Wednesday, August 24, 2011
FAILURE OF THE MILITARY
The Western military have been involved in Libya.
Frank Ledwidge is a former military intelligence officer.
He has served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
He should know what's happening in Libya.
He has written a book called "Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan" (Yale University Press)
According to Rodric Braithwaite, former chairman of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee , at FT.com:
"Losing Small Wars, is a savage indictment of the military leadership that got British soldiers into one impossible situation after another...
"His conclusion is stark: 'The reputation of the British army has been seriously damaged'...
According to Ledwidge, "Afghans do not take kindly to foreign soldiers breaking into their homes at night, insulting their women, turning everything upside down and taking their men away to unknown destinations.
"When their families are killed by foreign bombs, they are not mollified...
"Soldiers may hand out sweets to village children and assure their parents that they come with the best intentions. But hearts and minds are not won...
"The French failed for similar reasons in Algeria.
"So did the Americans in Vietnam and the Russians in Afghanistan.
"So did earlier British counterinsurgency campaigns in Yemen and Palestine.
"Our politicians... told the public that British soldiers were fighting to smash the Taliban in Helmand (in Afghanistan) because most terrorist plots against Britain were hatched on the borders of Pakistan..."
Actually, the terrorist plots were hatched by the Western spooks.
The leaders of the USA and NATO would appear to be dangerous psycopaths.
Video on Psycopaths. Found at http://twelfthbough.blogspot.com/
On 24 August 2011, Xymphora wrote about Gadaffi and the lesson of Serbia:
"When NATO wants to remove a political regime from a relatively organized country, it carpet bombs heavily-populated civilian areas until the leader, out of concern for his own people, leaves.
"The paradox is that the leader is portrayed in NATO propaganda as a ruthless monster who doesn't care about the civilian population, and yet the NATO plan depends on the assumption that the carpet bombing and mass slaughter of civilians will force the leader out as he actually does care...
"What could Gadaffi do to save his people and yet continue the resistance against Sarko, Cameron and Obama?
"Pretend to give up, falling away to allow the NATO mercenaries to 'win' - thus providing an end to the need to carpet bomb civilians - and then continue the fight as long-term guerrilla warfare, eventually forcing the NATO countries into even more ruinous expense to keep the rebels in power.
"It is a brilliant strategic plan, but does Gadaffi have the money and troops to carry it out?"