How to defeat a caliphate

Private military contractors have a bad name, but a great record against the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria

Last Sunday Isis raised their black flag over Palmyra. Below the flag, in the days that followed, the usual carnage began: beheadings, torture, desecration. Syrian state TV has reported that over 400 civilians have been killed already, and the big question globally has become: how could this have happened? What went wrong with the Iraqi and Syrian troops? Isn’t there anything the West can do?

Lord Dannatt, the former head of the army, has called on the British government to ‘think the previously unthinkable’ and send troops. He’s right that air strikes are no substitute for decent ground troops — but he must also know there’s no appetite here or in America for risking our boys’ lives.

  • simus1

    To even call Air Strike Leader Emperor Barry’s energyless tokenism a half hearted parody of a PR holding action is to give far too much credit where none is due.

  • canminuteman

    The East India Company defeated a caliphate when the British cook over India and civilized the place in the 17th and 18th centuries. Get Amazon and Microsoft to do the same thing now. A bit of an over simplification, but not much.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Or we could call it Google Earth.

    • FactsWillOut

      The BEIC had the help of the Crown and her troops.

      • canminuteman

        Yes they did, but the East India Company had more troops (about 275,000) than the entire British Army.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …everyone seems to be feeding the muzzle’ems’ WW3, the Sunni’Shia Smackdown….just bomb the living szchiddt out of BOTH sides…

  • T.C.

    Seems to me that the UN rules on mercenaries came into being because leftist and mooselimb countries wanted it that way. They knew that a free market solution would trump slavery (conscription) and fanatical, inflexible, unthinking devotion to sociopathic pedophiles every time. The big give-away is that under this convention mercs can be executed on the spot. But we can’t do the same to these mooselimb savages or commie revolutionaries, most who are also being paid to perform their violence. We have to treat them as if they were “enemy combatants” instead of the war criminals that they are. Modern first world nations are closer to the mercenary model anyway. It wouldn’t be that much of a leap.

  • Hard Little Machine

    In Rhodesia the army had a kill ratio of something like 25:1 in the war against ZANU/ZAPF. But alas they were eventually just outnumbered and overrun. Rhodesia only had 300,000 whites. Funny thing is that the police and army were integrated. Whites and blacks served together.

  • mobuyus

    Float First World Mercenary armies on the stock exchange, and watch islam melt away.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That’s an IPO I’d throw a few bucks into.
      High reward.
      High reward.

  • Ottawa Eyes

    Obummer is always talking about further unilateral reductions of the US nuclear arsenal. Where here is a place to do it!

  • tom_billesley

    The British Army is ready with lawyers, accountants and marketing & public relations experts. Troops, not so much.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      And human resources peoples.

      • FactsWillOut

        I’m on a conversion kick.
        I want to convert them to…fertilizer.
        It’s Green and oh so sustainable!