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A new way of War.

Reader comment on item: Op Eds Now More Central in War than Bullets

Submitted by Gary Cochran (United States), Oct 21, 2006 at 10:27

History does not support the assumption that religious beliefs can change with public relations, so I don't agree with Dan's basic premise as applied to a nation such as Iran. Their public may not agree with their government, but those in power do not really fear public opinion. Fear and loss of power are the only factors that may apply. Even then, a religious belief such as the coming of the 12th Imam may overcome any fear of the west.

Public relations can apply to the people who are being asked to support a war, but that only goes as far as defining why the war should be fought and how the war is to be won.

I propose a new way of fighting a war.

Nation-to-nation

Why do we need "boots on the ground" for any length of time? The objective should be to eliminate the capability of a nation-state to cause us harm on any consequential basis. We destroy, we invade to finish the job, and we leave immediately. Let the destroyed nation rebuild any way they want, with the knowledge that we'll do it again if they return to a government that threatens our nation or its citizens.

Terrorists

Without money, terrorists can do nothing of great importance. Any nation or individual that supports terrorists with financial support is subject to the above.

Islam

Declare that any Islamic teacher who teaches violence as a way of life is an enemy of the U.S. and will be eliminated as a matter of policy, regardless of where he ('she' doesn't count in Islam) resides. Without destroying the teachers of violence, we will never win. I happen to believe this war is with fundamental Islam, not radical Islam as the MSM tries to explain. Until we realize we are in a religious war with an intolerant religion, we don't have a chance of fighting effectively.

-Gary

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