Monday, September 23, 2019

Smoke and Mirrors

Many momentus events passed since last I posted.  Evil remains in ascendance and most are still asleep.

A story...

Riejun, barely on the job for a month, was assigned as part of a team to protect the envoy on a mission to a hostile country.  The envoy, her mission was to negotiate with a warlord who, to no one's shock, was torturing his people, destroying his country, and creating more misery for an area with a long history of misery...

Patriotic to a fault, young and naïve, Riejun went on the mission to do his job, protect the envoy, serve his country.  This was Riejun's first trip to a real, cesspit... he'd seen poor areas at home, but nothing like where he traveled.  The filth, decay, corruption, heat, were more than he'd witnessed in his other travels.  But of all the things he saw on the trip, the one that stuck with him and started to open his eyes?  The complete fraud that was his mission...  His team didn't have the assets to really protect the envoy, "smoke and mirrors" he was told.  Bluff, intimidate, rely on the power of your country to stop anyone from harming you or the envoy.

This may have worked in a civilized world, but as we saw a few years later, evil doesn't play by civilized rules.  Our "smoke and mirrors" were not enough to stop the coming wars...

Smoke and Mirrors are not enough to defeat a determined foe, to vanquish evil.  One must fight, commit real resource, engage in real battle, shed blood...  Stand strong and be ready to engage with all available resources.

Wake up and look at your world, this is not normal, nor right, nor good...

Riejun

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