Skip to comments.US General Explains How to Fight Terrorism
Posted on 02/08/2008 5:09:32 AM PST by SJackson
(IsraelNN.com) US Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Nick Halley, a veteran Vietnam, Grenada and Desert Storm (Iraq) commander and general, says the war against radical Islam is a no-choice prospect, in which the West must do everything it can to win.
In his book Terrorism: The Target is You!, Gen. Halley calmly but emphatically calls upon the American public to internalize that the war imposed upon them by extremist Muslims is for real. Each and every citizen has a role to play in this war, Halley says, mainly in understanding that a concerted war effort is crucial. His list of Do's and Don'ts includes the following: Don't judge progress based on casualty reports; Don't have unrealistic expectations; Don't overreact to bad news or future terrorist attacks; Do be alert; and Do put aside political differences in order to present a unified front against radical Islam.
What Happened in Somalia
Halley writes that the terrorists were emboldened to begin their war by an incident that occurred in 1993 in Somalia:
"We [the U.S.] went to that country with the purest of intentions - to restore order, end the civil war, and prevent the starvation of tens of thousands of Muslim people. The Muslim warlords were preventing international aid from being properly distributed to the starving people.
"In an Army Ranger operation against one of those warlords, Mohammed Farah Aideed, a Blackhawk helicopter was shot down and 18 Americans were killed in the operation... Our response was to leave Somalia.
"This was the final event that persuaded the international terrorist leaders and their organizations - especially Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda - that the US would not strongly respond militarily to terrorist attacks... The terrorists became convinced that the most powerful country in the world had a very weak will. They were persuaded that we could be defeated in any conflict by turning American public opinion against a particular conflict simply by killing enough Americans over a period of time. In effect, the real target of the terrorist attack is the American people. They want to break the will of the American people. This so-called 'Somalia Strategy' is the basis of their current strategy [emphasis in the original]."
Gen. Halley, who commanded thousands of soldiers in Vietnam, Grenada and Iraq (Desert Storm), writes that this war is the most dangerous and difficult war in US history, for several reasons: The enemies are hard to identify and isolate; they want to kill not only soldiers, but regular citizens and their children; the vast expanses of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans that protected the US in previous wars are not effective against a terrorist war; and the war can be expected to last two decades or more.
Though the strategy of deterrence helped win the Cold War against the Soviet Union, Halley asserts that it is very ineffective against terrorists who want to "kill us and our children, and [are] willing and even anxious to die in that process. Deterrence simply does not work under those conditions."
Instead, Halley explains, the necessary strategy - though it has its dangers - is that of pre-emptiveness. It calls for attacking any country or group that presents a "clear and present" danger, even if not imminent. It "basically calls for us to hunt down and destroy any enemies before they strike, not after."
The Media's Role
Halley emphasizes that the media has an important role to play in this war. "We are doing better in the global war against the radical Muslim groups than most citizens think," he writes. "Unfortunately, the bad news is being over-reported, while the good news is being under-reported. This is causing great confusion and creating divisions in American public opinion that is significantly reducing public support for this critical war. The continuing erosion of support - not defeats on the battlefield - could cause us to eventually lose this war. The enemy is counting on this."
One of its closing quotations was uttered by World War II General Douglas MacArthur: "It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win."
“In his book Terrorism: The Target is You!, Gen. Halley calmly but emphatically calls upon the American public to internalize that the war imposed upon them by extremist Muslims is for real.”
Won’t happen until we can knock off this political correctness crap and actually name our enemy. It’s not a War on Terror, it’s a war on Islamic extremists.
There, fixed it for ya'. No need for redundancy.
I kinda liked what they did centuries ago and put the captured enemies heads on poles.
You would be amazed how many "well-educated" people I know who think that, because it's in print, it must be true. I don't know how to reverse this belief system, but a way must be found.
Being able to internalize the WOT requires that we be able to name the enemy without the DhimmiRats’ collective sphincter spasming. We need to get past the PC multi-culti crap and stop spinning this confrontation as anything but the clash of cultures that is truly is.
Islam has been at war with civilization since the seventh century. There is no negotiation possible, which should be clear even to the DemLib CodePinko dimwits who think Kumbaya is the global anthem. These Islamofascists have been very clear in their quest. They are commanded by their playbook, the quran, to Convert the Infidel, Enslave the Infidel, or Kill the Infidel; there is nothing negotiable there, despite the pleas by some on the Left to invite the Islamofascists to the table. The enemy would see this as another sign of weakness, lack of resolve.
Well, this is one infidel who doesn’t like the choices. So, I choose freedom.
Lock and Load.
Hello NY Times ... the terrorists favorite intelligence source and propaganda tool ... catch a clue.
The US has already won the won on terror once - only back then they were called “Comanches”. And the answer was called “Texas Rangers”.
Arguing to change the name is a waste of time. It's called what it's called, and there's nothing you can do about it.
We’re going nowhere when the closest thing we have to a leader calls the enemy a religon of peace and mercy and does nothing to stop the hordes from pouring across our border.
As bad as Jorge the Mexican is, the others are twice as bad.
Our beauracracy is more of an impediment to our survival than our enemies.
I don't think of them as extremists. They are fundamentalists. They are practicing the religion as given them from Allah in the Koran, and following the examples set by the prophet Muhammad.
But at least calling them Islamic extremists puts the blame in a roundabout way on the fundamental problem, - the religion itself.
But it is still a PC approach. - Tom
Take out their neighborhoods, or they will take out ours!
With PC in control of America's leaders, the later will happen!
Excellent article with great, great truths.
I immediately thought of other threads today on FR, and on Limbaugh’s site, where there is nothing but feverish and continuing incitement to division and mayhem because of U. S. domestic politics.
Islamic terrorists desiring to kill us all along with freedom and liberty must take great delight in this. A nation divided cannot stand.
Fine, as far as it goes, but this falls far short of understanding and dealing with the problem.
Perhaps the book discusses it, but the article does not: the roots of this war are cultural and religious, not military. Specifically, it is a situation where a vibrant, dynamic, and dominant Westernized culture threatens to sweep away an ancient and essentially dormant one. People hate change, especially where their cultures are concerned.
The salamikazes are afraid for their (fanatically held) religious beliefs, and are fighting to keep them from crumbling. And they're able to transmit that fear to the more general population, which allows them a place to live, and a pool of recruits from which to raise the next generation of terrorists.
And thus, while it is necessary to hunt down and fight terrorists wherever they may be, it is not sufficient. We can't really win the war against Islamic fundamentalism unless and until their culture changes.
It will take a generation, but the two biggest factors in accomplishing this are straightforward: instill respect for the rule of law, and free the women -- with the latter being by far the most important.
It's a long time till the election, it will dissipate and we'll get back to the issues.
It would appear in 2008 that the terrorists are correct in their assessment. With the exception of the unwavering President Bush a small number of other elected officials, the vast majority are in fact lacking in the will to fight and persevere.
They have been aided by the media and democratic party to weaken what was a strong American consensus just a few years ago.
How to fight Terrorism.
Step one: Locate Terrorists or their supporters,
Step two: Apply massive amounts of ordinance to location,
Step three: Send troops in to identify bodies (or remianing parts thereof).
Repeat as necessary.
Really, its not that hard.
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