"The Sri Lanka Option"
Counterinsurgency Plan DefenseTech Archive
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.