In the last post, perhaps some were curious about our dog’s name: Ego Sum Attila, Flagellum Dei.
When the original Attila was rampaging all about the crumbling Roman Empire, the church in Rome spread the word that he and his Hunnic hordes were actually sent by God himself to punish them, as with a scourge or whip, for their disobedience to God and to his church. Attila may have been a hard case, but he was by no means stupid and quite literate, so it wasn’t long before he would surround a village or town, and when they inquired as to who commanded the host before their walls, he would answer in perfect Latin – Ego sum Attila, flagellum Dei. "I am Attila, the scourge of God." Often resistance would end with this simple declarative sentence. (Our Attila has often been the instrument of God’s discipline in our lives, but that is another story.)
In our own Civil War, we see that Lee’s reputation swiftly became his own most powerful psychological weapon. Grant, ordinarily as cool as the cucumbers he liked to eat, let some of his commanders have it upon this subject:
"Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you seem to think he is going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do."

In North Africa during WWII Rommel, as the famed "Desert Fox," got inside his opponents’ heads in a big way, to the point where British Gen. Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief Middle East, had to issue the following order:
"There exists a real danger that our friend Rommel is becoming a kind of magician or bogey-man to our troops, who are talking far too much about him. He is by no means a superman, and it is highly undesirable that our men should credit him with supernatural powers…. We must refer to "the Germans" or "the Axis powers" and not always keep harping on Rommel."

Today we face adversaries in the Middle East, in Russia, in North Korea and elsewhere, and while it is always true that one should never underestimate one’s enemies, it won’t do to make them larger in our minds than they actually are either. That leads to paralysis when action should be the order of the day.
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