Colonial Strategy Part 3: Washington to the Indians: "Buy 'em out."

The Father of our Country was a practical man, to be sure. How to deal with a never-ceasing enemy? When killing them won’t work, use the coin. Below find reprinted a letter from George Washington to James Duane, dated September 7, 1783, in which General, and President Washington gives expression to an ever-evolving idea:

How to deal with those not of your tribe, whose land and possessions you want to hold? Accuse them of attacking you. Once defeated, drive them to extinction. But how?

War is more expensive than undermining their rights through the manipulations afforded through commerce. Taking “their country” from the Indians, writes Washington, “is like driving the Wild Beasts of the Forest which will return as soon as the pursuit is at an end and fall perhaps on those that are left there.”

It is dangerous business, he councils, to wage war on an such an adversary as this. Better, he says, to overwhelm those, “Wild Beasts of the Forest” by purchase of their lands:

”[W]hen the gradual extension of our Settlements will as certainly cause the Savage as the Wolf to retire; both being beasts of prey tho’ they differ in shape. In a word there is nothing to be obtained by an Indian War but the Soil they live on and this can be had by purchase at less expence, and without that bloodshed, and those distresses which helpless Women and Children are made partakers of in all kinds of disputes with them.”

This is the progression from the Crusades ethos or philosophy, which stated that land could and should be taken from the Infidel, Pagan, and Saracen (muslim) by order of almighty God, for the purposes of training the uncivil hordes in the ways of European grace. By the 1800s, the argument had moved to a more openly economic rationale – that plus Manifest Destiny – which is, in effect, the same as the Crusade rationale.

Today we use tools like “Sars”, “Bird Flu” and “Aids” to infiltrate and overthrow national sovereignty, and to push the poor, uncivil, and “infidel” out of the way.


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Liam

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