Destroying a people/insurgency - Im not recommending this!

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  1. Just an observation - I am not a sick puppy!

    British commanders in Afghanistan have said that killing insurgents is regrettable, not least because you make enemies of all their brothers and cousins. Rarely does the slaughter exceed the replacement rate - even the Soviets in Afghanistan and Americans in Vietnam seemed to face an endless supply of opponents.

    Now, if you want to control a deer population shooting stags is a waste of time. One stag can impregnate an endless number of hinds, so you don't affect the replacement rate or the population - although you might affect the genes of the herd. To control the population you shoot the hinds.

    So if you want to destroy a people you have to kill the pre-pubescent females.

    Not a heart of darkness that I'd recommend entering. We'll need to find a way to get along.
     
  2. Gobby idiot indeed.
     
  3. Or we could just nuke the lot if we're on about population culling.
     
  4. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    It actually sounds less oppressive than picking out and whacking a bunch of pre-pubescent girls.
     
  5. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    There is a bit of a precedent for this, but it does remain a criminal offence. Spoilsports one and all.
     
  6. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    Do as the pretty much all of the ancient invaders. Kill the men and boys (far less hassle eliminating those that might want revenge in the future) and impregnate the females. The last such example wasn't that long ago. It was tried in the early 90s in Bosnia and was one of the drivers for international intervention.
     
  7. Pisses me off, our lads being taken out regularly in some poxy far away shithole country, surely we have a nice cache of nukes sitting in a wardrobe somewhere costing a fcuking fortune to maintain..
    Quite simple, "Flash" instant sunshine, turn the place into a big glass car park, then open a B&Q offering free sand - But, must bring own transport and shovel. :wink:
     
  8. Much faster and more efficient! :twisted:
     
  9. Difficult to exploit Afghanistan's considerable mineral wealth after doing that though

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3941656.ece
    I suppose we could always experiment with instant sunshine smelting techniques?
     
  10. Are you trying to destroy the people or the insurgency? History's full of examples where wiping out a troublesome people just incites others to get their retaliation in first. Far better to convince the quarrelsome lot that they can live a better life by choosing a peaceful route. Usually simpler in the long run, too.
     
  11. Afghanistan has $88bn worth of copper. The UK (supposedly) has a $2,000bn economy - roughly 23 times as much each year. You look around and you've got to wonder how they arrive at these figures...$2trillion, it's a load of Big Macs, double glazing and telephone selling.
     
  12. Lets just cut to the chase and nuke Pakistan/ Waziristan as this is the Taleban homeland and where they get most of their reinforcements from. On the plus side India might give us somesort of thankyou.
     
  13. Thats $88 billion's worth of copper in one specific location.
    Thats established from research and exploratory work done by the Soviets, if there is that then its a fairly certain bet that there is an awful lot more mineral wealth (both copper and other metals) there too.
     

  14. Are you gay? Pump the lot of them :twisted:
     
  15. Now now chaps! All this talk of Nukes is simply barbaric not to mention the residual radiation risk when we exploit the mineral reserves.

    The Afghan population has no natural immunity to smallpox, we simply give out some infected blankets as part of our humanitarian remit and let nature take its course. We then blame an awry Taliban/AQ bio terror experiment, after all this would be a wasted opportunity:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article4418867.ece



    I really should go into politics!