I do not know the name of the author of the following article, but from his words, he is both a Vietnam combat veteran and a law enforcement officer. Whoever the man is, he makes an excellent point: surrender is not an option and I believe he presents a solid case for that position.
These principles not only apply to national and self defense, but also spiritual warfare (I’ve made minor edits for grammar and clarity, as well as linked various attributions to their sources).
Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Winston Churchill, Oct 29, 1941
The 4 Phases of Surrender
Phase 1: Failing to be armed, trained, and committed to fight. We are prepared to surrender when we are unprepared to resist.
Phase 2: Failing to be alert. You must see trouble coming in order to have time to respond. The warning may be less than a second, but it will be there. It must be recognized and acted upon immediately.
Phase 3: Giving up your weapons.
Phase 4: This up to the monsters who have taken control of your life and perhaps the lives of your loved ones. The last phase of surrender is out of your hands.
Surrender During War
During the American Revolution, 12,000 colonists captured by the British died in captivity on prison ships, while only 8,000 died in battle. Had the 12,000 who surrendered continued to fight, many would have survived and could have done great damage to the British, likely shortening the course of the war.
Civil War prisoners were treated so badly that some 50,000 died in captivity. 618,000 Americans died in the Civil War. More Americans have been killed by Americans than by any foreign army in any war before or since.
As many as 18,000 captured American and Filipino prisoners died or were murdered at the hands of the Japanese during the 6 days of the Bataan Death March. Had most of these soldiers slipped into the jungle and fought as guerrillas, they could have tied up elements of the Japanese Army for months or years and perhaps more of them would have survived the war.
Of the Americans who actually reached Japanese prison camps during the war, nearly 50,000 died in captivity. That is more than 10% of all the American military deaths in the entire war in both the Pacific and European theaters combined.
In addition to the 50,000 captured Americans who died in Japanese prison camps, an additional 20,000 were murdered before reaching a prison camp. If those 70,000 Americans had continued to fight, they could have provided time for the United States to build and maneuver its forces, perhaps shortening the war and saving even more lives. Some of them would have likely survived the war. Even if they had all died in battle anyway, their fate would have been no worse.
During the early stages of the Battle of the Bulge, American GIs were massacred by the German troops who captured them.
During the Vietnam conflict, many American POWs were tortured daily for years by the Communist North Vietnamese and died during the process. Only officers (mainly aviators) held in North Vietnam were ever repatriated. Enlisted Americans captured in South Vietnam were routinely tortured, mutilated and murdered by the Communists. As a combat soldier and knowing my fate should I be captured, I was committed to fighting to the death. I made specific plans to force the enemy to kill me rather than allow myself to be captured.
In recent years, American troops captured by Islamic terrorists groups have virtually all been tortured and murdered in gruesome fashion. If I were fighting in the Middle East, I would make a similar vow and plan to fight to the death. Under no circumstances would I allow myself to be captured by our Islamic enemies.
Death by Government
R.J. Rummel, who wrote the book, “Death by Government” states that, prior to the 20th century; 170 million civilians were murdered by their own governments. Historians tell us that during the 20th century perhaps as many as 200 million civilians were murdered by their own governments.
Nations where the mass murder of civilians occurred during the 20th century include Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, the Congo, Uganda, Armenia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nigeria, Laos, China, Cuba, Manchuria, Iraq, Iran, Biafra, Rwanda and many others. The slaughter of civilians by governments appears to be as common as not.
Most of these slaughters were only made possible by disarming the victims before killing them. Had these people resisted, their fate would have been no worse and perhaps better. Resistance is much more difficult after the government has already taken the means of resistance away from the people. Planned genocide has been the primary reason for weapon confiscation throughout history.
Jews and others who surrendered to the Nazis were murdered in slave labor camps by the millions. Had all the Jews in Europe resisted when the Nazis started rounding them up they could have made the Nazis pay an enormous price for The Holocaust. The fact that Hitler confiscated guns in 1936 made resistance far less feasible.
Had the Jews in Germany resisted, the outcome may have been similar but the world would have learned about The Holocaust years earlier and may have intervened. Most people would prefer to die fighting and trying to kill their oppressor, than be taken off to a death camp and starved to death or murdered in a gas chamber.
William Ayers, former leader of the domestic terrorist organization the Weather Underground (and close friend of Barack Obama), told his followers, “When we (Communist Revolutionaries) take over the United States, we will have to kill 25 million Americans.” He was referring to those who would never submit to a Communist takeover. In other words, those who would refused to deny and reject the Constitution would have to be murdered. If this sounds impossible, remember that genocide-by-government was the leading cause of death in the previous century.
Surrendering to Criminals
The Onion Field Murder in California was a wake-up call to law enforcement officers everywhere. On March 9, 1963, two Los Angeles Police Department officers were taken prisoner by two criminals. The officers had submitted to capture, gave up their weapons, and were then driven to an onion field outside of Bakersfield.
One officer was murdered while the other officer managed to escape in a hail of gunfire. The surviving officer suffered severe PTSD from having been unable to save his partner. As a result of this incident, the LAPD policy became, “You will fight, no matter how bad things are. You will never, ever surrender your weapons or yourself to a criminal.”
Consider the Ogden, Utah record store murders. Read the book or the Wikipedia article, if you do not know the story. The manner in which the criminals tortured and murdered their young victims is too gruesome to describe here. Resistance might indeed have been futile, but compliance was definitely and absolutely futile.
In June 2005, The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the police have no constitutional duty to protect anyone. Why do law enforcement officials always tell civilians not to resist a criminal, while they tell their officers to always resist and never surrender? Police administrators fear being sued by a civilian victim who gets hurt resisting. Furthermore, the police, like all government agencies, derive their power by fostering dependence.
According to Professor John Lott’s study on the relationship between guns and crime, a victim who resists with a firearm is less likely to be hurt or killed than a victim who cooperates with his attacker. His book is titled “More Guns, Less Crime.”
A doctor and his family in Connecticut complied and cooperated, meeting every demand of the home invasion robbers to whom they had surrendered. The doctor’s wife and daughters were tortured, raped, doused with gasoline and burned alive. How did surrender and cooperation work out for them?
In another home invasion, a kindly couple with 9 adopted, special-needs children surrendered to the robbers. The victims opened their safe while the couple did not resist in any way. When the robbers where finished ransacking the home and terrifying the children, they shot both parents in the head several times before leaving. How did surrender and complete cooperation work out for them? Who remained to take care of those special-needs kids?
Handing over your life by surrendering to someone who is in the process of committing a violent crime against you is simply a form of suicide. Some survive, but many do not.
In every such case, the monster gets to decide for you.
We have all heard brutalized victims say, “The robber said he would not hurt us if we cooperated.” Why would you believe anything someone who is committing a crime against you says? As we say in law enforcement, “If a criminal’s lips are moving, he is lying.” Criminals by definition are dishonest and should never be trusted or believed.
You have no doubt heard folks say, “I would not resist a criminal! After all, why would he kill me?” This is stupid and naive. In law enforcement, we call such people “Victims by Choice” (VBC). There could be a long list of reasons why a criminal would kill you despite your cooperation.
- You may be of a different race, thus a different tribe. Only members of his tribe are actually human in his mind.
- He may feel hatred toward you because you have more than he does.
- Gratification from being in a position of total power is reason enough for some.
- Criminals are sometimes members of satanic cults who worship death, such as the Night Stalker in California.
- Eliminating a potential witness is often cited as a reason to kill a victim.
- Sometimes criminals simply enjoy causing suffering and death.
- There are people who are in fact, pure evil. I have heard criminals say, “I killed her just to watch her die.”
A victim who begs for mercy can give his attacker a tremendous feeling of power which many criminals seem to enjoy.
You cannot expect mercy from someone who does not know what mercy is.
Some Who Have Refused to Surrender
History is filled with brave people who refused to surrender. Some of these men and woman have won their battles despite what seemed to be insurmountable odds. Others have gone down fighting and avoided being tortured to death. Some fought to the death to help or save others. Many have fought to the death for an idea or a belief.
- When General Santa Ana, the dictator over Mexico at the time, ordered 180 Texicans to surrender the Alamo, Colonel Travis answered with “a cannon shot and a rebel yell.” Eventually Santa Ana was able to build his troop strength to 10,000 men, then swarmed the defenders, killing them all. The Battle of the Alamo delayed Santa Ana long enough for Sam Houston to build his Texican army, which met and defeated the Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto, capturing Santa Ana in the process. Santa Ana ceded Texas in exchange for his life. The sacrifices of the Alamo defenders changed history.
- Frank Luke was a heroic aviator in WWI. Shot down and wounded, he refused to surrender when confronted by a German patrol. He killed 4 German soldiers with his 1911 pistol before being killed. Luke was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
- When his unit was pinned down by German machine guns and all of the officers and non-commissioned officers in his company were killed or wounded, Alvin York never considered surrendering. Instead, he attacked hundreds of German soldiers, killing about 25 with his rifle and pistol, and then captured 132 others by himself!
- Most of the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto (Poland) surrendered to the German Army. They were taken off to Auschwitz and other death camps, then murdered. Between 400 and 1,000 Jews refused to surrender and armed with only a few pistols, revolvers and rifles, they held off the German Army for 3 months before dying in battle.
- After the surrender of American and Filipino forces in the Philippines by General Wainwright in WWII, small bands of American soldiers, Marines, and Filipino military who, refusing the order to surrender, formed guerrilla resistance groups. They wreaked havoc on the Japanese occupation forces for the balance of WWII, tying up troops that could have been used elsewhere, and eventually assisting the American troops who landed to retake the islands.
- During the Battle of the Bulge, the 101st Airborne was surrounded by the German Army and ordered to surrender. Faced with overwhelming odds, the commanding general of the 101st sent this reply to the Germans: “Nuts!” The Americans refused to surrender and they stopped the German advance. Most of the Americans troops survived.
- In their reign of terror, ISIS has made it a habit to brag about their barbaric ways of killing prisoners and subjugated populations. Recently, members of the British Special Air Services (SAS) were engaged with ISIS terrorists in Mosul, Iraq.
The SAS troops were retreating and in dire circumstances. Upon realizing that they were close to running out of ammunition, they decided to “go out fighting” with what they could get their bare hands on. By early evening, the British troops had killed at least 20 ISIS fighters, but had almost used up their entire supply of ammunition.
One source said: “They knew that if they were captured they would be tortured and decapitated. Rather than die on their knees, they went for a soldier’s death and charged the ISIS fighters who were moving along the river bed. They were screaming and swearing as they set about the terrorists.”
The source continued, saying that the SAS soldiers fixed bayonets, others drew their knives. They then shook hands and said their goodbyes before charging into the group of around 30 ISIS fighters. He added: “They fired off their few remaining bullets and dropped several terrorists before setting about them with whatever weapons they had. They bayoneted, slashed and beat the ISIS fighters to death. One soldier, a Warrant Officer in the SAS, drowned one of the terrorists in a small puddle, forcing his face into the mud and holding him down until he stopped moving. He then picked up a stone and smashed it into the face of another gunman wrestling with one of his colleagues. Another killed three of the fighters by using his assault rifle as a club. Others were stabbing at the gunmen who wanted to capture the British troops alive.” After the fierce fighting, the report states that ISIS fled and the SAS unit was returned to the safety of their rendezvous.
- On Sept 2, 2010, 40 armed criminals took over and tried to rob a train in India. Some of them had guns, others used knives and clubs. When they began to disrobe an 18-year-old girl for the purpose of gang-raping her, one of the passengers decided to fight. He was a 35-year-old retired Gurkha soldier. He drew his khukri knife and attacked the 40 robbers, killing 3 of the robbers and wounded 8 more despite his being wounded in this 20-minute fight. The remaining criminals fled for their lives, leaving their stolen loot and 11 comrades dead or wounded on the floor of the train. The 8 wounded robbers were arrested.
How does 1 man defeat 40? How does he summon the courage to fight such odds? He utilized all of the principles of personal defense:
He was also skilled in the use of his weapon. Most importantly, he refused to be a victim and allow evil to triumph!
If this one inspirational soldier can defeat 40 opponents using only a knife, it would seem that we should all be able to defeat a group of armed criminals by using our firearms, if we are professionally trained as was this heroic Gurkha soldier.
We each have a duty to ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors, our community, our city, our state, and our country to resist government and criminal depredation. Reasoning with a thug who believes that his failures are because of people just like you is not likely to be helpful. Pleading with a terrorist who has been taught from birth that his personal salvation depends on murdering people like you is a doomed plan.
His gun may not be real. After you are tied up, it will not matter.
His gun may not be loaded. After you are tied up, it will not matter.
He may not know how to operate his gun. After you are tied up, it will not matter.
His gun may be unable to fire because of poor maintenance. After you are tied up, it will not matter.
Statistically, if you run and your assailant shoots at you, he will miss.
Statistically if you run and he shoots and hits you, you will not die.
Bad guys shooting at the police miss 90% of the time. The odds are on your side! Better to die fighting in place than to be tied up, doused with gasoline and burned alive. There are things worse than death.
Surrender to a criminal or a terrorist and you will learn what they are.
If you resist with a commitment to win you may well prevail, especially if you are armed and trained. If you lose, it is still better to die fighting in place than to be taken prisoner and have your head cut off with a dull knife while your screams gurgle through your own blood as we have witnessed on numerous videos from the Middle East, brought to us by the “Islamic practitioners of peace.”
How will you respond if you are confronted by evil as some of us have been in the past and some of us will be in the future? If you have not decided ahead of time what you will do, you will likely do nothing. Those who fight back often win and survive. Those who surrender never win and often die a horrible death.
Have you made your decision? Remember, no decision is a decision to do nothing and be a victim.
My Personal Comments
One of the major theological travesties inflicted upon the Body of Christ by man’s religion is the false doctrine that God visits sickness, disaster, and destruction upon Christians to “teach them” something. It is one of the greatest deceptions ever perpetrated upon the Church by our psychopathic enemy, Satan, and I have spent a great deal of time and effort refuting that lie here at Miscellaneous Ramblings.
Those who adhere to such doctrinal drivel willingly surrender to the enemy’s onslaught, deceived into thinking they are submitting to God as they pray for grace to endure, rather than truly submitting to God by donning their spiritual armor, grabbing the Sword of the Spirit and laying into the powers of darkness with abandon.
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:6-7
If you are living under The Lie (aka “you can be your own lord and it will work”), you have been well and truly deceived. The Greek word for “resists” (antitassomai) in this passage literally means “to set oneself in battle array against.” This means that no matter how hard, how long, how stubbornly you refuse to submit to Him, it will NEVER work! Take it from someone who spent years trying. 🙁
Humble yourself and surrender to Him in repentance. Don your armor, pick up your sword and shield, then:
Thank you for reading!
SAS battle account courtesy of Independent Journal Review (sadly the article has been deleted as of 20 Sep 2021)