28 Oct 14

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

A Latin phrase, traditionally attributed to the Roman poet Juvenal, from his “Satires.” It loosely translates to:

“Who will guard the guards?

Somebody, nobody, and who!

In this Age of Islamic Terrorism, we all need to do an adequate job of maintaining all-around security. The “Three Invisibles” mentioned above are naively relied upon all too much!

Just last week, four NYPD rookies, who all courteously faced to the front, at the same time, in order to be photographed by a tourist, were precipitously attacked by a hatchet-wielding jihadist, from behind.

One of them should have been watching their backs!

In our Courses, the assumption is usually that you’re by yourself, and I constantly ask my students, “… and who is watching your back?”

We need to keep our heads up and be looking all around, constantly! Your superlative fighting skills will be rendered irrelevant when you never see the threat(s) coming!

Don’t rely on the “Three Invisibles!” We need to keep our priorities straight. We need to live in the present tense!

“Many brave hearts are asleep in the deep, so beware, beware!”

From “Asleep in the Deep,” written in 1897 by Arthur J Lamb, and subsequently put to the music of Henry W Petrie. Most famous renditions were J Rodgers’ from 1913 and Thurl Ravenscroft’s from 2008