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Hodges: The Seven Stages of Surviving the Conquering and Occupation of America

I was actually preparing to write on a different topic, when I could not shake the feeling that I needed to stimulate a level of self-examination with regard to personal preparation for what is about to unfold in America. That feeling hit me when I was speaking with one of my best sources and he told me the real action will not occur on the border. The fight will be taken to our cities where there are embedded paramilitary forces along with terrorists designed to paralyze this country when trouble starts. My source said the trouble will not encroach, it will be sudden and complete. This motivated me to immediately write on this topic, because who knows how much time we have before America’s date with destiny arrives?

When trouble comes from embedded terrorist and paramilitary forces within our country, it will come like a thief in the night. Once the mayhem starts, there will be little to no warning for what is coming and what will suddenly unfold. I had images of civilian deaths on a massive scale. These feelings of impending, but very predictable doom, dominated my consciousness and I felt compelled to share my vision based on what is coming and more importantly what one can do to enhance their chances for survival. What is coming is as much as intuitive as it is based on established military history.

Here are the seven typical stages of the demise resulting from being conquered and occupied as a nation:

  1. There Will be Victims of the Initial Insurgency and/or Initial Attack
  2. Lack of Community and Personal Preparation Leads to Large Loss of Life
  3. Can’t Guard Your yard
  4. The Importance of Geography and What to Avoid
  5. Failure to Bug Out When Needed
  6. Surviving the Occupation of Hostile Forces
  7. Resilience and Resistance

One needs to realize that when the bad guys show up, there could be Americans among them.

Victim of Insurgency and/or the Original Attack

I recall the opening scene of the original Red Dawn movie in which a small mountain town’s high school, in Colorado was attacked and the teacher was instantly killed as were many of the children. This opening scene displayed the randomness of warfare in which surviving is sometimes a factor of luck as opposed to skill.

When the initial waves of attacks occur, there are going to be people who are not going to survive who were well-prepared to survive a long-term battle. Despite the uncertainty of survival in an initial wave of attacks, following some of the steps that follow can minimize one’s risks.

Lack of Community and Personal Preparation Leads to Large Loss of Life

When the proverbial poop hits the fan, many will soon discover that they there were their own worst enemy by failing to prepare. The just-in-time deliveries have stopped and what you have at your disposal is all you have at your disposal. Houston and Katrina should have taught America that the stores will be empty on the first day. Following this realization will be the sudden and naked awareness that either you must defend what you have, or if you are going to survive, you must take from those who have prepared.  Oh, you say will not do that? When you look at your starving children, how far would you be willing to go to save them?

The Inability to Guard Your Yard

One of the most fundamental mistakes one makes with regard to personal preparation, is the failure to form a network of personal and community alliances.  History teaches that only a few families are in a loose confederation of alliances with each other, many in the same neighborhood will follow suit. One rule of prepping consists of having developed relationships with people who will have their back and vice versa. You will need help because you could simultaneously be dealing with marauders and those that did not prepare. You must be willing to use deadly force. Have you had this discussion with your conscience?

The Importance of Geography and What to Avoid

The worst place to be caught in such a situation will be in an urban environment, or even in a suburban environment. If your area is targeted for action, the behavior of the invading troops is quite unpredictable. If you are lucky enough to avoid initial occupation, you will still be dealing with rampaging gangs looking for resources that they failed to acquire. If it is possible for one to relocate to a safer area, one has to hope for adequate warning and the ability to get there.

Being in transit when trouble hits is problematic. The resulting gridlock could place you in severe jeopardy. If I were a gangster who needed resources, I would go to the local highway as there will be a multitude of unarmed, or lightly armed people trapped in cars and they will make easy pickings. The message here is to stay off of the main roads and it is best if you have rendezvous points (ie safe houses) throughout your daily travels for both you and your family members. Each family member should be equipped with communications, tied to each other, for each family member/ally.