Is Carpet Bombing from B-52s an act of terrorism?

That’s a rhetorical question. So is dropping nuclear weapons on a sovereign country.

The military and most of the country learned from the Vietnam war that you can’t “carpet bomb” a country into submission. Indiscriminate bombing using gravity bombs has long been removed from the US Military playbook. You can’t tell a VietCong from a supporter from 30,000 feet. You may not even be able to tell if you investigate them. You may even find out your “moderate supporters” are actually working for the other side.

Asymmetrical warfare is all about the tactic of Ju-Jutso. Faced with a an enemy with overwhelming military superiority, you defeat the enemy by using that power against them (us). Create fear. Make videos. Count on Fox News news to amplify your attack. Have 19 guys with box cutters create a $trillion in economic damage. Have two or three people with readily available firearms shooting in San Bernardino has people scrambling to “just do something!” like government monitoring of all conversations, turning neighbors into government spies. Inside the Soviet Union, people were terrified to say what the believed because if there were three people present, there was a good chance one would report the conversation.

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1 Response to Is Carpet Bombing from B-52s an act of terrorism?

  1. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    In the 1960s and 1970s, the world was less connected than today. We are able to make mistakes in Vietnam and then come home and forget about it.

    In 2015, declaring war on Muslims (estimated at 1.6 billion people) whether a real or perceived war, will not have such a happy outcome. Declaring war on Stalin after World War II would not have had such a happy outcome either.

    What you say about carpet bombing had been proven true in Vietnam. The same is proving true of sipping Starbucks in an air conditioned office outside Las Vegas as you decide what people to kill from 1000 feet using a remote controlled drone in the Middle East.

    The propaganda war of calling the guy in Las Vegas brave and using the word coward for the true believers that sacrifice their lives for their cause just doesn’t ring true in the war for the hearts and minds of the people outside the US.

    I think we are in a worse position with less safety today than we were in October 2001. In 2001, there were no al-Qaeda or ISIS in Iraq or Syria.

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