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"The Sri Lanka Option"
Counterinsurgency Plan

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This one pretty much covers proper counterinsurgency (COIN) operational tactics. The Sri Lanka Armed Forces used "scorched-earth" tactics on the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or the Tamil Tigers which have been proscribed as a terrorist organization by 32-countries.

The "scorched-earth" tactics are brilliant. Just beautiful. A real way to fight the War on Terrorism in Afghanistan with NATO forces. V.K. Shashikumar, concluded simply that "in the final analysis the Rajapaksa model is based on a military precept…Terrorism has to be wiped out militarily and cannot be tackled politically".

Perfection from someone with their head on straight.

1.) Full operational freedom for the military. Turns the fight into a no holds-bar fight. This is straight-up, no rules, fist-to-fist combat. And there's saying from a British Channel 4 News is that orders for point-blank executions on Tamil fighters were issued. Just how it should be. No Geneva Conventions to stop the good guy from pulling the trigger on the bad guy when he's in the cross-hairs. That's exactly what happens when you give the bad guy slack, they turn around and hang you with it.

2.) No negotiations with terrorists. Terrorists will take no heed to white flags. Why should we? These terrorists are all for be-headings and shootings. If we follow the Geneva Conventions we loose, the whole war and lots of soldiers. They don't follow those Conventions. Match the enemy stride for stride and crush them. And, here's a funny little tidbit, the international standard is already "no negotiations with terrorists" and yet, we continue to think negotiations works.

3.) No ceasefires. Ceasefires let the enemy regroup and setup for a counterattack. When you attack you do not knock the enemy on his ass and put your foot down on his throat and then take it off a moment later. You tighten down on the motherfucker and kill him dead.

4.) Ignoring the "difference" between combatants and "non-"combatants. There's no such thing as a "non-combatant", time to face facts. Happens all the time during Afghanistan and Iraq. All it takes is a little money to make a "non-"combatant strap on a bomb-vest, pick up an AK or hand a corpsman a grenade. Then your buddies have to use a shovel to scrape what's left of you off the street and into a bucket for graves registration. In these Third-World countries all it takes is money to make that old-man pick up the weapon that is used to kill you. Again, because of the Geneva Conventions the enemy is counting on our ways to follow the rules without question and not shoot "non-"combatants.

Another instance of where this would've helped majorly is the American war in Vietnam when there were child bombers and women snipers (see Marine scout-sniper Carlos Hathcock and the incident of him killing a skilled female NVA sniper at Hill 55).

5.) Finally, the blatant "fuck-you"---dismissal of international and media concerns on the situation. Tell the world that terrorism won't be tolerated, go through with those words to show the terrorists there will be no bullshit tolerated and you'll get stuff done. Testament to this being the fact that this is the opposite of the strategy America is pursuing in Afghanistan. Behind the scenes to the SL-Option, hawkish generals and politicians from Colombia to Israel seem to be using Sri Lanka's experience to justify harsher anti-terror operations. It is winning a widespread hearing across the world.

This means that this new COIN approach is working, and nobody can deny it. As harsh as some might see it, you can't sit here and deny the fact that the tactics worked, thus ending a 30-year war between the Sri Lankan Armed Forces and the LTTE.

This are the tactics that need to be held in regards to Anti-Terror Warfare. They're full-proof, no-bullshit, and cut straight to the point of saving those who deserve saving, and killing those who threaten the lives of those people.
This is in regards to counterinsurgency warfare and the ways of the new COIN techniques.
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Darkmm Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
Beautiful considered dissertation.

I shall have to recommend that you add Tom Kratman to your reading list - Start with "A Desert Called Peace". I think Kratman is already on the US Army's counter insurgency school's reading list.

However I will have to bring up one aspect you appear to have neglected.

Sri Lanka's methodology worked because the Tamil Tigers had followed the standard Maoist template of insurgency and had created a physical and political refuge/sanctuary in the north east of the island. As such had readily identifiable target area where Sri Lankan forces could force the Tigers to be brought to battle resulting in their field forces, stock piles and political base being destroyed, I think you'll also see a similarity in the Malaysian Emergency of the 1950s - however that was solved with a little forced repatriation as the insurgents could be identified as belonging to one ethnic group.

In an insurgency with wide popular support within the population and active forces based on a cellular structure rather then more conventionally organised field forces (e.g. Ireland 1919 - 1922) the same tactics wouldn't work.
KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I will definitely check out that work, maybe get me into the mood to write another one of these later.

But, it's not that the same tactics wouldn't work. It would be moreover that it would take longer to accomplish. And, we can't really compare a modern time, as this is the first time recently that it's been seen. I can see why it wouldn't work too well in Afghanistan (considering size and hide ability), but if you took the time it might. Israel will probably be the first to exercise this soon, if they have to, being in the position they've always been in and all.
Darkmm Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Actually I find the Moro rebellion of the turn of the 20th Century to have enough similarities to provide a useful template.

However the use of bases in the NW Pakistani fronter and foreign fighters also brings in elements of the tactics of insurgency and revolution espoused by the great helmsman :)
KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yea, but remember that the tactics of warfare are quite a bit different from the turn of the 20th Century. You can use the same movement in tactics, but it doesn't detract from the fact we have UAVs, precision-guided munitions and so on. lol The base of history back that far would work, but not the whole story on the pie. lol

I like history though, I'll bookmark something on the Moro rebellion. :D
Aora-the-Beast Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Why do u keep talkin about death so much buddy? srsly :wtf:
KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It's what I'm studying. What I understand. If I can't understand it then I'll go nowhere in my career in the Corps. But, this really isn't about death.

This particular piece is about how to fight counterinsurgency wars and battles the correct way so that you sustain minimal casualties, which just leads to less death letters you have to copy and send to the grieving widows and family of the dead soldiers or Marines under your command.
Aora-the-Beast Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i guess thats true :/

hey just a random question (u dont hav 2 answer if u dont want to) howcome u wanna b in the Corps so bad?
KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Tired of civilian life. September 11th was the starting cause to my wanting to join. I just decided when I was 11 (2 years after) that I wanted to join the Marine Corps. Other than that this life will hold no action for me unless I get into the Suck. I can be around weapons and punish those to inflict harm on innocent people for no more than the pleasure of it. Call me an adrenaline junkie, suicidal, or whatever. The former of which I might be to a small extent. The latter, no. I want to be apart of a brotherhood that stands out.

The Marine Corps gives me the ability to hold one of the most distinguished titles. That is Marine. That is Teufelshunde. Devil Dog. Jarhead. Gyrene. People use those names to make fun of people who wear the Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem, and the Marines just laugh and hoot with approval at the titles.

I hate most of the civvies anyway, they usually don't support the military who would give their lives and spill their blood for those ungrateful people. Nothing to do around here. Want to present myself with a serious challenge and that challenge is the Marine Corps.

Simply. I go for the warfare, for the title, and to punish the corrupt. Whether it be bin Laden and his boys for 9/11 or some little terrorist gang that slaughtered a whole village of people for the hell of it. I don't do it for the killing, I don't do it for fun.
Aora-the-Beast Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lol dont worry, im a bit of an adrenaline junkie as well :la:

sounds like the Marines r ur heroes :)
i guess i know the feeling of that, only a couple of weeks ago, before i moved back into foster care i was part of the Rural Fire Service, and i looked up to all the older guys as my heroes, they were way cooler hen any rockstar or anythin, i wanted to be just like them, like u wanna b just like the Marine boys :D

i hope ya get there one day buddy, ill b prayin 4 ya :D
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