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12 Myths of 21th Century War

November 4, 2007

Hersir has ’em.

Myth No. 1: War doesn’t change anything.

Myth No. 2: Victory is impossible today.

Myth No. 3: Insurgencies can never be defeated.

Myth No. 4: There’s no military solution; only negotiations can solve our problems.

Myth No. 5: When we fight back, we only provoke our enemies.

Myth No. 6: Killing terrorists only turns them into martyrs.

Myth No. 7: If we fight as fiercely as our enemies, we’re no better than them.

Myth No. 8: The United States is more hated today than ever before.

Myth No. 9: Our invasion of Iraq created our terrorist problems.

Myth No. 10: If we just leave, the Iraqis will patch up their differences on their own.

Myth No. 11: It’s all Israel’s fault. Or the popular Washington corollary:

Myth No. 12: The Middle East’s problems are all America’s fault.

Go read them all in detail.
HT to soldiergrrrl

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Bad news for the bad guys

July 2, 2007

From Strategy Page:

Al Qaeda operations continue to decline, as the number of al Qaeda members, and leaders killed or captured, goes up. Then there’s al Qaeda media activity. Up until last Fall, 93 percent of al Qaeda Internet announcements were video. Since then, most of them are just audio, and sounding increasingly less confident. There is good reason for that lack of confidence. American and Pakistani attacks (usually with missiles or smart bombs) along the Afghan border in the last two years have killed an increasing number of foreign fighters.

[What worries Al Qaeda is] the increasing amount of accurate information the counter-terror forces are getting. No one is talking, but al Qaeda chatter claims that either the Americans have some wondrous new bit of technology, or Yankee money has corrupted more al Qaeda members to give up information. The Taliban is suffering the same kind of casualties, and coming up with the same paranoid theories. More people in Pakistan and Afghanistan, some of them innocent, are being accused of spying, and killed by the Taliban and al Qaeda. Some of those multi-million dollar rewards for terrorists have been collected. Some openly, some more discretely. There is some reason to be paranoid.

Al Qaeda is having some success in the Western media, and among Moslems living in Europe. But those expatriate Moslems are handicapped by many of their brethren who are not enthusiastic about Islamic terrorism. The police get tips, make arrests, and al Qaeda losses a few more true believers.

Read the whole thing.

An interesting observation on the London Terror Attacks

July 1, 2007

The folks at WizBangBlog note:

As you may know (but not if you rely only on left-wing “weblogs” for your news), London recently averted a potentially catastrophic double car-bomb attack. In addition, only a day later a flaming SUV rammed into the Glasgow airport.

And what do our lefty Internet pals have to say about these horrid events? Well, as of this writing, not too bloody much. At the front page of the Daily Kos, for example, you’ll find nary a discussion of these twin terrorist plots. Apparently, endless ruminations on the impeachment of President Bush are far more popular.

At the “weblog” of the liberal American Prospect, you won’t find anything either. The staff of the Prospect is too shell-shocked over recent Supreme Court decisions to discuss terrorism–though they didn’t prevent them from “posting” on more nugatory topics such as China’s labor laws.

We only wish we could say the same thing for the loveable loons at The Huffington Post. But no: The Huffy Po dutifully relayed reports of the attacks on their main page, only to be greeted with reader comments claiming they must be CIA plots. Oh, dear.

Quite frankly, dear reader, this speaks to a disgusting malaise amongst the Democratic base. These folks detest President Bush so much that they are fundamentally incapable of seeing the dangers of terrorism. As such, they simply close their eyes and pretend that Islamofascism isn’t a threat to the West.

The lead story in today’s Boston Globe, “Rage on the Bikeway”, the London Terror Attacks are relegated to page A5

The Globe story states that one of the attackers of Glasgow Airport was shouting “Allah! Allah!” while he was one fire.