Originally Posted by steveksux
Not so sure of that, you can't get much more ruthless than the Russians in Afghanistan, the Germans in Yugoslavia and France. The British in the American Revolution.
Yet Tito's partisans were able to keep going, as was the French Resistance, and the Afghans actually drove the Soviets out with some help from us. And here we are.
I'm not much of a student of history in general though, so I'm open to some examples of that working. Would be interested if you, or anyone really, can post examples of that working, and how bad we had to make things. And then can we see ourselves in that position?
Also not sure we as a nation have a stomach for the level of brutality required given the innocents in the population in situations like that.
If Google can make a so-called "Arab Spring" and distabilize the Middle East, it isn't such a hard feat to accomplish. The people there are easily distracted by simple propaganda placed in the right place. And that is a kinder tactic to use.
The more brutal one would be scorched earth for every location sanctioning and protecting Al Queda until no one would dare give them shelter. That can happen from the sky, and requies no ground troop involvement.
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