“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck

Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"In March 1916 the British under Gen. J.C. Smuts launched a formidable offensive with 45,000 men. Lettow-Vorbeck patiently used climate and terrain as his allies while his troops fought the British on his terms and to his advantage. The British, however, kept on adding more troops and forcing Lettow to yield territory. Nevertheless, he fought on, including a pivotal battle at Mahiwa in October 1917 where he lost 519 men killed, wounded or missing and the British 2,700 killed, wounded or missing"

"The East African campaign was essentially about a 'modestly immense Allied army' that was engaged by 'a midget German force led by an obscure Prussian officer who could have conducted post-graduate courses in irregular warfare tactics for Che Guevara, General Giap and other more celebrated but far less skilled guerrilla fighters.' Lettow-Vorbeck’s exploits in the African bush have come down 'as the greatest single guerrilla operation in history, and the most successful.'"

NOTE: I would be loathe to mention Che Guevara and Lettow-Vorbeck in the same breath. Aside from whatever he did in Cuba, Guevara was a systematic failure. Lettow-Vorbeck on the other hand was a systematic badass. - JDS.

PHOTO: Lettow-Vorbeck (right) as guest of General Günther von Kluge at army maneuvers in 1935

1 comment:

Hadding said...

Out wandering through the African wilderness they had no way to deal with wounded men. Any men in Lettow-Vorbeck's formation that got more than slightly wounded were left with a bullet to finish themselves off.