a reply to: ScientificRailgun
You see, this binary set of options does not work for me. On the one hand, you have the "Either arm and fund groups in the mideast, or put massive
numbers of boots on the ground, and absorb bullets for another decade." option, and on the other you have the "Do nothing what so ever, and have
everyone question the size of your man marbles as a nation.".
These options are utter nonsense of course, because there is always another way, and personally speaking, I cannot for the life of me understand why
the intelligence communities of the western world, do not operate anti-terror guerilla forces made up of professional, hardened, and staunchly
anti-fascist assassins and saboteurs. Throwing a small number of throat slitters whose names have been erased from their nations history, into the mix
to dismember, disrupt, and demoralise the actual terrorists, without ever killing an innocent person, will be better than both the other options for
the following reasons.
a) Boots on the ground means air support, and air support generally speaking, means flattening entire apartment blocks, just to kill those five guys
manning the machine gun nest on the fifth floor, or obliterating a hospital full of women and children, just because there are some fellows using the
ambulance bay as a mortar position. The number of innocent lives taken during such an invasion, can be tracked back to the number of terrorists it
creates, if one has a mind to do so. The more mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers, husbands, and wives, that die in one anothers arms, or are
vapourised in explosions, the more terrorists you get, and you know what? I hate the idea that some people really think that they, in their highness
and mightyness would not feel the same way if it happened to them. If you do not understand that exact sort of loss, then what the hell right have you
to judge the actions of a person driven mad by it?
It also means a highly visible force, trying to fight against an organisation that while capable from a military perspective, is just as happy
fighting a shadow war, striking and then buggering off back into the shadows. This means that the highly visible occupying force, will be sitting
there taking fire from every damned angle, and new angles every day, while being unable to either advance or retreat without causing more crap to hit
the fan, at every turn.
That plan, for that reason, sucks a big one, possibly several depending on its appetite at the time. A small, invisible force of demolitions experts
however, could destroy captured military machinery, neutering the firepower of the organisation, disrupt its ability to transport men and machinery
around the theatre in question, and ultimately jack up their entire command chain by stripping it of its material resources and finance.
A small force of assassins could errode, slowly and inexorably, the command chain further, by detonating their skulls at a thousand yards with
powerful rifles, or dismembering a high ranking commander a week in the dead of night, and nail gunning the bastard to a street sign in pieces, to be
discovered in the morning. Crucially, these forces should be deniable, small enough to go undetected, be trained to strike from deepest darkness and
without warning, be trained in how to go completely to ground, stalk the target, and hit them again and again, without capture, without being located,
and to strike not just with extreme, but TOTAL precision and prejudice.
b) Although I wholly and completely refute the idea that it matters a God damn what anyone thinks of the size of ones man marbles, the fact of the
matter is that the ignorant savages we call our species, seem to be rather taken with the importance of being seen to have big balls when it comes to
foriegn affairs, and proactivity is one of the most important elements of putting on the right kind of show. But one has to admit, that a show is not
worth innocent lives, and it sure as hell is not worth creating monsters for. There are greater things that this species could be doing with its time,
than taking turns to blow the ever living snot out of people, apparantly as part of some giant phallus waving contest, which, if you recall, is how
this nonsense in the Middle East, actually began. Russia and the West, waving their gonads and reproductive organs, in one anothers faces, as if to
say "Mines bigger!", "NO! MINE
Given that the war in Iraq, followed by this mandlebrot of a clusterbang, are both results of a pointless exercise in chest thumping "ego" stroking
on a national and international level, it is not worth expending massive resources to continue! What point would there be? Someone will be getting
sores out of all this, mark my words. It will be self inflicted of course, so forgive me if I lack some element of sympathy.
In summary then, while I agree with anyone who says that IS need dealing with, I think they should be dealt with in a manner which devotes the least
monetary and human resource, for the maximum in precision, collateral FREE carnage, in a manner which cannot be traced back to anyone in particular,
from any particular country. I believe that they should be scoured from the face of this Earth, but I also believe that pounding the regions that are
currently inhabited by IS, from the air, causing collateral damage and creating more terrorists as we go, is the LAST thing that the west should
involve itself in. It makes no sense, it will not solve the problem, and ultimately, things which can be done by a silent and swift blade, rather than
with a giant God damned cannon, probably ought to be done with the most surgical methods, not the least. Bombing a city is bound to cause trouble.
Carving up some sociopathic zealots under cover of darkness however, is not, and may rally free people to the cause of true freedom, something they
are not experiencing under IS, any more than they were when they were under US occupation, or for that matter, the beady and insane eye of Saddam.
edit on 5-3-2015 by TrueBrit because: Grammatical error removed.