Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war

This article was an interesting read.

[quote]Dogs just don

ANTHONY: O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,-
Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue-
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy ;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

Awesome! Bloody hell Shakespeare can write! Well, not any more, obviously, as he’s been dead for 400 years. But anyway. What a fine quotation my good man!

As cruel as the practice is (for the dogs), it was an interesting read, thanks!

Interesting military parallel - in ancient history the defending Roman armies unleashed pigs against Hannibal’s elephants - the squealing of the animals was said to drive the enemy pachyderms wild with terror.

Wasn’t there also a thread about killer dolphins a while back?

They don’t call him The Immortal Bard fer nuttin’.

“Dogs of war”…I had never heard of that. Very interesting indeed, amazing what these dogs accomplished with their lives yet they are so easily taken for granted.

I found interesting that military personnel were disciplined if they messed with the dogs. It’s like they knew that the dogs had a purpose and a mission. Their dogs were to be treated right for their own good. I wonder if that ideology could be applied to “dogs of peace.”

Hard to make a statement about the dogs when the soldiers in the tanks are equally sacrificed. I have to say the thread title is very adequate.

Excellent read, thanks for the post.


But Bill wasn’t referring to canines, was he?

[quote=“Old Gobbo”]But Bill wasn’t referring to canines, was he?[/quote]I think you’re right. But perhaps Maoman is, in a slightly adapted metaphor…I for one have to let that one slip. :wink: