Rule Five Unimaginable, Inevitable Friday

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson recently spoke with City Journal’s Brain C. Anderson to talk about his latest book, titled The End of Everything: How Wars Descend into Annihilation.  As you might guess from the title, this was a serious topic.  I can’t go through the whole interview – read it, by all means – but here’s the intro, and the real kicker:

Brian Anderson: So, in this new book, The End of Everything, you chronicle the demise of four civilizations, classical Thebes, Punic Carthage, Byzantine Constantinople, and then the Aztecs. And there can be, you write, degrees of obliteration, and you described them in each of these examples, but there are also striking similarities in the wartime destruction of whole societies. So I wonder, just to start out, how do you define the total destruction of a culture? What do you mean by that?

Victor Davis Hanson: Well, it’s different than just the obliteration of their infrastructure or the mass killing, as we saw during World War II when we firebombed Japan and we bombed Dresden and we left the Third Reich and the Japanese Empire a shell of their former selves, but we quickly allowed them to recalibrate under democratic auspices. And today there’s a thriving German culture. In some ways, there’s a continuity all the way back to the beginning of a united Germany. And the same is true of Japan. But what I was interested in is these rare occasions in history when a society, a civilization, a city state, an empire, a nation goes to war and they lose. And they not only lose their infrastructure—either it’s destroyed or simply absorbed and swallowed by the victor—but the civilization disappears. And by that, in the ancient world, in the pre-modern world, that’s usually either by mass murder or killing during combat in addition to enslavement. In all these cases that proved to be true.

This sounds a lot like what Hamas attempted on October 7th of last year.  It sounds a lot like what they would do to the United States, were they given the opportunity.

Consider also that the barbarians are already inside our gates.  While the Biden(‘s handlers) administration has literally thrown open the doors, illegal immigration has been a problem for decades; it’s probably inevitable when a wealthy, advanced nation shares a two-thousand-mile border with a poor, failed narco-state.  That doesn’t mean it’s not worth the effort, though, to enforce that order, or to kick illegals the hell out when they are caught.

The point is at this point, we have millions of people in the country who are here illegally.

We have very little idea who most of them are.  We don’t always know where they really came from, where they intend to go, or what they intend to do when they get there – but in some of those cases we had better assume the worst.

Dr. Hanson concluded:

I don’t think we have the ability to ensure that people are not coming into our country with ill intent. And I say that as someone who lives 12 miles away from a biolab in Reedley, California of all places, a little tiny agrarian town. Right in the very packing house where I worked as a kid, they found a Chinese biolab with vials on the floor of cholera, malaria, HIV, Covid, SARS virus, every deadly type of pathogen, and dead genetically engineered mice, right in the middle of this little town. And it was somebody with connections with the Chinese government who claimed that he was trying to create a testing service, but there was no evidence of that. No one to this day knows what it was all about, except it was very dangerous.

I think Dr. Hanson is a master of understatement.  Having been educated in biology, and also having been through the U.S. Army’s Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical warfare training, I will say that bugs scare me more than nukes or gas.  Bio-weapons are horrible; lethal, self-spreading; if they don’t scare the absolute kapok out of you, you need to read more on the topic.

Dr. Hanson is, I’m afraid, a voice crying out in the wilderness, as are many of us in the right-leaning media.  What’s coming may be inevitable, it’s for sure unimaginable, and it may be impossible to avoid.