posted on Jun, 24 2005 @ 12:31 PM
You CAN wind the war on terror by winning the hearts and minds of the very people that the terrorists use to support them. This - in my humble
opinion - was one of the flaws with the Viet Nam war. By firing, bombing villages, towns and cities as was the case in Viet Nam, caused more people to
rally to the guerilla cause, than any other way.
In Malaya after WWII, CTs were causing havouc - assasinating police etc. 22 Rgt SAS was reformed to take the fight to the enemy. To cut a long story
short, the SAS won the battle for control of the indiginous population, thus robbing the CTs of 'homeland' support.
At the same time, aggressive 'search and destroy' missions took the fight to the CTs and after some memorable ambushes and small patrol
'contacts', the CTs gave up and went home.
The SAS did the same thing in Borneo a few months later and again, in Oman where we really got stuck in with 'hearts and minds'. Things came a head
at Mirbat when 600-800 Adoo attacked this sleepy little coastal town.
Unfortunately 'B' sqn 22 SAS stood in their way but they did not expect such a fight. After some heroic actions by Labalaba, Tobin (to name but 2)
and after two BAC Strikemaster attacks, the Adoo also gave up and went home to the Yeman.
The trouble with Iraq is, that they dont want ANY outsiders in their country. Yes, they are grateful to the US for getting rid of Saddam, but
they want to be left alone - to do things their own way. They don't like the American, British, French or any other way of life. The Arab is a
friendly guy, who just wants to get on and do things their own way and by God, if anybody trys to get them to change their way of life, they'll fight
to the death to stop them.
With regards to Osama Bin Laden, it is a well known fact that he is a disafected member of the Saud royal family. He wants to see - what he regards as
a corrupt system of government - overthrown by a popular uprising.
BUT Saudi Arabia is virtually a Police State with almost daily public executions at the notorious 'Chop-Chop Square' in Riyhad. People are
imprisoned without trial, people 'disappear', prisoners are tortured until they turn in their own families for crimes dreampt up by the secret
The biggest crime of all? The West's continual support for a corrupt government in a corrupt country. Can you blame Bin Laden for trying to change
things? His methods might not be to our tastes but it is nore more than we deserve.
Before you jump on my back and call for MY public execution by the most gruesome method available (soggy wet lettuce, please) I do not support
Bin Laden or any other terrorist/freedom fighter.
You do not have to resort to violence in order to change things, but sometimes it is the only way.
For us here in the UK, a long bloody terrorist war is almost at an end. The Provisional IRA (who many Americans supported) has finally realised that
they cannot win the hearts and minds of the British people with the bomb and bullet. They chose instead to fight successive governments with the
rhetoric of politics and the ballot paper. Now that works!
One other thing. A long time ago, when westerners were being kidnapped in Beruit during the civil war, some prat decided it would be good to kidnap
the Soviet cultural or military attache.
Following some really outlandish demands from the kidnappers, the daughter of a local terror group went missing. The story going round at the time,
was that the little finger was sent by messanger to this guy with a letter. In it, the KGB said something like, 'Unless you realease our boss, we'll
mail your daughter back to you, piece by piece!' The following day, the hostage was released. It also turned out, that the finger was not the little
girl's. Even the KGB were not that barbaric - but in this particular case, meeting terror with terror - did work. Nobody never bothered the