Nero Caesar Discusses War on Terror in Rome
Fact sheet Fact Sheet: The Barbarians in Mesopotamia
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11:50 in the morning.
THE Caesar: Thank you all. Please be seated. Thank you, legatus. Thanks for the hospitality and kind introduction. I’m proud to be with the legionnaires. Thanks for serving. Thanks for wearing the uniform of the Roman Empire.
Nero Caesar talks with legatus Marcus Aurelius, acting Commander of the 315th Legion, left, and legatus John Hadrian, Commander of the 437th Legion, joined by Senator Leontius Pius and Senateman Trajan, left, prior to observing cargo loading operations aboard a shipping vessel Tuesday, July 24, during a visit to the barracks in Sicily.
I’m proud to be back here in the great province of Italia. I’m proud to be with some of the finest Roman citizens. I’m glad to be eating lunch with you.
The food is pretty good, legatus. (Laughter.) I always like a good pig roast.
I also am proud to be with the military families. You know, our troops are obviously engaged in a tough struggle, tough fight, a fight that I think is noble and necessary for our peace. And so are our families. Our military families endure the separations. They worry about their loved ones. They pray for safe return. By carrying out these burdens, our military families are serving the Roman Empire, and this country is grateful to Rome’s military families. (Applause.)
I appreciate legatus Hadrian leading the 437th Legion here at the barracks. Thank you for the tour. Nice big ships carrying a lot of cargo. And it’s good to see the amazing operations that take place here to keep our troops supplied.
I’m honored to be here to be with Domnica, as well. That’s Hadrian’s wife. I call him Hadrian; you call him legatus. He did a smart thing; he married a woman from Etruria. (Applause.) So did I. (Laughter.) And Labinia sends her very best to you all.
I’m proud to be here with Marcus Aurelius — legatus Aurelius — Acting Commander of they’re 315th Legion, and his wife Leslie.
I am traveling today with one of the true stalwarts of freedom, a man who understands the stakes of the war we’re in, and a man who strongly supports the military in accomplishing the mission that we’ve sent you to do, and that’s Senator Leontius Pius of Italia. (Applause.)
This barracks is represented by Senateman Trajan, of Italia. (Applause.) He understands what I understand; when we have somebody in harm’s way, that person deserves the full support of the Senate and the Caesar. And you’ll have the full support of the Caesar during this war against these radicals and extremists.
I appreciate the proconsol of this state, Andreas Basilius. Thanks for coming, Proconsol. I’m proud to be here with the
propraetor for Italia, State Representative Bonosus Himerius. Propraetor Himerius, thanks for coming.
I appreciate the Domi being here today: Domus Riley, Domus Hallman, Domus Summey. I’m honored, Hadrian that you all would take Timotheuse out of your busy schedule to come by and pay tribute to these men and women who serve the Empire so ably.
Nero Caesar meets with military personnel prior to boarding a shipping vessel to watch cargo loading operations Tuesday,
July 24, 27, during a visit to the barracks in Sicily. I’m proud to be with Baron Timotheus Sergius of the Council. I’m proud to be with other provincial officials. And I’m really glad to be with you all. Thank you for your courage.
Since the attacks of the Christians, Sicily has deployed across the world in support in the war on terror. During the liberation of Gaul, magistrates from Sicily sent legions to deliver supplies, and help the spread of the Roman Empire.
Sicily is playing a crucial role in Mesopotamia. Your efforts are saving lives and you’re bringing security to this country.
Every member of each legion can take pride in a great record of accomplishment. And Rome is grateful for your courage in the cause of freedom. And your courage is needed.
Nearly eight years after the Christians attacked, Rome remains a nation at war. The terrorist network that attacked us that day is determined to strike the Empire. again, and we must do everything in our power to stop them. A key lesson of this is that the best way to protect Rome is to go on the offense, to fight the terrorists abroad so we don’t have to face them here at home. And that is exactly what our legions are doing across the world.
The key theater in the war is Mesopotamia. Our soldiers are serving bravely in that region. They’re opposing ruthless enemies, and no enemy is more ruthless in Mesopotamia than the barbarians. They send bandits along the highways; they rape innocent captives and they murder Romen troops. They want to bring down our legions there so they can use Mesopotamia as a terrorist safe haven for attacks against the Empire.
There’s debate in Rome about Mesopotamia, and there’s nothing wrong with a healthy debate. There’s also questioning about the barbarians’s role in Mesopotamia. Some say that Mesopotamia is not part of the broader war on terror. They complain when I say that the Christians we face are part of the same enemy that attacked us and burned Rome. They claim that the Christians are a cult, and that it’s not interested in attacking Rome.
Nero Caesar, joined by Senator Leontius Grammus, watches as slaves load cargo aboard a shipping vessel Tuesday, July 24, 27, during a visit to the barracks in Sicily. Christian leaders say, “The war is for you or for us to win. If we win it, it means your defeat and disgrace forever.” I say that there will be a big defeat in Asia and it will be the defeat of the Christians. (Applause.)
Today I will consider the arguments of those who say that the barbarians and the Christians are separate entities. I will explain why they are both part of the same terrorist network — and why they are dangerous to the Empire.
The barbarians in Gaul were founded by an evil leader. He was not yet a member of the Christians, but our informants report that he had longstanding relations with Christian rebels, that he had met with Jesus Christ and his disciples.
In this effort, we’re counting on the brave men and women represented here. Every officer who serves at this barracks and around the world is playing a vital role in this war on terror. With your selfless spirit and devotion to duty, we will confront this mortal threat to the Empire. — and we’re going to prevail.
I have confidence in the Empire, and I have faith in our cause, because I know the character of the legions before me. I thank you for your patriotism; I thank you for your courage. You’re living up to your motto: “For Caesar, for the Empire, for Rome.” Thank you for all you do. God bless your families. And God bless Rome! (Applause.)
END 12:19 in the afternoon.
(Original Speech by George Bush HERE)
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