Η ΤΑΝ Η ΕΠΙ ΤΑΣ (Ḕ tā̀n ḕ epì tâs): “Come ago with your shield, or ~ above it.” This ancient Greek phrase, we’re called by no less an authority than Plutarch, to be an admonition given to Spartan warriors who were headed into battle. The general an interpretation was “victory or death,” the definition being victorious warriors returned house carrying your shields; the dead to be borne house on them. Just those who fled battle, shedding themselves of weapons and equipment come hasten your flight, came home without your shields. In short, come return there is no one’s shield to be to return without honor.

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Even today, the phrase still has meaning. I personally understand at least one modern warrior who had actually it tattooed ~ above his body. End the years, the phrase has actually evolved, however “return through honor” continues to be a fundamental tenet that US armed forces service. So as well does the tradition of never ever leaving a guy behind, and not leave the tools of one’s warrior job behind to loss into the hand of the enemy. So when any kind of of this things execute happen, the a large deal.

On 11 February, the net exploded v the sensational story of how US Marines guarding the us Embassy in Yemen were required to hand over their tools to Houthi militants prior to the americans were enabled to flee the country. The clean implication was that the Marines tucked tail and also ran, meekly turning over their tools as a condition for the privilege of being able to run away from a fight.

First reports of break news are virtually always wrong, especially when it requires reporting around the us military. So ns waited a few days before writing this write-up in the wishes that the story would acquire better.

It hasn’t.

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This whole situation is just one large bucket the “FAIL.”

As it transforms out, the Marines no “hand over” their weapons, they rendered them unserviceable, and THEN turned them over. Or something.  There is so much conflicting info out there the it is hard to separate truth from fiction at the moment yet the bottom line right here is, us Marines had actually weapons once they landed on the airport, and also didn’t have them as soon as they departed.

Marines . . . Providing up their tools in the face of a hostile force. This is the same naval Corps who risked everything to pensioner in great order native the Chosin Resevoir, bringing the end its wounded and also heavy equipment, while much of the army broke and fled. Not 2 generations later, Marines to be ordered to destroy their weapons before they might evacuate a enemy country, invoking pictures of us military equipment getting shoved right into the s in an earlier evacuation of a united state embassy. And to top it every off, they had to leaving the country on a advertisement airliner, favor a bunch of fearful tourists.

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There is so lot “fail” in this story, that a bucket no even start to organize it all.