Collapse Survivor Explains Strategic Savagery: “You Have Two Choices – Fight To The Last or Run”

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Editor’s Note: The following commentary comes to us from Selco of SHTF School, one of the preparedness community’s most well-known authors – and for good reason. Selco survived the Balkan war of the 1990’s and described his experiences over the years.

He has seen the worst that humanity has to offer and once again shares his thoughts on living in a world that has completely fallen apart. 

If you want a first-person perspective on what collapse looks like then keep reading.

It looks like there is no sense and order in what ISIS folks are doing while they are terrorizing people and burning them alive, stone them to death, kill captured soldiers or simply women and kids. But spreading terror and pure fear makes a lot of sense in terms of strategy, especially in already „chaotic“ times and territories where they are trying to advance.

Terror is a psychological game.

The “they are coming for me feeling”

I have experienced for myself, more than once the feeling that „they are coming for me“. It is that moment when you are armed and ready, together with more folks, who are armed too and we are all waiting for the attack.

And guys who are attacking are famous for the fact that they do not take prisoners, or that they have few sick guys who are collecting ears from the captured people, while they are still alive.

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No matter how well you are armed and prepared and ready to fight, if you hear about their atrocities for weeks and then one evening you are forced to fight with them it will have an impact on you.

You will face the stress of battle but also have to deal with your own fear.

Of course, different people react in different ways, so some guys will break down or give up even before fight, without single bullet flying through the air.

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Some guys will even surrender without a fight and beg for mercy, even they listened to stories about „no prisoners“ for weeks. Often they are the people who can not imagine how truly evil people act. They think because they would not kill and torture other people they do not know nobody would. It makes no sense, but it is what terror does and why it works. It makes people act without sense, makes them do stupid things, to be confused and not logical.

Terror is an advanced level of trash talk in sports where one opponent tries to make the other one angry that he loses focus. When it comes to terror it is just fear that is used as a weapon.

I have seen that sometimes only rumor about some infamous unit coming to attack is enough that groups who are very well organized simply fall apart.

If you hear that there is unit coming and they will torture and kill everyone in their way including your kids and woman, you have two choices: To fight to the last, or run.

In the movies, folks will fight to the last, but in reality, most of the folks will simply run. The difference is like walking on edge of the sidewalk or walking on edge of a high building. In both cases, you walk on the edge but only in one case, a wrong step has much worse consequences.

Few times I asked myself why ISIS has so much success over there in Iraq and Syria. One of the answers is the terror. Nothing spreads so fast like terror.

I also think the idea you can have ultimate power over life and death of people makes many people want to join them. People get high on power and that they can decide who lives or dies. If this happens in the group you usually find people trying to be more brutal than other people in their group. To be the most respected a feared one.

You finally can rule over people, to judge, it does not have anything to do with religion, it is in human nature of some folks.

A few months ago I read some US weapon forum and one of the members shows his rifle and said how he bought it cheaply and how it was probably used in Balkan war.

On the rifle butt, there was still a small engraved sign of the unit visible. And strangely I knew that unit.
The unit was famous in war because they (like many others) did lots of bad things, rape, kill prisoners and similar things like private prisons etc.

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But at the end, most of them ended up dead, killed like the people they killed.

Once when people realize that bullets can kill you no matter how famous or infamous you are it all gets easier.

People dealt with them, and today they are just something like weird war memory with a sign on someone’s rifle butt. This is a lesson you need to keep in mind in situations when you face enemies that cause fear and terror in you.

First, you need to accept your fear and terror. Some people do not accept it and try to pretend it’s not there until it breaks out and makes them unable to function. Often in situations when it matters most.

Be aware of your fear and terror but also confident in your abilities to face this enemy. This is the attitude that you need to show openly also to all members of your group. In groups emotions always get amplified.

Just like walking on edge of the high building you focus on the task at hand, the walking or fighting and forget about consequences for that moment.

Terror needs to be dealt with brute force before it spreads way too much to be contained. It is like a disease.
You can get sick from terror, just like from pneumonia for example. Symptoms are fear, panic, doing illogical things, or having the urge to run away before even you realize who is your enemy and how you can defeat it.

This is why we prepare, practice and learn to focus on what matters to achieve our goals. Terror only works if you give it power.

What do you make of ISIS and their actions? Please share your thoughts on this and how you try to deal with terror in the comments below.



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How Our Forefathers Made Snowshoes for Survival
How North California Native Americans Built Their Semi-subterranean Roundhouses
Our Ancestors’Guide to Root Cellars
Good Old Fashioned Cooking on an Open Flame
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Preserve Water
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Take Care of Our Hygiene When There Isn’t Anything to Buy
How and Why I Prefer to Make Soap with Modern Ingredients
Temporarily Installing a Wood-Burning Stove during Emergencies
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Trapping in Winter for Beaver and Muskrat Just like Our Forefathers Did
How to Make a Smokehouse and Smoke Fish
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3 COMMENTS

  1. Dont do any commercial dealings or buy licenses from any muslim or their supporters.
    Recognize democrats as communists and republicans as fascists. Treat them as such.
    Blue helmets make good targets. Your police are communist enforcers.

  2. “Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
    Trouble no one about his religion.
    Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.
    Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
    Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.
    Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
    Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
    or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.
    Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.
    When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,
    for your life, for your strength.
    Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
    If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
    Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools
    and robs the spirit of its vision.
    When your time comes to die,
    be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death,
    so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time
    to live their lives over again in a different way.
    Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.” Tecumseh
    Words to Live By. Words I Live By.

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