Three Simple Words

As I reflect upon the 13th anniversary of the first major attack on CONUS soil by a foreign entity since the War of 1812 (I don’t include Japanese fire balloons during World War II as “major”), I affirm that the three words that formed my first thought upon learning that the World Trade Center was actually attacked still frame my idea of what should shape the American Republic’s policy toward both those who would directly attack our Republic and those who would finance or support attacks upon our Republic:

Oderint dum metuant.

Understanding the efficacy of this principle was one of the sanest thoughts of the often-reviled Roman emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (a.k.a. “Caligula”).

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