Show Me Your Tears Today,

by Nathan Hamm on 12/14/2003

Show Me Your Tears
Today, it’s still time to gloat. So, to kind of borrow from Eric Cartman, news like this
make me want to say “Your tears are so yummy and sweet.”
While it’s fun to gloat, there’s also an important lesson to be had
here–being a boastful icon of resistance to America gets you dead or
cowering in a hole. I’m just going to say it, no matter how harsh it
sounds, I want our enemies
(let NO ONE be confused, I mean this literally, it includes those who
take up arms against us and their sympathizers) to feel humiliated,
demoralized, weak, and small. And not just a little bit, that little
bit that inspires them to act. I want them to feel broken; to know that
their cause is a dead end; to lay down their arms, go home, and stew in
their misguided anger until they are old men whose beliefs fill their
children and grandchildren with shame (kind of like with the pastier
fascists we fought sixty years ago).
So, Hamas, if you want to make America pay
for capturing Saddam, watch the video of Saddam’s capture a few more
times. We are quite serious about winning absolutely and
unconditionally. You can agitate and encourage your youth to fight us in Iraq,
but you, the leaders, will share Saddam’s fate, cowering, broken,
lice-infested, and betrayed by your own family. I rub this point in not
because it feels good. I would like nothing more than for every one of
our soldiers to be able to come home tomorrow, and if demoralizing our
opponents achieves that, fabulous. Saddam’s capture, and the
demoralization it inspires, has a far-reaching impact. In Afghanistan,
there’s renewed hope that Mullah Omar or Osama will be captured. At the very least, it’s expected that the wind will be taken out of the Taliban’s sails:

Talat Masood, a Pakistani military analyst who closely
follows Afghanistan, said news of Saddam’s capture would echo loudly
through al-Qaida and the Taliban’s mountain lairs.
“There is a psychological synergy between the resistance in Iraq and
Afghanistan, so if there is any setback in Iraq it will have a ripple
effect in Afghanistan,” he said. “Bin Laden and his group will be on
the defensive and demoralization may set in.”

I
don’t think that Saddam’s capture will have a direct effect on events
in Afghanistan, but it does make a difference. We’ll keep looking.


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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