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.