The Mantle. You still hold to that [fairy tale] after all that has happened? After this thing has consumed a million worlds?Can't you see? Belief in the Mantle sealed our doom! Weakened our [protectorates], bred dependence and sloth. Our [so-called Guardianship] has stripped those we would keep safe of any capacity for self-defense!
Were we such noble [Guardians] when we drew our line and abandoned billions to the parasite?
-- The Librarian, excerpted from one of the last conversations between the IsoDidact and the Lifeshaper; Terminal 2, HALO 3
Friend or Foe?
Joe Biden has been forced to apologize to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates for saying at Harvard that both had been providing huge infusions of money and weapons to the ISIS terrorists who have beheaded Americans.
But what was Joe guilty of, other than blurting out the truth?
The terrorists of ISIS are today closing in on the Syrian-Kurdish city of Kobani on the Turkish border, having overrun scores of villages. A hundred thousand Syrian Kurds have fled into Turkey.
Yet though ISIS warriors are visible right across the border, and Turkey has the second largest army in NATO, with 3,500 tanks and 1,000 aircraft, the Turks are sitting on their hands, awaiting what may be a massacre.
Why? David Stockman quotes Turkish President Erdogan this weekend: “For us, ISIL and the (Kurdish) PKK are the same.”
Erdogan is saying a plague on both their houses. To Istanbul, the PKK are terrorists, as are the ISIS fighters the PKK is trying to keep from overrunning Kobani.
The United States, too, designates both the Islamic State and the PKK as terrorist organizations.Which terrorist organization do we want to win this battle?Who do we want to win the war between ISIS and the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra front on one side, and Assad’s regime, which Obama and John Kerry wanted to bomb in August of 2013?
Whose side are we on in Lebanon?This weekend, al-Qaida’s Syrian wing, Jabhat al-Nusra, lost 16 jihadists in an incursion into the Bekaa Valley. Who defended Lebanon and fought the terrorist intruders?
Hezbollah, which we have declared a terrorist organization.
Whose side are we on in the Hezbollah vs. al-Qaida war?
In Yemen last week, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, whom the United States has been attacking for years, sent a suicide bomber in an explosives-laden car into a hospital used by Houthi rebels, who have taken over the capital of Sanaa.
Are the Houthis America’s allies?Probably not, as they have plastered Sanaa with their slogans, “Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews, and victory to Islam.”
Just like the Forerunners, America has maintained a massive empire all over the world, and just like the Forerunners, the interventions made necessary by the existence of that empire have bred sloth and dependency in its protectorates.
The Shield World Strategy
It was not until America finally turned inward first, under Reagan, and began strengthening itself, that it was able to maintain peace without having to go to war halfway across the world. And it was at that point that the Flood of that day and age- namely, Communism- was forced to retreat in the face of American strength.
That strength built a military wall around America's shores. It broke the back of the Soviet military machine. It destroyed the ability of the Soviet economy to keep up. And it revealed Communism for the gigantic sham that it is. Most importantly, though, America's allies rediscovered their resolve, and realised that they too needed to buck up and join the fight in order to roll back the menace of Communism.
And because of those endless interventions and foolish dreams of prematurely ending those wars, the very people who most needed to learn how to defend themselves, have not developed the capacity, the ability, or the will to do so.
The end result is that a totalitarian ideology, dedicated to the extermination of all things that oppose it, is now on the march. Like the Flood, it is infecting the minds of those stupid and gullible enough to believe the promises of a new and better world order.
Inheritors of the Mantle
America is and has always been a great nation, one with a manifest sense of destiny. But it has lost its way. Like all great empires before it, America has become convinced that it alone has the ability to arbitrate in world affairs to the mutual satisfaction of all- despite mountains of evidence, and mountains of bodies, telling us otherwise.
It is high time that America abandoned this role of protector and saviour. It is time to stop pretending to be the World's Policeman, to hand back the traffic whistle, and to get back to maintaining "peace through strength"- unquestionable resolve, undeniable power, and impenetrable defences.
The unstoppable force of Islam- the Flood of our time- will expand and grow and conquer until such time as it encounters the immovable object that it cannot subsume. That immovable object must be American strength- there is no other nation that can do the job, for all of the rest have been weakened without and eaten away from within. But America cannot do this if it is stretched thin militarily and economically, supporting an empire that is crumbling before our very eyes.
The Forerunners misinterpreted their mandate of the Mantle- indeed, they rose up against their creators and destroyed them when it became clear that Forerunners were not in fact the intended heirs of the Mantle, and they maintained a policy of armed aggression toward any species that even looked like it might attempt to usurp Forerunner supremacy.
There are lessons here to be learned for the proper uses of the American military: defence of the homeland, wrathful destruction of her enemies, and nothing else. Sending out American soldiers to die in defence of a half-baked concept of a falling empire is not only stupid and vainglorious, it is unsustainable.
We ignore the lessons of the Forerunners and their utter defeat at the hands of the Flood at our own peril. An aggressive, expansionist empire is no bulwark against the barbarians- it is an invitation to them to walk in through the front door.