Let Cry the Dogs of War: Why Americans Must Understand the Reality of Terrorism

Sit down. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath, and focus. For fifteen seconds, count down in your head: one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand, three-one-thousand, and on. Did it feel indeterminately long? Did the seconds tick past with a monotony you failed to anticipate? Were you bored?

Allow me to alleviate you of your boredom.

Your name is Daniel Pearl. Nick Berg. Owen Armstrong. Jack Hensley. Kenneth Bigley. Paul Johnson, Jr. Aasiya Zubair, New York. Lee Rigby, London; the list goes on. You’ve just been beheaded.

According to numerous scientific studies, for fifteen seconds after the heart ceases beating you are left with conscious awareness as your brain burns away its last remnants of oxygen. It’s basic biology. Also basic biology: there are external, common, and internal carotid arteries in the human neck, a detail the average person is unaware of when considering length of time to bleed out from a slit throat. The action of slashing the most topical artery produces the first, heavy arterial flow, but not the fastest, not by far. Even when the internal carotid is severed, it can take two solid minutes to bleed to death from an unchecked flow. Two minutes: 120 seconds. Disturbingly – or not, if we’re looking at this from a purely informational standpoint – in-depth research shows once the head is fully disconnected from the body an electroencephalogram, or EEG, continues to register brain activity and mental awareness on the Hertz level associated with consciousness and cognition for four seconds or more. During those seconds eyes blink, mouths gape with final gasps for survival, and the brain continues its attempts to decipher what has happened, most likely in utter confusion. Your neck is full of nerve endings continuously sending signals to your brain: a fatty layer, tissue, muscle, ligaments, tendons, veins, arteries, and, of course, solid bone.

Terrorism SideWriters are often told to avoid writing in the first person. It detracts from the quality of our work, we are told; it can give it a somewhat juvenile taste. But there are times even the best journalistic rules are meant to be broken. I watched the videos of the beheadings when they were first released; the first was in 2002: Daniel Pearl, the journalist. However, a decade-plus is a long time, and many changes are wrought in our thinking and reactions through age and experience, and so, before putting finger to keyboard, as it were, I returned to the grainy footage of the brutal executions.

In Daniel Pearl’s video, he is pictured obviously parroting words forced upon him by his captors before the attack begins; because that’s what it is, an attack. Your heart cannot help but break for this proud man, this family man, a musician, a wordsmith. It’s easy to tell yourself the horror of the actual beheading is somewhat dulled by the way the propaganda film has been poorly spliced; although my heart stuttered in my chest, and my fingers itched for vengeance, I moved on. In the end, Nick Berg’s videotaped demise gripped me hardest. I watched the video in silence while, for four minutes prior to his gruesome, heartless murder, he sits, bound and undoubtedly drugged – probably with the strong opiates rampantly available in the Middle East – while the cowardly masked men behind him spout imbecilic and undoubtedly puerile hatred in Arabic.

For four minutes, I ignore them; I watch Nick. He’s dazed, drugged, and has surely been dragged from his prison for countless similar episodes of propaganda garbage. His legs twitch. His shoulders sway. He is alive. Knowing what is to come, my all-too-human brain decides now’s the time to rebel. An advertisement for a video about the top 10 dangerous dogs catches my eye, and I find my mind begin to consider which ten they consider dangerous. Catching myself, I nudge my own dog with my foot, and he turns expectantly, hoping for a cookie. Out of boredom? No. A desperate distraction borne of premature horror. I have, after all, seen this before. And then, then they are upon him, dragging him up by his hair, and the screams ring out. As usual for these murders, a knife is used, and it takes time to complete the process. His mouth opens; blood bubbles out. His killer laboriously saws through layers of tissue and muscles. And his screams go on. With eyes filled with tears, and throat choked with rage, I watch Nick Berg die.

When it’s over, I spend a moment blank-faced staring at the appropriately gathering thunder clouds outside. Then, on a sigh, and with a brush of fingers to remind myself I am protected, here, in my home, I watch the video again. Remember, I order my horrified mind, see what they do; who they are.

Terrorism Side2Americans in general have a serious case of head-in-sand disease. Not only do they refuse to admit there’s evil in the world, evil so filthy and vile it would, say, behead a man with a dull buck knife, they recoil from the evidence. No, the public cries, you cannot show proof of the craven, sadistic killers who would cut a bloody swath across our nation were they given half a chance. No pictures, no overly-graphic words in print, and certainly no videos. Heaven forbid Americans be faced with the bloody truth.

On September 11, 2001, a pair of commercial airliners hijacked by self-important, crazed terrorists crashed into the Twin Towers in New York, murdering 2,977 souls. The souls of the 19 terrorists do not hold enough value to be added to the final tally; in my book, also, they are soulless. An amazing number of people seem to forget those in the Towers didn’t immediately die. No, there was no merciful sudden and unexpected cessation of life for countless Americans on that day. There are many ways to die in a combination explosion-fire-collapse, and for some, the searing heat of the flames and the horror of burning to death led them to throw themselves from windows for what they must have prayed would be a quicker end. Imagine, if not yourself, your husband, wife, mother, father, sibling, or child, trapped, terrified, and praying for mercy in the face of certain death. Despite these realities, some Americans demand mercy and understanding for the perpetrators, while countless more refuse to bear witness to reality.

No sane person enjoys exposing an innocent mind to depravity and horror. It’s in our natures as parents, adults – as protectors of those weaker than us – to shield others from pain. However, a serious mistake is being made, and it’s being written in the annals of American history. Beheadings and other evidence of the evils being perpetrated in the name of Islam are not only not being shown but are carefully and methodically removed from the internet. According to Einstein, blind belief in authority, such as government, is truth’s most ferocious enemy. “You don’t need to see that,” the powers-that-be soothe, “Don’t worry your pretty little head,” a woman is minimized and dismissed in similar words. When the Boston Phoenix dared publish a photograph and list a link to the beheading of Nick Berg, they were suffocated beneath an ocean of outrage. While such horror – and terror – is understandable, it’s wrong. It’s our prerogative, no, our inalienable right, no, our duty, to see the truth of our enemy’s actions. Images from and footage of beheadings and other atrocities should be displayed by the national media.

The American people as a whole are in desperate need of a reminder. We don’t invade foreign countries simply hoping to dip greedy hands into pockets of oil. Navy SEALs do not carry out countless classified missions because they have nothing better to do. These insurgents, these terrorists, are lower than pond scum. They are lower than mycoplasma genitalium, a parasitic bacterium found in the bladder of primates and known to science as one of the smallest living organisms on earth. But actions speak louder than words, and in the videos, which can sometimes be tracked down on sites such as Live Leaks, you can bear witness to their actions. You can refuse to back down.

Terrorism Side 4To those detractors who claim the videos of beheadings are nothing but extravagant theater, it can only be said they are suffering from the most severe form of head-in-sand disease, advanced to faecal encephalopathy (feel free to look it up). As a Biology major, and someone with years of emergency medicine experience, I assure you, the videos are quite real. Conspiracy sites howling about a lack of Hollywood-level theatrical gore, attire (Really? He’s wearing orange? Well, of course he couldn’t have been beheaded, orange is, of course, a natural repellant of large knives and crazy men.), chairs, and audio track are simply trying to comfort themselves. These protestations are the security blanket of the weak. Driven by an asinine desire to proclaim, no, the boogeyman cannot be real, they spout their proclamations as loudly and vehemently as possible. It is, after all, a natural human response: the monsters aren’t real, we plead, there’s no killer in the closet, no knife-wielding maniac under the bed.

Sadly, the boogeyman is real. There is a killer in the closet. Maybe not your personal closet, but there is, in far too many American closets, a pile of apathy and a sort of willful nescience. A refusal to open their eyes and admit there are those both within and without our borders who wish us harm – a refusal which does no good other than to stunt our defense and deprive our military of incredibly well-earned gratitude. By refusing to show what some deem disturbing or offensive real-life footage on the television – while, ironically, displaying all kinds of Hollywood-generated perversities and violence simultaneously – we are dishonoring the memories of our dead. Not only those tortured, mutilated, dismembered, and beheaded, but also those murdered by jihadists in general. Consider the 1983 suicide bombings of the Marine barracks in Beirut, the suicide bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, or the 1996 Khobar Towers bombings against the United States Air Force. Consider 9-11. Consider Benghazi.

Sit down. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath, and focus. This time, imagine the most mind-blowing, body-wracking, all-encompassing agony in the world. It may last for four seconds, seven seconds, 15 seconds, or more. You’re being beheaded by terrorists who hate America. And when footage of your murder reaches the States, who will do you the honor of bearing witness to the atrocity of your murder? Who will avenge you? The boogeyman is real, and he flies under the sword of Islam. He is the insurgent, the terrorist, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda; he is ISIS. America can deny his existence no longer.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Katherine Ainsworth

Katherine is a military and political journalist with a reputation for hard-hitting, no-holds-barred articles. Her career as a writer has immersed her in the military lifestyle and given her unique insights into the various branches of service. She is a firearms aficionado and has years of experience as a K9 SAR handler, and has volunteered with multiple support-our-troops charities for more than a decade. Katherine is passionate about military issues and feels supporting service members should be the top priority for all Americans. Her areas of expertise include the military, politics, history, firearms and canine issues.
Katherine Ainsworth

13 thoughts on “Let Cry the Dogs of War: Why Americans Must Understand the Reality of Terrorism

  1. “Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war”—William Shakespeare in “Julius Caesar”. Yes, we have suffered these savages far too long and it is past time to annihilate them as we once did the Nazis and Japanese war lords. Our problem is that our so called leadership does not know how to lead and has convinced these animals that they can prey upon Americans with impunity. We need to hunt these animals down and kill them just as we would packs of rabid dogs regardless of the locations of their lairs. Since they are attacking us from different countries, those countries should be put on notice that their guests are subject to execution by any means available with or without the country’s consent. Let then lodge an official protest to the U.N. if they object.

  2. Justice demands the deaths of all who support those supposedly human cowards. But with the “spineless wonder” in the White House we will have to wait to finally see justice done.

  3. Perhaps if you are going to quote Shakespeare, you ought to do so accurately and in the correct context. The quote is from the play ‘Julius Caesar’ and is arguably in the context of Antony expressing regret for poor decisions that have led Rome into a bloody war. I am not sure that it is the most appropriate quote to use in support of your contentions as Antony attributes it metaphorically to the ghost of Caesar seeking revenge for his assassination. The full quote is below.

    Blood and destruction shall be so in use
    And dreadful objects so familiar
    That mothers shall but smile when they behold
    Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war;
    All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
    And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge,
    With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
    Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
    Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;
    That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
    With carrion men, groaning for burial.

  4. Just like the declaration of war on drug, obesity, poverty, and others they are catchy for head lines but the reality is the vast majority of Americans do not have the mental or emotional endurance to see anything through. We have a history of leaders who create wars and ones who tuck there tail. I have already seen the signs that 9/11 is fading as front line fire apparatuses are replaced and they no longer bear the stickers of remembrance of that day.

    BuyLocalBill knows literature ten fold better than I, so like Rome we too should have plenty of regret for the mess we have made in the name of fighting terror.

    So Katherine Ainsworth, are you prepared to fight terror in a manner to stamp it out? Because the quickest way from A to B is a straight line, this would be very simple to do, use the Crusader handbook! We could start by using Islam against Islam, have Lake City Arsenal start producing Jihog ammo and burry the Martyrs with pig corpses. This would be a good starting point, because when we keep on the path we are now we might as well be fighting fire with gasoline! If you said no, then we’ll just see when it comes to a mall in your home town. I choose to train, equip, and drill with my family so we have a fighting chance and if you seen us in the shopping mall you would even know it.

  5. The reality is that after the USA and UK helped the Jewish people take over Palestine, terrorism started against us. For every action there is a reaction.

    1. You are mistaken on your facts a bit, yes on the UK and laws of physics [Newton] but the Great Britain takes the prize for starting that mess. We have since been the “Guardians of Zion” so to speak, but that land belonged to neither party “rightfully” and if a Holy War is declared on the USA then lets fight a Holy War…….Crusader Up! This is the age old argument that was used by “Native Americans” to say we stole their land, when historical facts show they themselves stole that land so really it boils down to who is the biggest thief right? Well the losers always cry foul and when their feelings are hurt they teach their children to have hurt feelings too! But it is okay to take it out by blowing yourself up on a school bus right?


  6. Honestly, as much as the barbarism these people do sickens me, I’d like to think showing restraint and pursuing them with the proper methods as the criminals they are is the truer strength, instead of Hulking up and burning their countries to glass. I fully support bringing them to justice, but condemn bringing them to vengeance. It ill becomes us to prove them right, to act like a bunch of bloodthirsty animals who react with immediate violence upon any slight. And as for the dead, it truly offends and sickens me that people use them as rallying cries for further violence. Let the dead rest in peace, and seek justice for their killers, not vengeance.

  7. Who am I to define what justice is for the one who lost a child to a bastard that just shot up a mall or school?

    If you want to see adjudication with life in prison fine, as for me I want eye for eye!

    If is my wife or child I want their head!

  8. I’m a veteran who is tired, very tired of “Patriots” and sick presidents like George Bush who use us soldiers as flotsam of society for the “Military Industrial Complex” which General/President Eisenhower warned us patriots against. That danger is Ignored. Going into Iraq was constitionally criminal behavior against Americans.
    How could the Joints chief of Staff and the President allow us to die and be bloodied fighting in Vietnam when the colonial power, France, gave up exhausted against delaying their right to be a free country as promised during WW2? Criminal neglect to draft age youth. Use of the Draft is not Patriotic when our existence is not at stake.
    That Error allowed us go into Iraq which was insane and unconstitutional by our Founding Fathers. Where are the “checks and balances” or moral outrage from billionaire/millionaire class (profiteers?) against misuse of Americans. Or the Christian Churches outrage which they constitutionally have but waste.?

    Why did we allow American “Doughboys” fight WW1 when all battling colonial powers were exhausted and ready to call a truce. Our entry caused a lop sighted allied victory that abused European power; created the necessity for Germany to go Nazi which paved the way for WW2 and Russia to become a damaging anti-American power and 11 million holocaust (6 were Jewish).

    Americans have written more than 70,000 books about the Civil War-1 for every 19 hours since Robert E. Lee (ex Union Officer) surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant and it continues to shape us a century and a half later. We only had two divergent entities in our educated, Christian society, yet we had to war against each other with colossal deaths and injuries to retain our Union. It is impossible for the US and allies to solve Mid-East political brokenness. Stay out. Go Home Yankee! (Gringo). I want my Army WO3 Pilot son to live.

  9. I think it’s a little late and simply useless to try and blame this on one man one president it Take more than one but I agree with all said I don’t want this shot on my doorstep and we can’t sit back with our head in the sand. The justice system don’t work I say blow their ass away by whatever means possible . They are already here and we have to deal with it now. We just need the right direction. I will fight till there’s not a breath left.

  10. I think it makes no sense to try and blame this on Bush . He didn’t do it alone. The main thing is it’s true and they are here and if we don’t do something it’s going to be on our doorstep. There’s a compound in commerce He. Not all that far from Atl. and don’t let the media or anyone else fool you
    They are here pretending to be something else but they have ties and are directed from the middle east. Isis is here in our country and nobody seems to be shit about it. All we need is the right direction. I will fight till my last dying gasp of air.

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