Are Camels on the Horizon?

By | March 15, 2022

[March 15, 2022]  All great empires have risen from seemingly out of nowhere to last nearly three centuries and then poof, they are gone.  The greatest of empires – the Romans, Egyptians, Greeks, and Persians – were not conquered by outside enemies but collapsed from within.  Some say the Western world is collapsing, and the biggest problem is that we don’t even see it.  Are camels on the horizon?

“My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I ride a Mercedes, my son rides a Land Rover, and my grandson is going to ride a Land Rover…but my great-grandson is going to have to ride a camel again.  Why is that?  – Sheik Rashid, founder of Dubai1

Sheik Rashid went on to explain:

“Hard times create strong men; strong men create easy times.  Easy times create weak men; weak men create difficult times.  Many will not understand it, but you have to raise warriors, not parasites.” – Sheik Rashid, founder of Dubai

In America during World War II, young men barely out of High School stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, crushed the Japanese fortified islands of the Pacific Ocean, and brought atomic power into being.  Today, young college men want to hide in safe rooms when their feelings are hurt (they call the microaggressions).

Recruiting commercials from the U.S. military depict weak men and women.  In one case, the commercial showcases a corporal who discusses her “fairly typical childhood” in which she took ballet and played the violin, and also “marched for equality” with her two moms.  She was looking for a challenge to prove her “inner strength.”  See it here.  Go to YouTube and click DISLIKE.  Comments are disabled because the Army brass were embarrassed by the comments.

Are the camels on the horizon?  It sure seems like it.

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  1. https://veteranweb.asn.au/news/the-camels-are-on-the-horizons/

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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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33 thoughts on “Are Camels on the Horizon?

  1. Jim Graziani

    At some time there comes a point for every successful nation state where it is easier to cannibalize the existing wealth then create new wealth. Put simply, better to pawn grandmas silver then work to earn money.

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  2. Jim Graziani

    Perhaps as society progresses and grows wealthy, the easiest way to generate personal wealth and privilege, is not to generate new forms or amounts but instead dismantle and cannibalize what’s already been created? Instead of earning something for yourself just go out and sell grandma’s silverware. Yeah I think that’s it.

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  3. William

    Sage words. There can be no denying His Highness’ wisdom. Of course, he is correct, in general terms. As it relates to the majority of “middle of the road” typical American white boys and even some other groups, outdoing our fathers was assured for a long time. We had “a leg up” as they say and, we have not know enough of a struggle to be grateful for a very long time. However, this train of thought ignores the current and future value of American women and, America’s immigrants. Those two groups do know the struggle and, are more likely to fight, sacrifice and suffer for their futures and for the futures of their children. History will remember American women as a social class that was overtly oppressed until the mid to late 21st century. whether or not you agree, that is the most likely historic remembrance for our sisters and mothers. Further, immigrants to America will save the day just as they always have. It is that action that keeps the dream alive and, it is what makes us unique among nations. It may well be that our once displaced and long ignored indigenous peoples will repopulate and recapture their homeland with a vengeance that then supplants most others. Either way, the American experiment will live on, continue to lead the free world and, dominate the dreams of people the world over for the foreseeable future. You can’t kill hope that easily.

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    1. Autistic Techie

      William, well said. And, of course, today we are riding high in our Mercedes cars.

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  4. Bobby Joe

    Wow, never heard this before but makes good sense. Keep up the great work you are doing for us, Gen. Satterfield. In today’s America, camels are on the horizon and they may be here before we know it. With the failed federal administration we have in power right now, our nation is headed down to destruction.

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  5. Idiot Savant

    Wow, haven’t heard about this before. Thanks Gen. Satterfield for bringing this to our attention. By the way, such talk does not just echo truth but will probably become one of those meta-stories that Dr. Jordan Peterson talks about so much.

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    1. Eye Cat

      Yes, and the sooner the better. Gen. S. is just about helping get the word out on this “Are camels on the horizon [for us all]?” Or, what else.

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  6. The Hurt Locker

    Camels (or horses) are on the horizon for America. Best learn to ride now. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  7. Army Captain

    Gen. Satterfield, you certainly nailed it when you compared the “woke” US army recruiting videos and compared them to what other nations like China and Russia are doing. The US army projects weakness. China and Russia project strength. Now, say what you will but I don’t like to see the strongest military in the world to be characterized as weak and effete. How embarrassing can you get.

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    1. Frankie Boy

      Gen. Milley and Secretary Defense Austin, please do us all a huuugggee favor and resign today. You guys are worse than worthless. You both are actively harming the United States of America. And, the world sees it, knows it, and you sit back in your comfortable chair and eat cake.

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  8. Lady Hawk

    Let’s not forget to buy Gen. Satterfield’s book on the Iraq War. It’s a great book. I have my copy. I just want to get it autographed at some point.

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  9. Laughing Monkey

    Gen. Satterfield, spot-on article for today and scary at the same time.

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    1. Kerry 6

      Yep, exactly why I read his blog daily. There are other leadership blogs, of course, most of them want you to sign up for their program (costing lots of bucks) and are only there to drive you to spend money. This site does not do that and the lack of advertising is what I like about it. Just pure leadership info.

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  10. Andrew Dooley

    My grandfather rode a T-model Ford, his father rode a Cadillac, I rode a Mercedes, my son rides a Mercedes, his son will ride a T-model.

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  11. Dead Pool Guy

    Nicely written and to the point, Gen. Satterfield. I know this has been out for a while, but I appreciate you bringing it to our attention. More should be written about it.

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    1. Maureen S. Sullivan

      The snowflakes think they are morally superior and will virtue signal their superiority anyway. Forget them.

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      1. Jeff Blackwater

        Those darn snowflakes. Even reality hitting them in the face real hard cannot wake them up to reality. We need a reset that shakes their Marxism to the core.

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  12. Erleldech

    Great quote, “Hard times create strong men; strong men create easy times. Easy times create weak men; weak men create difficult times. Many will not understand it, but you have to raise warriors, not parasites.” – Sheik Rashid, founder of Dubai. I like the part where we have to raise warriors, not parasites. Lots of parasites in America today.

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  13. Jonnie the Bart

    We do certainly see a “decline” in the West (and in America) with the neo-Marxist ‘woke’ ideology running rampant. Is this the intent to tear down America? Or to make it better? Hard to see how it makes things better.

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    1. Doug Smith

      Jonnie, I see what you see and most Americans and Brits and Aussies etc see a serious decline in the effect of western, Christian values. Yes, CHRISTIAN values. Other values are not working out so well. Just ask folks from the Middle East how Islam is working out for them. War upon war upon war internally. Yep, satisfied yet with Islam?

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      1. Harry Man

        Right Doug, if you are satisfied with Islam then you had better have higher standards.

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    1. JT Patterson

      Yeah, great quotes from a Shiek. Imagine what happens when weak men, like US Pres Joe Biden or Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau are in charge. Watch the world start to fall apart. Elections matter. Don’t elect weak men.

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      1. Commie Red

        VP Kamala Harris would be better than all them men!!!!!!!

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        1. old warrior

          You are dreaming the lie, Commie Red. K Harris needs her ass kicked so she stops laughing at everything. Her position shows we cannot trust women in high positions.

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        2. Pumpkin Spice

          Keep telling us lies Commie Red. We can see thru them. But, I’m glad you are on this website and Gen. Satterfield does not kick you off. Why? Because it is important to see such weak and crazy arguments that are easily refuted. Holding such views doesn’t get anyone anywhere worthwhile.

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