Kid says:

    …then most of the Non-islamic world…..


  9. We need to devise non-lethal porcine projectiles.
    Or pork-spray.
    That might work. 🙂
    The argument over what Trump said from people on “our side” seems like picking at nits to me.
    Embellishment is always a good story-telling technique.

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    • Mustang says:

      My preference would be never engaging in anything with Moslems that wasn’t lethal. I agree with you about embellishment but of course the left comes not to praise Trump but to bury him.

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  10. John M. Berger says:

    Yes, “pork spray”; it should be in the purse of every real European woman!

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