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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Oh, if you want to go back in history, you have to go back to post-WWI where the west simply drew a bunch of line son a map and declared this to be the Middle East. Then they took a bunch of ignorant Bedouin in Saudi Arabia, said they needed someone to negotiate with and declared them the ruling family. Yes, there have been tons of problem, lots of mistakes, but you can't go back and fix them, you have to live in the now. How do we solve these problems now. Be sure to let us all know your solutions without whining about how awful the past was, won't you?
    I understand your point. Problem is, there's no movers and shakers within the Islamic world today who remember those days just following WWI. On the other hand, there's MANY movers and shakers (among both Sunnis and Shi'a) who personally remember what we did in the 1950's.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Contrarian View Post
    Um...which religion has killed the most people in the name of their god? Here's a hint: it's not Islam.
    All religions suck and given half a chance, turn to violence. That doesn't mean that the religion that is most dangerous *TODAY* isn't Islam.
    There is nothing demonstrably true that religion can provide the world that cannot be achieved more rationally through entirely secular means.

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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    So?.....
    So you don't approach every situation and every enemy the same way. Putting US troops on the ground against a nation state is completely different than a non-governmental organization that doesn't recognize borders. In fact, it's not even the infrastructure itself of one organization, it's an idea that has been used to recruit to organizations with different infrastructures at different times.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    So you don't approach every situation and every enemy the same way. Putting US troops on the ground against a nation state is completely different than a non-governmental organization that doesn't recognize borders. In fact, it's not even the infrastructure itself of one organization, it's an idea that has been used to recruit to organizations with different infrastructures at different times.
    The fundamentals of combat are the same, no matter who the enemy is. The objective is and will always be to destroy the enemy's will to wage war. The only way to do that is to, "cause more damage than the enemy, in the least amount of time".

    The whole, " hearts and minds", thing is nothing more than a political catch phrase that has no value, tactically.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    No, I don't think that the West should place troops on the ground to take out terrorists. Whether you send troops in or not there will always be terrorist groups, and why waste resources facing terrorists when you could be saving them for a much larger conflict.

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