Sitting in my Intermediate Staff Course some years ago, I argued that the USA didnt lose the Vietnam war. It simply lost the battle. I cited the fact that every ragged arsed Vietnamese businessman held out his begging bowl to the USA these days, asking for access to markets, capital and technology. The war was in fact won by businessmen with MBAs not soldiers with M16s. The same logic applies to the cold war. I never fired a shot at the Eastern Bloc, and I dont know anyone who did. But we won the war by economic might. So if you take these two examples to the current war against Radical Islam, we can see the fatal errors we are committing. Just like the Vietnam ground war we are fighting like with like. Whatever happened to attacking centres of gravity? If we want to win, and win we must, we need to follow some basic rules: 1. Just like the cold war and the Vietnam war, we need to disengage the enemy. Pull out of Afghanistan. Pull out of Iraq. Let them do what they want in their own shitholes. We dont need to waste money and lives fighting for the civil rights of the citizens of other nations. Without a unified enemy to fight they will lose cohesion and begin to 2. In the same manner, we need to isolate them. So long as well allow refugees from these countries there will be an exodus of what should be opposition and freedom fighters. Free passage of dissidents from behind the iron curtain would have flooded the West and removed any potential threat to the Eastern Bloc. If we give the dissatisfied citizens no other option they will HAVE to fight. And they will fight the war we are currently fighting. 3. The isolation must be total and complete. No aid, no medical assistance, no technology, no air flights, no shipping. Stripped of the assets of the west these evil empires will collapse just like communism did. 4. We need to step up the psycops and economic war and reduce the military war. So long as we fight bullet for bullet we will create martyrs and make ourselves look like tyrants. Its hard for Fundamentalists to argue we are evil when we live a wonderful lifestyle, and they see it beamed into their houses every night, whlsit they suffer shortages and shit lifestyles. 5. We MUST control the 5th columnists within our world. This is where the war really needs fighting. The mosques and the radical meeting houses of the West. We need to give the people who dont like the western lifestyle a simple McCarthyist choice: accept our lifestyle or leave. The fight is now for our very way of life. No doubt these admittedly radical ideas will infuriate some. But before you reply ask yourself this: how many more London and Glasgow bombs will it take, how many more dead soldiers will it take, before you realise that what we are currently doing simply wont work.