Most of you will remember this as the thing John Wilkes Booth yelled when he leaped to the stage of Ford’s Theater after shooting Abraham Lincoln.
You may remember it as the motto of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
It’s on the state flag.
It means Thus Ever To Tyrants, not get your foot off my belly, as my Dad used to say, and my brother believed, much to the dismay of his Latin teacher, Mrs. Kinsley in high school.
It came into play during America’s fight for freedom, and it referred to King George III.
I bring this UP because I’m a tad annoyed at so many folks lamenting the death of Osama bin Laden.
Or, more correctly, lamenting the celebration of the American people at his demise.
Ok, I’m glad the bastard is dead, and quite frankly, I wish it had happened long ago…like in 1999.
He was a tyrant.
Though I didn’t dance in the streets, I did breath a sigh of relief that the leader of an invisible nation, the nation of Al Qaeda…which is a nation of terrorists, murders and assassins…was dead.
Let’s talk about the word assassin first: assassin – 1530s (in Anglo-L. from mid-13c.), via Fr. and It., from Arabic hashishiyyin “hashish-users,” pl. of hashish: A fanatical Ismaili Muslim sect of the time of the Crusades, under leadership of the “Old Man of the Mountains” (translates Arabic shaik-al-jibal , name applied to Hasan ibu-al-Sabbah), with a reputation for murdering opposing leaders after intoxicating themselves by eating hashish.
That out of the way, I personally think the United States of America along with the rest of the free world, has the responsibility to rid the world of tyrants.
Imagine how different the world would be if the CIA had been able to, or wanted to, take out Hitler in 1939. We got Che back in the day, but we missed the boat on Castro, and an island nation has lived in squalor and poverty under the iron fist of communism for over 50 years.
Idi Amin – should have been smoked a long time ago.
Tito, Mussolini, and more murdered millions, changed the way we live, and cost thousands of lives in battle. And there are those today, ruling nations under the pretense of a duly elected official that are indeed tyrants…you know who they are, and since I don’t want the FBI homing in on my blog, I’ll leave the names to your imagination.
Just imagine, WW II could have been avoided with one bullet through Hitler’s head?
So, bravo CIA, bravo Navy Seals, bravo to the Bush policies, and bravo to President Obama.
The longest 40 minutes of your life may have saved thousands UPon thousands of lives.
And, to all of you out there who think we’re bullies for taking out bin Laden, stop being such pussies!
Thus ever to tyrants!