by Scott Mann

The attack by Pakistani Militants against innocent children and teachers in Peshawar, Pakistan should give every American leader and citizen immediate pause for several reasons:

First, this heinous attack shows us what extremist Islamic Tribal Societies are capable of. This attack occurred well beyond the borders of the Federal lands.  The ability of the violent extremists to project violence is unlimited.  They can reach deep into the heart of their enemy.  Don’t confuse their tribalism with primitive capability.

Second, the element of tribal revenge knows no bounds. They are not just focused on hitting military targets for retribution. In tribal feuds, the families are legitimate targets. America should wake up to this and start paying close attention to the safety of our military families.

Now, some thoughts on how to defeat these guys.

This is an atrocity of epic proportions. We need to call the Taliban out on this and portray them as the thugs they are. There is a solid narrative here that the Taliban, ISIL, and violent extremists groups are un-Islamic and violate the teachings of the Koran in many ways. This horrible event is one of many social proof opportunities to illuminate them as cold-blooded murderers, not holy warriors.

Second, we need to notice that the top down approach of the Pakistani military against the TTP in the Tribal Areas is not working. In fact, it is leading to this kind of retribution against the families of the soldiers. That is not to say, that the Pakistani military shouldn’t fight the Taliban, but they should do so by working with resilient tribes in Federal Lands that are opposed to the TTP.

In conclusion, this attack and the hostage situation in Sydney needs to serve as a wakeup call to us here in the U.S. These are not isolated attacks. We need to consider how our top-down uninformed actions create ammunition for tribal revenge. We need to stop giving a pass to violent extremists who commit atrocities.  We should call them out. We need to harden our defense posture for our military families at home. And finally, we need to work at grassroots levels with locals who will push back against these thugs.

These are rough times, but we can defeat these guys.

We need to wake up very quickly to these disturbing trends or we will face them here on an unprecedented scale. Look for my upcoming book Game Changers, which will further outline how to win this fight.

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About The Author

Scott Mann has spent most of his entire adult life leaving tracks, and his mission in life is to help others do the same. His Dad, Rex Mann, refers to this as giving back to causes higher than yourself. He doesn’t know why he loves it so, but he does. He has served our great country for 23 years in the U.S. Army, most of that as a Green Beret doing missions all over the world. He fought three combat tours in Afghanistan, as well as in many other conflict zones such as Iraq and Colombia. His last few years in the Army, he was an architect and original implementer of the Special Operations Village Stability Operations (VSO)/Afghan Local Police (ALP) programs in Afghanistan. He also designed and implemented the popular SOCOM Academic Week training courses. Scott has commanded troops at several levels. At his last rank, lieutenant colonel, he made the tough decision to pass on his promotion to colonel and pursue other passions. It was one of the toughest but most rewarding choices he ever made. He is now the founder and CEO of the Stability Institute, where they broker knowledge and connecting stability professionals on complex stability issues around the globe. In concert with Institute President Howard Clark, he has built a vast network of stability practitioners who collaborate on unique solutions for government organizations, large corporations and even small businesses and individuals. As an entrepreneur, he built a multimillion-dollar real estate portfolio and property management company with his brother, who is his best friend and partner. They buy, turn around, and operate mobile home communities all over the state of North Carolina. He is blessed to put his entrepreneurial experience to use by mentoring transitioning Green Berets and other veterans in reaching their goals and dreams in the civilian sector. As an advocate, he is also the founder/CEO of Patriot Families, a nonprofit organization helping military families and wounded veterans at a grassroots level cope with the rigors of military deployments and family stress. He serves on the board of advisors for Stay in Step Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Center in Tampa, Florida, and Spirit of America, a nonprofit supporting our warriors and diplomats with stability missions abroad. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Political Science. He has a Master’s Degree in Operational Art and Science from the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College. He lives in Riverview, Florida with his wife Monty and their three boys Cody, Cooper, and Brayden

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