Originally posted by Karlhungis
How do you fight an enemy that gives you two options, conform to their will or die? An enemy that views death as a reward.
...So, how do you deal with such an enemy? ...
I want this to be about the philosophical aspect of it, not the political. Meaning, I don't want this to be a discussion about invading countries or
poor political policies that have brought us to where we are. I just wonder how people view the question.
How do you fight an enemy with nothing to lose?
Note: I do not condone some of the things I am going to say here, but this is purely philosophical discussion.
If you speak of muslims, easy. Make all of our troops soak their bullets in pig's blood. In every town, if the troops are attacked, take every
enemy killed, and throw their bodies in a grinder with pigs. One pig for one enemy. Grind their bodies together, so they could never be separated,
then bury it.
If you speak of other cultures, that too is easy: IF YOU ARE BRUTAL ENOUGH. Take a playbook out of Genghis Khan or the Roman Empire. Walk into a
town, city, or village. Ask for their immediate surrender. Say that if they do not surrender, we will level the entire village, killing ALL men,
women, and children in the village, except one person. Only that single person will be spared. He will live to tell others what to expect. If they
surrender, put your guys in charge, but for the most part, LEAVE THEM ALONE. Let them know that if anyone attacks, harasses or messes with your men,
or their occupation, the same rules apply. You will level the village, killing everyone but one.
While men are more than capable of dying for their cause in mass numbers, women will ALWAYS simply bend over for their new slave-masters. So, you
give the men their "reward". Kill them off.
Third way. Don't say anything. Don't attempt to negotiate. Drop tactical nukes, nukes, neutron bombs, chemical weapons, biological weapons, etc.
ANYTHING THAT KILLS THE INHABITANTS. Totally wipe out their population, leaving no survivors. Problem solved.
Now, there is one other way, but it takes a LOT longer, and while the long-term outcome is never in doubt, the short term is up for grabs. Send in
our own "warriors" who do not fear death, and welcome it as a reward. Traditionally, in the Christian church, these were called "martyrs". It's
a lot less bloody (but not bloodless, mind you), but effective none the less, and to varying degrees. Sun Tzu said that the greatest victory was to
turn an enemy into a friend.