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Many rightfully bemoan the lack of a comprehensive strategy to defeat the ISIS scourge. It doesn’t need to be that complicated from a grand/political view. The Commander in Chief (Lords knows we could use one) would issue orders to our military and such allies that will join with us to seek and destroy ISIS and all is cohorts and supporters. Defeat being defined as utter destruction of organized fighting capabilities of the enemy. Eisenhower’s orders when invading Europe in 1944 were that straightforward. In 1945 when Germany surrendered he simply advised the Combined Chiefs of Staff that the “mission of the Allied Expeditionary Forces was completed on May 8, 1945 at 02:40 hours”.
The bigger issue among the effete left is collateral damage and winning hearts and minds. As Twain said history doesn’t repeat itself but it does rhyme. The Nazis and Japs were pure evil and deserved to be destroyed root and branch which we accomplished and the world became a better place for it. We can’t eliminate every evil heart in the world but we can stop any organized mayhem and slaughter. Sure there will still be bad guys down the road but they would fall legitimately into the category of criminal activity rather than and organized assault on western civilization. Only the naive or ideologically bent would deny that this is a war to preserve our Western culture. Because the foes certainly are clear that that is their aim.
Don’t be sucked into the false argument that this would be a racially motivated war against those with dark skins. Several have made that argument before and try to give the impression that Allies were harsher against the Japs than we were the European Nazis. That is simply incorrect. Check the actual facts for yourself. We killed many more German, Italian, Hungarian and other assorted European Nazis than we did Jap soldiers. That is a fact. Many argue that we only used the A Bomb on the Japs and never would have on the Nazis. Again check that facts. We bombed the stuffing out of Germany and killed many more German civilians than we ever did in Japan even including the two A Bomb drops.
To be successful we need to not be squeamish about collateral damage. It will happen if you want to wage a military campaign that will succeed. War is nasty and messy business. It is not laser brain surgery. It is digging a big hole with pick and shovel. We killed with our bombing during the War tens of thousands of French, Czech, Danes, Dutch and Belgians and assorted others from North Africa to Berlin. As our troops advanced from the west into Germany we would destroy with artillery any village or town that put up any resistance. Those where there was no resistance were allowed to stand. No one stopped the fight for victory because of concern over collateral damage. This is not to say that many involved in the bombing and artillery salvos weren’t depressed or disturbed about the cost in human life and suffering but that was the price for victory. We should have an announced and public policy that any town, village or neighborhood that shelters or condones any ISIS or affiliate will face destruction. They outnumber that bad guys by huge amounts (or so the moderate Muslims always tell us) and don’t have to harbor them.
Any occupying army must have cooperation or at least fearful acquiescence from the local population. Yes, I admit the locals might be fearful but they need to have some courage too if they truly believe these are evil guys doing the Devil’s work. Going along to get along with ISIS is the same as supporting it. By refusing to resist at all the locals are in fact harboring the people who behead and burn those they perceive as infidels. The locals need to fear us more than the fear the Islamic radicals if that is what it takes.
The Allied military should move how, when and where the military commanders direct to complete their mission. Their mission is to destroy a fighting force, not to engage in any nation building project. The Allied countries should also not embark on any Marshall Plan as some have suggested. Let the Arab world and Mid East determine their own future and build it themselves with their own resources. We should likewise make is fundamentally clear that we will come back and do it all over again any time a similar threat arises. If the Muslims can behave like a civilized society they can peacefully participate fully in the community of man and practice their religion as they see fit. This is a war about evil actions not the religious thoughts of anyone. Like all wars of great enduring significance this is one of ideas and taking the higher moral ground as difficult and abhorrent as that may be. We don’t always get to choose the era in which we dwell.
“The moral forces are amongst the most important subjects in war. …”There is only one decisive victory; the last “. olcranky.wordpress.com