In the movie Lone Survivor, based on a true story, a team of Navy Seals run into some civilians while doing surveillance on the Taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan. The civilians are presumed to be Taliban sympathizers and will give away the presence of the Seal team the first chance they get. The Navy Seals have three choices in the movie. Tie up the civilians, kill the civilians or just let them go and take advantage of the one hour or so head start the Seal team has to the extradition point. In the book that the movie is based on the narrator states that they had no ropes and even tying up the civilians was not an option. What about a technological solution to the above dilemma?
Plastic handcuffs? Well that would slow down the civilians but eventually they could use the surrounding rock to cut the handcuffs. There would be a need for legcuffs that fit around feet because a person wearing handcuffs around the hands only can still walk towards the enemy. The chain of the leg cuff could go around a tree or pole so the subject cannot walk away. I cannot imagine such kit would weigh very much and as America troops do more and more police action around the world then basic police kit makes sense. Is there another low tech solution to this problem?
How about a simple hypodermic needle that contains a sedative that knocks out the civilian for hours and hours? Should the hypodermic needle be made of metal or plastic? I think metal is more durable and better suited for field conditions but a plastic hypodermic needle in the correct container might also work. The choice of the sedative should be the subject of research. The sedative should optimally be something off the shelf, long lasting, reliable and safe. Three syringes means three civilians are out of the picture and again this sort of kit would weigh just a few ounces. The cuffs and sedative can be used in conjunction to keep a civilian out of action for hours and hours!
However, the problem is ultimately legal not technological. The Lone Survivor Dilemma shows that the current rules of engagement simply do not work for the new war against terrorism in which the line between civilians and soldiers is deliberately blurred in order to give the terrorists a tactical advantage. The brave men and women of our armed forces do not just deserve better technology but better laws for this new type of warfare. There is also a need to educate the citizenry of the US so they can affect this change from the bottom up.
I taught secondary school for five years and I would make the book Lone Survivor part of any English and/or history class I was teaching at the high school level. The next generation needs to have a clear understanding of the new threat the United States is facing and this book provides valuable insight about this new type of threat! Any concerned citizen can contact their local school district and ask that Lone Survivor be added to the recommended reading list of that district.
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The following are predictions not prescriptions! There is a big difference!
Afghanistan– Karzai kicks out the US and NATO!
China – Faces new and strategic challenges to state security by Radical Islam within the next five years.
Egypt – The Muslim Brotherhood takes over and US foreign policy is defeated.
EU – Countries with Islamic majorities in the future literally go Islamic within the next ten to twenty years. NATO is destroyed by this movement as is the EU. Within twenty years the line between East and West no longer exists.
Hamas – Big Winner
Indonesia – Radicalization
Israel – The Israeli state is alone in the Middle East. Egypt is no longer their ally. The US exits the Middle East.
Malaysia – Radicalization
Russia – Islamic extremists now have a big place too plan attacks against Russia with the addition of Radical Islamic states in the Middle East. Deeper and more strategic operations against Russia by Radical Islamists cause their ultimate victory in Chechnya. Russia has no choice but to allow Chechnya to seccede.
Saudi Arabia – Barely Survives and acts as a focal point for Sunni forces in the war against Shiite forces.
Tunisia – Radical Islamists take over.
US – The Pax Americana is finally destroyed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax_Americana). The US struggles to handle domestic economic problems and withdraws from the world stage to never return. The EU and China separately or together cannot create a new world order and the world slips into deadly chaos. Ecological collapse that might have been solved with a world order of any sort is allowed to happen.
Yemen – Radical Islamists take over.
The World – Sea traffic through the Suez Canal allows sea traffic between Europe and Asia without having to go around the Cape Horn of Africa. Any disruption of the Suez Canal would act as a global expense that would decimate the very fragile current economic recovery.
Radical Islam will overwhelm all anti-terrorist safeguards and be the big winner in the year of the Golden Rabbit!
The US is currently in a total lose/lose situation. Americans really do believe in the exportation of democracy to other countries even if I think it’s largely a waste of time since true democracy comes from within a country and this export attempt interferes with core economic and security interests. Democracy in Egypt and the Middle East in general, means the election of anti-American
regimes. At best they will be secular Anti-American regimes that we can reach a pragmatic accommodation with. At worst, and more commonly, they will be radical Islamic anti-American regimes that cannot be reasoned with pragmatically. I do think the current Pax Americana in the Middle East did allow for peace between Sunnis and Shiites and this will no longer be the case when the US loses influence in the US. Like many such artificial situations, pressures have built that would not have built if small conflicts had been allowed over time. Saudi Arabia and Iran are either nuclear or going to be nuclear and I do think the first tactical nuclear war of world history will be in the Middle East between Shiites and Sunnis. Only religious fanatics would go down this road. Even a Stalin or Hitler knew better.
The best solution for the US is to move towards energy self sufficiency and allow the Sunnis and Shiites destroy each other while we watch from a distance. Radioactive oil isn’t very useful.
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