“We who hold the Western Seas hold Liberty.”
Herodotus once told a story of the people of Psylli, the land which is now Tripoli; of how when the burning simoon had parched their reservoirs they met in council and declared war on the wind. With flying banners and the clash of arms their forces marched into the desert to attack the south wind which was their foe; and they disappeared into the red vortex of sand and storm and were never seen again.
At first glance the action of the people of Psylli seems the mere use of power without policy. However, there was a policy, if only a superstition translated in terms of action; the vanquishing of a public enemy by force. The trouble was that the means were not adequate to the occasion.