Eventually his fist will be too sore to continue
Posted by aogWednesday, 16 May 2007 at 10:43 TrackBack Ping URL

I see articles like this about the intellectual wasteland that is modern Islam and wonder, why aren’t we engaging in psy-ops to take advantage of this? It seems to be a win in all aspects.

  • If directly successful, then it would create chaos that would make organizing against the West far more difficult for far less cost than we’re spending in Iraq.
  • If the ummah wises up and renders this kind of psy-op ineffective, that’s an even bigger win for everyone.

Yet we, the Anglosphere, seem to have lost the ability to exploit our enemy’s psychological weakness, while the Caliphascists are doing an excellent job in the opposite direction1. Instead we seem to have adopted the Russian strategy — letting the enemy advance over the nearly endless steppes of our culture in the hope that they will exhaust themselves. It seems to me a bit of counter-attacking might be tad more efficient.

1 Although one has to admit, the Caliphascists would not be doing nearly as well if they didn’t have the massive public relations advice / cooperation from the MAL. One need merely read through subsequent Osama bin Laden missives to see him take such help to heart. I suspect that the Anglosphere (or its political / intellectual leadership) can’t return the favor because the very concept of moral or psychological attack against foreign enemies is not longer part of their mental horizons.

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cjm Wednesday, 16 May 2007 at 15:27

i would go even further than psy-ops (although psy-ops would be a good start). any country that was actively participating in terrorism should have its population subjected to the same. distribute cell phones that can be made to explode, etc. go after families of the leadership and military. destroy food stores and poison farm land. if you aren’t willing to escalate whatever your opponent is doing, you won’t win. anything less than total war is suicide.

Ali Choudhury Wednesday, 16 May 2007 at 15:43

Not surprised to see this written by a Pakistani. We’re very practiced at self-criticism.

cjm Wednesday, 16 May 2007 at 18:54

AC: how do you see things playing out in Pakistan, over the next 5 years or so ?

Andrea Harris Wednesday, 16 May 2007 at 20:01

But psy-ops isn’t nice. Don’t you know that being nice is the most important thing in the world, even more important than defending your own civilization or even staying alive? If we can make just one terrorist look down at our fresh corpses and say “you know, those were really nice people that we just killed,” then we’ll have really won. Or well — not won, winning isn’t nice, but… you know what I mean!

Ali Choudhury Thursday, 17 May 2007 at 04:49

Nobody really wants Musharraf gone despite the recent furore over his removal of the Chief Justice. They’re basically happy with his program and the last thing they want is a return to the political instability of the 90s. US policy towards the region isn’t likely to change much. There will be some moves to give Benazir Bhutto the government limelight she craves although the army will ensure she doesn’t get any real power.

What kind of psy-ops are we talking about here?

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 17 May 2007 at 06:07

Deliberate and repeated injection of pernicious rumours, designed to induce FUD.

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 17 May 2007 at 06:09


Psy-ops are a lot cheaper, more deniable, and more importantly strike directly at the real problem, outlined in the original article. The purpose is to attack from within and either paralyze the society using its own structural flaws or force it to discard that dysfunction. Your plan maintains the “under seige” mentality where as well done psy-ops could lead to more people wondering the same things the original author does.

cjm Thursday, 17 May 2007 at 08:57

i had thought , once or twice, about the effect of flooding islamic countries with bogus korans :)

Jeff Guinn Friday, 18 May 2007 at 05:10


… why aren’t we engaging in psy-ops to take advantage of this?

How do you know they aren’t psyops?

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 18 May 2007 at 07:57

Because they’re not more than the background noise that has gone one for much longer than the current active conflict.

Robert Duquette Tuesday, 29 May 2007 at 16:19

AOG, do you really want to destabilize countries that are on the brink of failing already? Al Qaeda and the Taliban thrive on failed states.

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 29 May 2007 at 16:58

Yes. It’s basically the same rationale for the invasion of Iraq, isn’t it?

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