CNN reports that the Taliban vows to fight “To The Last Drop of Blood”
. Sounds like to me to be reminiscent of the Japanese at the end of WWII. If you remember the Japanese vowed to fight to the very last man, women, & child, even to the point of committing suicide either through “Seppuku”
. It is the whole reason why President Truman decided to use the Atom Bomb.
Some of you know that I really like the movie “Patton”. There is a long story as to why, that I’m not going to go into here, just know it has made a big impact on my life. In addition to the movie I have done considerable research into “General Patton”, his life, family history, and his fighting philosophy. Although very controversial, Patton had one view that most agreed on, “To defeat your enemy you must take away his ability to wage war”.
Most people understand bombing communications stations, hitting leadership hideouts, disarming the enemy, or even killing the enemy before he kills you. But to truly take away all your enemies abilities you must also take away his “Will to Fight”. If you take away their rockets, guns, radios, knives, or even their food but not their will to fight they will keep fighting even if it’s just with sticks and stones.
During WWII the allies “Broke the Will” of the German people with “Carpet Bombing” of cities and not just “The German War Machine”. This technique of “Total War” was also used during “Sherman’s March to the Sea”. As a result in both campaigns the civilian population that was supporting Nazi Germany and the South, had a heart change and decided to change their ways and enter the “World Stage”.
What makes our battle with terrorist groups so hard is that we take everything from them except their “Will to Fight”. That will is deep rooted and goes back well over 2000 years. I’ll be the first to say that I don’t have all the answers on how to uproot that will to fight. “Carpet Bombing” isn’t going to work in this situation. There are many piece loving Muslims that live in the Middle East and are to inter-dispersed with those that do wish to fight the world.
Now our President and the White House Says, “It would be irresponsible to send more troops to Afghanistan until a sound Government is in place.” Well let’s see what history has to say. After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which we helped the Afghan people to remove the Soviets, we just pulled out. It left a large void in the country, which was then filled by the Taliban, which created a home for Al-Qaeda. We all know what happened then.
Now is not the time to go soft on terrorists. Obama promised us on the day he became president that he would be tough on terrorism. This is not it! I didn’t even like what Bush did in fighting terrorism, he was to soft as well. Whether the Afghan’s have working form of Government or not is not the point or the issue at hand. We should be aggressively seeking, searching, and destroying our enemy’s ability to wage war. To not do so would be the true irresponsibility!