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

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
    Read it again. I stated troops in a non combat role- they have air support.
    Now do you want a discussion or a pissing match?
    How does one fight terrorists using the military in a non-combat role? Explain that and we shall go from there.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawdust View Post
    Those who think like you are part of the problem. World War 2 ended because our enemy understood how terrible war is. Now they have become our ally. When we bombed Dresden there were lots of civilian casualties. Certainly now that we have smart bombs our targeting ability has improved but consider this.

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    War is an ugly business but if we fight it, we should fight to win and not let foolish rules that put our troops at risk limit our ability to fight. Honestly, as far as I'm concerned, during Vietnam they used to say, kill them all and let God sort it out. Frankly, I'm good with that.
    We are at war with terrorist orginizations, not countries.

    i would only support total war in terms of fighting countries. if the terrorists have a government, run a country, have identifiable borders and cities, then i would support a war that uses tactics like area bombing againist the civilian population, they are fair game since they pledge allegiance to the country we are at war with.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    We don't have the balls to do what has to be done. We need to take the biggest concentration of terrorists, wherever ISIL is headquartered, etc. and go in, drop the biggest sub-nuclear bombs we have, napalm the whole place, just kill everyone there without regard for civilian casualties and show them we're not messing around. No announcements, no warnings, no allowing them to truck in innocents to hide behind, we just show up with no warning and blow the crap out of them. Screw the Geneva Convention, it already specifically allows the massacre of such combatants.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    How does one fight terrorists using the military in a non-combat role? Explain that and we shall go from there.
    As you mentioned Canada has troops on the ground. The story up here is JTF2 is on the front lines with the Kurds.
    Training- the Iraqi Military is riven with corruption and sectarianism.
    It is their fight to win.
    Then you have the Shia Militias, they will conduct their own revenge attacks on Sunni's as they have been doing since Maliki took power. Now he is out. How will the new guy do - up in the air on that, but I do not see a radical change.
    The present Govt has to address that.
    Lastly- my opinion- The US should not have deployed into Iraq proper in the 2nd Gulf War. They should have taken the oil fields, then sat back.
    Negotiated permanent leases for bases within the newly created State of Kurdistan.

    Let the country split along sectarian lines.
    Iraq like many countries created after WW1 are artificial constructs imposed by western powers.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    We don't have the balls to do what has to be done. We need to take the biggest concentration of terrorists, wherever ISIL is headquartered, etc. and go in, drop the biggest sub-nuclear bombs we have, napalm the whole place, just kill everyone there without regard for civilian casualties and show them we're not messing around. No announcements, no warnings, no allowing them to truck in innocents to hide behind, we just show up with no warning and blow the crap out of them. Screw the Geneva Convention, it already specifically allows the massacre of such combatants.
    That would be Genocide.
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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
    Where did more innocent people die - in Paris, Columbine, or Sandy Hook? By that metric, it would make more sense to put ground troops in our schools!

    Of course that is silly. But so is putting troops on the ground to defeat a word.
    ...9-11?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
    Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Yes- why

    No – Why

    If yes- what countries would they be deployed to?

    With the recent attacks in Paris I see a number of people that want to go in and take them out.
    You opinion on what the West should do.
    Large scale deployments of troops will not work.
    Look to Iraq and Afghanistan and lessons learned.
    That is exactly what ISIS and similar wants. Nothing drives recruitment more than Christian soldiers invading Muslim lands.. they can use the whole crusade thing again and again. Why do you think that they have been actively promoting beheading´s of certain western nationalities? They have also been beheading fellow Muslims en mass, but not much around on that is there now.. They want to pull the west in to the conflict in the area and force tribes and religious groupings to finally take sides and finally make it a full blow Islamic civil war.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
    As you mentioned Canada has troops on the ground. The story up here is JTF2 is on the front lines with the Kurds.
    Training- the Iraqi Military is riven with corruption and sectarianism.
    It is their fight to win.
    Then you have the Shia Militias, they will conduct their own revenge attacks on Sunni's as they have been doing since Maliki took power. Now he is out. How will the new guy do - up in the air on that, but I do not see a radical change.
    The present Govt has to address that.
    Lastly- my opinion- The US should not have deployed into Iraq proper in the 2nd Gulf War. They should have taken the oil fields, then sat back.
    Negotiated permanent leases for bases within the newly created State of Kurdistan.

    Let the country split along sectarian lines.
    Iraq like many countries created after WW1 are artificial constructs imposed by western powers.
    I can almost agree with that plan. The problem with a "war" that has no defined enemy territory is that it cannot be won (placed under our military control) in any conventionally defined way. Battles, on the other hand, can be won since they end as soon as the shooting stops but that "victory" accomplishes little if the enemy is to regain control of that area as soon as our troops leave the area.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    That would be Genocide.
    I'm fine with that. They earned it. In fact, I'm convinced that the only way to stop these people is to make their own personal losses so utterly horrific that they can't go on. Don't kill the terrorists, kill their families. Kill their children. Destroy their tribes. Make the losses high. They don't care about their own lives, let's see how they feel about their wives and kids, their parents and extended families.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    That is exactly what ISIS and similar wants. Nothing drives recruitment more than Christian soldiers invading Muslim lands.. they can use the whole crusade thing again and again. Why do you think that they have been actively promoting beheading´s of certain western nationalities? They have also been beheading fellow Muslims en mass, but not much around on that is there now.. They want to pull the west in to the conflict in the area and force tribes and religious groupings to finally take sides and finally make it a full blow Islamic civil war.
    Western countries can provide training. Can provide air support- then cannot instil various western values.
    Western countries gong into Iraq was the worst possible move. It placed Iraq into the Iranian fold.
    And the fables that Bush-Cheney sold have caused irreparable harm to the credibility of the US when in the future, and they will arise real event dictate a military response.
    Many will look back to the Iraq war.
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