[May 20, 2018] Prairie dog warfare is an obscure reference to tenacious close-quarter fighting; the type seen in several famous U.S. Civil War battles and with Japanese defenders during World War II. I predict we will see more references to this kind of fighting in Western politics.
Confederate Lieutenant General Simon Bolivar Buckner coined the term, as much as we can tell, during his writings while a prisoner of war during the U.S. Civil War. The concept was later applied to the planned battle on the Japanese mainland, scheduled to begin on November 1, 1945.
The battle for the capture of Japan and the defeat of their Imperial military was to be prairie dog warfare; where battles would be fought for yards, feet, and inches. It would be brutal, deadly, and dangerous. Many would die and the United States military predicted it alone would experience 1 million casualties in its forces alone.
In much of the Western world today, we are beginning to see this style of political infighting where brother fights brother and our political elites take sides in ideological battles across the spectrum. Many say the political elite have overstepped their traditional bounds of civility and left behind their sworn duties to help their constituents as a whole rather than individual interest groups.
I’m not as pessimistic about our elected politicians in the U.S., although I have been disappointed in the actions of those who chose to divide us rather than unite.
Good leadership has always been regarded as the ability to rally people around a goal that betters everyone and is blind to one’s skin color, gender, religion, etc. Many of those principles were famously pronounced by Martin Luther King, Jr. in his civil rights quest of the 1960s.
Will there be more prairie dog warfare? Some predict things will only get worse as long as one side uses violence to advance their cause. This type of fascist methodology will not come cheap to any society that tolerates it. That is, unfortunately, exactly what is happening in America.