Another difficult week, why is everything so complicated? The way that time evaporates when you first address what may have been once a simple thing is alarming, especially when time is now something to be treasured.
But it all seems to be a developing shambles. The Greeks had a myth for it with Sisyphus (Wikipedia) which seems to be what the future looks like for them. It means to have an endless uphill struggle with no respite.
What is not recognised because the idea is so unpopular is that having gone uphill for so long the West is heading downhill with gathering pace. The Retreat From Abundance is under way compounded by the increasing gap between those that have and those that have not.
The question is what kind of retreat will it be? Is it a retreat to The Lines Of Torres Vedras? Is it a Retreat From Mons? Or is it a Retreat From Moscow. The diagram above is one of the first major statistical representations of figures in charts and vividly shows the collapse in the French Army fleeing
and the Russian Winter. Moscow
In 1812 Napoleon marched an Army of half a million men against
why I have never really understood. The
French often relied for supplies of food and forage etc. by living off the land
they occupied. This may have seemed
economic but unluckily left large numbers of angry locals behind them. Russia
The Russians gave ground and then more ground and even left
to the French. The consequence was that when winter came the
French were not prepared and a scorched earth policy had left them badly short
of supplies. The Army that had invaded Moscow was
reduced to a few straggling thousands barely alive. Russia
The Retreat From Mons was another matter in August and September 1914. After encountering the full weight of a well equipped and larger German Army the British and French had to retreat to a more tenable defensive position and hope to hold the line and prevent either the loss of
or a breakthrough in the north. Paris
It was touch and go and for the troops on the ground a desperate business compounded by all the difficulties of communication and decision. “The biggest shambles since
” was a common way of describing foul ups
and unholy messes for a long time. But
the British and French just about held on and managed to stop the German
Much less known these days is the 1810 retreat to the Lines Of Torres Vedras in
. Portugal ,
having won at Talavera realised that he did not have enough troops or support
to hold the French and retreated to prepared positions to sit out the winter,
regroup and build up strength and supplies. Wellington
The French were left in territory to which a scorched earth policy had been applied and needing for forage widely across country to stay alive again running into trouble with the local population. When
Wellington moved out, his command of ground and ability to
out march the French and critically the supply chain he created meant he could
reclaim the Peninsula from the French.
So which are we in for in the coming year or two?