September 2, 2009, - 12:41 pm
Whenever you hear our government and military officials spouting off about “winning the hearts and minds” of the Muslim world, think of Daoud Sediqi. He’s the cover guy for how it’s “working.” More about him later.
Daoud Sediqi: Yet Another Example of How Winning “Hearts & Minds” is a Losing Strategy
Remember, we don’t win Islamic “hearts and minds” by being nice, giving them Levis and “American Idol,” and allowing them to elect their chosen barbarians in free elections. You win hearts and minds by dropping bombs and, yes, killing people. In that part of the world, it’s the only thing they understand. And the only thing they respect. Period. They laugh at our “hearts and minds” crap.
Aside from that, it’s kind of hard to win “hearts and minds,” when there is no heart–only cold and calculating emptiness aimed at defeating the west; and the mind is possessed by an intolerant death cult philosophy. Just ask the deprogrammers who spend weeks deprogramming kids from cults. And we don’t have deprogrammers running our “hearts and minds” programs in the Islamic world.
As longtime readers know, I’ve frequently written about how we have not only wasted our time in Iraq, we’ve essentially changed the balance of power so that Iran now has a giant Shi’ite crescent, without Sunni Saddam Hussein blocking the Iranians. Iranian-backed Shi’ites have already announced they no longer support infinitesimally pro-U.S. Nouri Al-Maliki as Iraq chief, and they’ll pick a new guy more to their World Shi’ite Domination goals.
Our invasion of Iraq–ostensibly for the purpose of giving them this nebulous “democracy”–merely gave barbarians the chance to elect their own barbarians. It’s not long before Iraq is part of greater Iran. Right now, it’s already an Iranian satellite state. If we weren’t prepared to install a ruthless, pro-American, Shah-like, Sunni dictator in Iraq–and we weren’t thanks to George W. “Democracy for Muslims” Bush, then we never should have invaded.
The same thing is going on in Afghanistan. We invaded allegedly to destroy the Taliban, at which we’ve now failed miserably for several years. Oh, and there’s that “free elections” thing. You know, that awesome “democracy” for barbarians.
It’s more of the “hearts and minds” crap we’ve been hearing not just from Obama administration lowlights, but from President Bush and his entire administration for several years. The latest utterance of this baloney comes from General Stanley McChrystal, who continues to focus on winning Afghan “hearts.” Good luck with that.
Now, George Will is making big news by saying that we should just get out of Afghanistan. And, yes, he’s right. The only bad thing about it is that it will give Bin Laden and the Muslim world yet another reason to smile and laugh at us. Yet another pull out after we lost. Like in Vietnam (where we were winning but the lefties in the press and Congress made us “lose” and leave). Like in Beirut, where we did nothing about more than 300 Marines and U.S. officials murdered, hamstrung the Israelis, and allowed Hezbollah to take over. Like in Somalia (“Black Hawk Down”). And now, like in Iraq, where Iran’s Shi’ites rule the roost.
The reason we continue to lose in Afghanistan is that we aren’t tough. We don’t just drop bombs indiscriminately and kill lots of people, which is what you need to do if you have any hope of winning a war and defeating the enemy.
And that’s where the “hearts and minds” crap comes in, along with one of America’s newest asylees, Daoud Sediqi, the host of Afghanistan’s “American Idol,” “Afghan Star.”
Yes, during World War II, we had our own pro-Allies propaganda . . . which was nothing compared to what the Nazis put out (I have several great books on this stuff, which I’ll write about at a later date). But we never focused on winning the Nazi “hearts and minds.” Or the European “hearts and minds.” We dropped bombs and killed people. And, gee, it worked.
Remember, it wasn’t “Weinerschnitzel Idol” hosted by Wolfgang Von Seacrest that caused the Allies to beat the Nazis in World War II.
Now, instead, we focus on people like Daoud Sediqi, the one-time TV repair man whom America urged and encouraged to host “Afghan Star.”
Well, as the execrable Dr. Phil would ask: And how’s that workin’ for ya?
And here’s how it’s “working,” as evidenced by Sediqi’s story (and those of many others).
The September 7th issue of People describes Sediqi’s new life . . . as an Afghan refugee in Virginia looking for a job–yet another mouth to feed, person to employ in a bad economy for American natives who didn’t host a game show in Afghanistan.
He is the very epitome of the negligible gains of the “hearts and minds” stuff. Just hosting the show led to death threats.
In three years, I never went out without a security guard.
Then, a documentary (which will runon HBO in 2010) about “Afghan Star” and how Sediqi used the show to try to liberalize Afghani strict Muslim attitudes, including introducing dancing by female contestants.
Sediqi told People:
American soldiers fight with guns. I did the same with music.
Yes, if only we did actually “fight” with guns. Because the musical approach doesn’t seem to have worked.
And neither has the rest of our “make nice-nice”, “democratic elections” strategy over there. “Hearts and minds” crap doesn’t work. Only bullets, bombs, and brutal force do.
Yet, we continue to insist on “free elections” and “Afghan Star”-style stuff.
And we’re losing.
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