Thursday, October 14, 2010
Totally suspect, the recent Afghan UnAssing Consortium gets additional spiritual s'pport from the somewhat suspect "Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It"
Totally anti COIN - the authors attempt to present a curious meme that counter insurgency operations (deceitfully termed out as 'occupations') actually crank out an avalanche of suicide bombers.
Reinforced with data from "...every suicide terrorist attack worldwide from 1980 to 2009... analysis of suicide campaigns by Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Israel, Chechnya, and Sri Lanka...only a tiny minority of these attacks are motivated solely by religion. Instead, the root cause is foreign military occupation, which triggers secular and religious people alike to carry out suicide attacks"
Sorry! Uh, zoned out there for a sec. Say what, now?
In order for this to truly be true - where is the data on exponentially increasing suicide attackers from Deutschland, Osterreiches, Italy, Soko, Nippon, Philippines, Cyprus, Cuba or any of the ancient Warsaw Pact?
Why no rowdy Deutschers detonating themselves for Right of Return to Danzig and Konigsburg? Or Greek kamikazes for Smyrna?
Cutting the Fuse is really code for cut and run - pleading a case for "...new, effective solutions that America and its allies can sustain for decades, relying less on ground troops in Muslim countries and more on off-shore, over-the-horizon military forces along with political and economic strategies to empower local communities to stop terrorists in their midst..."
That kind of "Offshore Balancing" approach means Great Satan/NATO "...will not be engaged with military forces on the ground, and yet what we have learned in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan is that we achieve our objectives most fully when indigenous forces are partnered with us and made able to take over the work of U.S. forces in the fight. They have greater legitimacy, local knowledge, and make the outcome most durable..."
"...An offshore balancing approach is also inherently retaliatory and has been shown to increase the resistance of affected populations to supporting our objectives. We threaten to use force from the safe confines of distance; that use of force may have pinpoint accuracy but will often be less precise and cause more civilian casualties than forces on the ground, which will again feed into public attitudes about whether to support U.S. goals.
"...Instead of working with the people most affected and helping build their capacity to protect themselves, offshore balancing does little to change the problem in positive ways.
Pic - "Moreover, al Qaeda and the Taliban have done everything to stop the drone attacks by killing hundreds of innocent civilians on the pretext of their being American spies.
Posted by GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD at 12:05 AM