Airstrikes don't win wars. 7 million *tons* (7 billion kg) of explosives were dropped during the Vietnam war, about 3.5 times more than the total droppes in WW2 in all theaters.

Children reached their teens rarely seeing natural daylight.

The reason the US still couldn't achieve its objectives is pretty simple. The will to fight of the North Vietnamese people was much stronger than any of the forces fighting them.

There are two important lessons here (among others).

First, the appearance of power...

...and strength of highly industrialized and technologically advanced nations is an illusion.

Secondly, the power of ideological and economkc warfare is much more than the power of weaponry.

The reason Muslim countries are unwilling to fight against the kuffar is not...

...because we are unable, but because there is simply no will for it among the people.

We don't love the Muslims as they deserve to be loved, and we don't hate the kuffar as they deserve to be hated.

This is because we are broadly unaware of the realities.

This lack of awareness is due to ignorance about our religion first and foremost, but also lack of awareness about the evil of the kuffar, and this ignorance is deliberately fostered by the educational system pushed upon us by the kuffar (ideological warfare).

Secondly, force is strategically applied to open economies of Muslim countries and to engender dependence. This way, no one is willing to fight because it means getting economically isolated and having trade and industry collapse.

This is why al Shabab's policies of...

...blocking Western humanitarian aid, providing incentives to strengthen local economies, and promoting Islamic education while blocking secular education show understanding of modern warfare, even if it causes them to lose some popularity with those who are after easy food.


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