The Pyrrhic Victory

The General’s car chased them, driving past wrecked tanks, shattered buildings, and ever present smoke.

When the retreating rebels crossed the border and left Pyrria forever, Supreme Leader Abbad let out a victory whoop. He’d fought the war for 32 years. The millions dead and many millions who fled never dissuaded his resolve to win at any cost.

He alone seemed happy. None of his staff in the car smiled.

They’ve fought too hard and too long by my side, he thought.

They exited the car at the border, beside the sign marking Pyrrian territory.

“Everybody,” said Abbad. “You’ve earned a break. Go home! General. Where do you live?”

“City of Liqual.”

Abbad grimaced. “That’s not in Pyrria. Habbib. Where do you live?”

“City of Damal.”

“That’s not in Pyrria, either!”

His staff left him there, all by himself. Abbad finally noticed the border sign. It read:

Welcome to Pyrria. Population: 1

Written for What Pegman Saw:

Author’s Notes:

The Syrian Civil War began in 2011. As of 2016 more than 400,000 Syrians have been killed. 5 million have fled the country and 6.3 million have been displaced internally.

I normally try to make this place a refuge, a place to find a laugh instead of a cry. But sometimes a picture inspires something other than humor. If you came here looking for a break from the morose, I apologize. This is only a temporary departure. I can’t take anything seriously for too long. More ridiculous notions are on their way here.

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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19 Responses to The Pyrrhic Victory

  1. pennygadd51 says:

    You’re right – this was not a place to prompt humour – far too much blood has been spilled, and far too many lives shattered. It would be nice to think that warmongering leaders would be shunned by the rest of us. Sadly that never seems to happen.
    It was alovely idea of yours, though, and a well-told tale.

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    • EagleAye says:

      It just shocks me that after all the destruction, all the refugees fleeing the country, and the mountains of international condemnation, Assad still pursues his quixotic quest. He is a madman.

      Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks very much, Penny!

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  2. A well-named place. I just used this phrase to describe the first American bombing attack on Schweinfurt.

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  3. prior.. says:

    you can be serious anytime you want (IMO) and well done for the prompt. and chilling end with that “1”

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  4. There is a time to stop fighting. When we move beyond that time we do often find ourselves standing alone.

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  5. Dear Eric,

    This sent a hollow wind through me. Well done.



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  6. Lyn says:

    Sometimes we need to be reminded of the results produced by war.

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  7. The story is well told Eric. Sometimes photos and paintings will evoke strong emotions in me as well. You did right by writing what was in your heart. It is sad and unfortunate there is so much was and death in this world. We should all stay aware and count our blessings if we are not directly affected. By everyday I see something in the news that makes me think “There by the grace of God go I” 🤗

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thank so much Courtney! It can be frustrating sometimes to watch all this on the news and wonder why people have gone mad. For some walking to the market is walking through the valley of death. We just have to hope humanity eventually wakes up from our self-created nightmare.

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  8. k rawson says:

    This really transcends flash fiction. Your story is a timeless parable. Unfortunately, it’s both timeless and timely.

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  9. draliman says:

    Well, he did “win”, I suppose. Nicely done!

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