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Cannon fodder terrorists
by Travus T. Hipp
May 08, 2010 | 670 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The historic record is replete with examples of warlords willing to send their troops into sacrificial attacks without regard of the losses, so long as some minor tactical advantage can be bought with their lives. The beaches on Iwo Jima took as many American lives as the Vietnam war — in the first four hours. Trench warfare and the various “over the top” assaults of WWI cost thousands of killed and wounded without any measurable gains, but the generals didn’t care; conscripts were cheap. The willingness of Edward I “Longshanks” to sacrifice his Irish battalions in the battle against the Scots at Falkirk is easily matched by the Brits’ use of Gurkha troopers around the globe to enforce their empire or the massacre of the Australians at Galipoli. Sending out the untrained to harass the enemy at little cost is a battle-proven tactic, and still applies in our new war on terror.

The latest attempts to commit attacks on the United States at large have both been failures, largely because the perpetrators were bumbling boobs in the matter of explosives, despite supposed “training” in Pakistan and Yemeni camps run by Al Queda. Both Faisal the Time Square SUV bomber and his compatriot whose underwear failed to ignite satisfactorily were highly educated sons of prominent families, apparently disillusioned by their experience in the Western society, and suffering from serious mental instability when recruited to the cause. Each paid for their own tickets to and from their training camps and for their expenses in planning and executing their feeble assaults.

Unfortunately, the world is full of frustrated and delusional people whose lives have been destroyed by one or another turn of fate. Some have lost family or friends fighting the Americans in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere in our covert empire of unknown wars. Some, like Faisal, tried the American dream, only to lose the game in the wake of the ’09 financial collapse here in the U.S.

Desperate and depressed over losing his home and family in Connecticut, he fled to his home village in the border areas of Waziristan and Afghanistan. The Peshewar region is and has historically been the motherland of rebel forces against the Brits, the invading Russians and now the NATO forces over the border in the Pashtun regions of the Afghan mountains. Faisal fell in with his childhood chums and came away eager to serve his religion by waging jihad against the nation that had, the year before, granted him citizenship and career.

The leaders of the world terror conspiracies are doubtless plotting large-scale highly coordinated attack strategies. In the meantime they send as many of their “jihad groupies” as they can recruit in the U.S. with general orders to go forth and make trouble in the most public manner to harass and embarrass the “Great Satan” in his lair. In ’06 there were less than a dozen attempts within our borders. Last year there were 90, and the trend line is still climbing.

Our war may well be waged by hordes of amateur zealots,  attacking at random throughout the country. We are nowhere near ready for that fight.

“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.
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