We have met the enemy...

[NOTE: Pogo's version of Perry's comment, "We have met the enemy and he is us..." has an obvious point to it, especially when we keep shooting ourselves in the foot. 

But the original comment signified a wonderful act of bravery on the part of an American sailor.  It rings some bells with another even more astonishing sea battle at Leyte Gulf.  In those two cases, we were not our own worst enemy....

Christians run from the spiritual war facing us.  When Christians recover their capacity to face down evil in this way, we will begin to win again, rather than running with our tails between our legs.  Satan ought to be trembling, not us.  Where are the Christian men???    E. Fox] 

American Minute with Bill Federer    August 23rd

"We have met the enemy and they are ours," wrote Navy Captain Oliver Hazard Perry, who died this day, August 23, 1819.

Captain Perry was renown for his encounter with six powerful British warships in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.  With no long range firepower, the winds prevented him from getting in a safe position and the British cannons crippled his flagship.  In a courageous move, he switched to the ship "Niagara," sailed directly into the British line, firing broadside, and won the battle in fifteen minutes. 

To the sailors on deck he remarked: "The prayers of my wife are answered."
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