Tagged: Taliban

Too tasteless to watch – but we have to understand it

Sometimes truth-tellers are too tasteless to watch, but I really have a gross website to recommend to anyone wanting to see the disconnect between the theory and practice of sharia-compliant Islamic ideology. The site is called DonkeyJihad.com. That’s pretty much all you need to know – apart from the disclaimer that the site is full of tasteless images that are...

Let’s apply Iran’s sharia standards to its own mullahs

Life in Iran is difficult for most people, but it can hardly get worse for unlucky boys studying sharia law at the Hozeh Elmieh seminary in the holy city of Qom. A courageous person with a conscience at the seminary shot a 60-second video clandestinely from behind a wooden screen to document what appears to be a repeat crime. More...

Not getting it in time for Kandahar

It began as a brilliantly executed operation near the Taliban’s main stronghold: the Marine-led campaign to take Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, earlier this year. Now we’re finding that the operation is bogging down and that the Afghan people aren’t helping us as we had anticipated. Somewhere along the way, the Marines apparently diverged from the playbook. They engaged the population...

Empowering Afghan locals is the key to winning

If we learned anything from the war in Iraq, it’s that big-government solutions will fail when imposed on a tribal society with century-old local power structures that we have usurped. Afghanistan is very different from Iraq, but the turnaround in the latter country came only when the US military sought to restore power to traditional local leaders. Those leaders rapidly...

US retreat from PSYOP helps Taliban gain ‘psychological ground’

At a time when the US military has inexplicably moved away from psychological operations, the Taliban in Afghanistan has been gaining “psychological ground.” “There are periods when an enemy does well and seems better trained and fights harder,” a senior defense official tells Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post. “The number one indicator we have out there now is that...