Phillipi Generals Release Statements
By Danny McNulty
RESPECTIVE CAMPS, PHILLIPI Today, the four generals (Antonius, Octavius, Cassius, and Brutus) were interviewed about the state of their ongoing conflict at Phillipi, The generals prophesied their upcoming victory in separate statements. Antonius said "we are currently out numbered by these traitors, but our men have hope and courage and thus are infinitely stronger. We will overrun the enemy at our next engagement."
Octavius stated, at the same time, "we are prepared. We will withstand any defense they put up and slaughter their men like the dogs they are".
This is a distinct change from Octavius' previous statements, which focused on respect for enemies and proper treatment of captives. Cassius himself mentioned this in his statement. "No matter what Octavian or Antonius chooses to do, the Republic will prevail, and all will be treated with due respect and dignity," he said.
Critics have noticed that while Cassius promises proper treatment of the defeated, in the field, he executes them indiscriminately. Brutus echoed Cassius' high minded statements. "We, as the leaders of the Republic, wish only to stop those that oppose us; not with vengeance in mind, nor punishment in heart, but simply the need to protect ourselves". Brutus' ideals have yet to be tested, for in his two most recent battles, he was not victorious.
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