Is It Necessary (2)I rode to the Salvadoran war in one of those colorful Spanish busses with about twenty people spilling out onto its roof, hanging on for their lives, and a turkey in the aisle with its legs tied. I got off at Fourth Brigade in El Paraiso Province, an isolated station surrounded by hills and forest. My friend, Subteniente Jose Camino, was a platoon leader with the Fourth, with whom I would be patrolling for the next few days in search of communist guerrillas. Jose would be slain a few weeks later when communist insurrectionists launched an attack on Fourth Brigade headquarters.

As a periodista. I had been in and out of the revolutions in Central America for most of the decade. I possessed the right credentials for a freelance journalist. I was an ex-cop and had served as a Green Beret soldier for thirteen years in U.S. Army Special Forces.

While with Special Forces, I parachuted into Panama with my SF group. Insurgents were threatening the government. Along with my team commander and team sergeant, I donned a disguise and mingled with the rioters in Panama City. Fires reddened the skyline and the measured cadence of automatic weapons penetrated the night. Flyers and revolutionary posters appeared magically on walls and parked cars. It wasn’t difficult to determine their origin, considering they were peppered with familiar communist phrases like “Yanqui imperialism” and “capitalist oppressors.”

“The communists grow stronger and more daring in Central America,” my friend Subteniente Camino in El Salvador warned. “They will never quit. Never.”

Indeed, communists and socialists have patience and never compromise. They hammer away at liberty and wait for years for the right opportunity. The United States in the 21st Century has become an example of their tenacity. The same communist placards and catch phrases that I saw in Central America now appear on U.S. university campuses and in American communities. Violence and rioting on campuses and in Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis and other cities harken to those in San Salvador, Panama City, and Managua. As Camino was killed by communists, U.S. policemen here have been cut down by radical socialists of various ilk in a declared “war against cops.” During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an avowed Marxist was a Democratic primary candidate and garnered enough votes that he could have won the White House to continue to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”

Jose Camino was right: They will never quit until the world, as President Ronald Reagan once remarked, slides into a thousand years of darkness.

Knowing the horror of the collectivist state, seeing how socialist nations such as the USSR always end in tyranny and ultimately in failure, why does humankind give up liberty so easily in order to continue down the Yellow Brick Road toward a speculative future utopia that has never been created on earth and, what’s more, can never be created?

From Crushing The Collective by Charles W. Sasser. Now available at most book stores,,, and other outlets.