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Targetted Annihilation or How Does One Stop the Chanting: Zulu, Zulu, Zulu...

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Submitted by Jack Ryan, III (United States), Jun 15, 2007 at 06:58

Any plan to strike Iran must weigh in the balance all the counter measures likely to be employed by the Islamic state against those aggressor states attacking it. At the very least, these will be myriad and varied, virtually ensuring an escalation of hostilities until all-out war consumes all parties to the conflict.

Rather than wait for Iran to launch its counter strike as it prepares for the inevitable escalation to come, a surprise decapitation strike should be attempted, followed in close tandem by massive strikes against command and control and military and economic infrastructure that would so disable the Iranian state that a regime change would be feasible, indeed, likely, since so little of the political and military leadership would be left. In this scenario, an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would be a secondary consideration of Western war planners, with all important strikes coming toward the end, not at the onset of hostilities.

Some major sites, like Busheir, need never be attacked at all (keep in mind, there will be several war theaters in this coming conflict). Central to this strategy of targetted annihilation is the idea that all necessary force is to be directed where it is needed to achieve total victory with no consideration given to the safety or well-being of noncombatants.

It is the sheerest naivete to assume that civilians are somehow innocent, especially since Muslim militancy has spread throughout those regions and nations likely to be attacked and which are openly hostile to the interests of the United States and its allies. In short, Western forces should target, attack, cleanse (or if you prefer, purge) all those areas in which enemy forces have been deployed. Note, I am not arguing for strikes limited to enemy forces as such. The coming Middle East war requires a geographical solution, not a human one. Forget about winning the hearts and minds of the enemy. Kill the hearts, kill the minds, win the Middle East. Targetted annihilation is not outcome annihilation, but it is the way to victory.

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