“What I despise most about warfare, is the hypocrisy if often breeds. I’ve heard euphemisms that we are ‘containing the enemy’, that our ‘sector of pacification is growing’. These are the tactics of the lie. Lies have the stench of death and defeat. You can only win a war by exterminating the enemy! Do you know who we are fighting? We are fighting Wolverines: small, ferocious animals. For them, you need a hunter. And as you know, I am a hunter. From this moment on, there will be no further reprisals against civilians. This was stupid. Impotence. Comrades, if a fox stole your chickens, would you slaughter your pig because he saw the fox? No! You would hunt down the fox, find where it lives and destroy it! How do we do this? Become a fox.”
Colonel Strelnikov (William Smith), Red Dawn (1984)
Veteran character actor Harry Dean Stanton has passed away at 91. I will always recall him in this riveting scene from Red Dawn (1984). A World War II veteran, he appeared in over 184 films and endless television shows. Whatever political beliefs he had, he kept to himself, unlike many in his profession. I will miss him.
When I was watching Red Dawn when it came out in 1984 I was thinking to myself whether this type of partisan resistance to an invasion of the United States would take place. I concluded that almost certainly it would. In the Revolution, after the Continental Army in South Carolina surrendered at Charleston, partisan bands under Francis Marion, Thomas Sumter and Andrew Pickens, and many lesser know figures, sprang up, and made life hell for the occupying British. When Washington sent troops to take back South Carolina, the partisans gave valuable intelligence and acted as force multipliers for the Continental troops and state militias. During the Civil War, similar partisan bands fought for the Confederacy and forced the Union to tie down huge amounts of troops guarding supply lines. After the Japanese invaded the Philippines, American and Filipino guerillas made certain that the Japanese had little control out in the countryside. The strategic situation set forth in the movie was fanciful, but the partisan war it depicted would have been a likely consequence of such an invasion.
Doubtless the occupying enemy would have tried an extensive propaganda effort: Continue Reading