Jordan’s Camel-Riding Desert Forces – A Reliable Defense. We Should Be So Lucky

Posted on December 19, 2010


Budweiser in the desert? These are not military camels but camels who belong to a wealthy man who died and left them to his sons. Single hump camels are referred to as Dromedaries.

Back in the mid-19th Century, several books were written on the uses of camels.  Among the most famous was penned by George Perkins Marsh, American diplomat and philologist, who is considered by some to be America’s first environmentalist. [Wikipedia]

Marsh considered the military use for this beast of burden that could thrive in a desert.  It could patrol the American southwest.  Of course it was a good idea and as with all good ideas in our government, it was thrown out with the bath water before it was hatched.

This past week we learned to our horror and at our great dollar cost that a missile defense test was not exactly successful.  The South Koreans have locked eyes with us again across the DMZ and have been bragging that they now have missiles that can hit Hawaii – perhaps the mainland.  Suddenly, camels are looking good – really good and reminders of them proliferate in every Christmas  pageant – especially the famous one in Radio City that follows the Rockette’s Christmas show per the will of the group’s founder.

One country relies on them heavily: The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has what may turn out to be the best defense system in the world – Bedouin troops on camels!  They patrol 82% of the kingdom.

Perhaps we need to reconsider the camel for duty along the southern border and now also along the DMZ.  Camels are mean and nasty. They will scare away terrorists and invaders long before a weapon comes into view.  Think of the savings.

Look who has the last laugh.