reply to post by Tinhatman
You are spot-on with that. Seriously well put.
If we replay out the last 100 years of Middle East politics, but change the actors from Iran, Iraq, Syria, etc. to Canada, the US, Mexico, etc.,
you'd understand why these folks are so damned pissed off. They've had foreign troops on their soil permanently for all this time, they've been
played like puppets for someone else's gain, and they've had enough. If North Korea gave Canada a bunch of guns to attack the US, then turned up a
few decades later to "help out", I doubt most Americans would sit on their hands and give them a chance. I'm sure they'd be doing exactly the
that these guys are doing.
The asymmetric nature of our modern armies against poverty-stricken insurgents means they have no choice but to level the playing field any way they
can, which means hiding in civilian populations. Winston Churchill made plans for Britain to do just that - secret hides in the forrest where
soldiers would hide up after the German invasion. They wouldn't wear uniforms, and they were ordered to kill anyone (British or German) who found
out their hiding place or their real purpose. The hidden soldiers were ordered to do anything they could to harass the enemy. It's called "not
surrendering", and it's an idea all countries, western, eastern, and in the middle, adhere to. Acting surprised that these guys hide from an M1
abrams tank in a mosque or a hospital is, well, bizarre, as it's exactly what we'd do. Take my previous "North Korean Aggression" scenario - if
the US insurgents were out-gunned, would they stand in the open, far away from civilians, to fire on North Korean tanks with their M-16s, or would
they do what they could to give themselves a fighting chance?
I'm not condoning violence - I believe when we pick up a weapon we've already lost, regardless of the outcome of the battle. Diplomacy and
education are our greatest non-lethal weapons, and we seem to forget just how powerful they are.
Every lost life is a terrible thing. Everyone on both sides is a brother/father/husband/son or a sister/mother/wife/daughter, and they all leave
behind families and friends, who will grieve long after we've forgotten the statistics.