Back in 1932, the British politician, Stanley Baldwin made a speech. This was during the time of the bomber fleet (from the air) theorists that envisaged air power being able to destroy cities and hence win wars on its own. Naturally, this bothered a lot of people and the topic of the day.
Looking back, it was an interesting speech and good enough to quote in a new GMJ Book, Code Name OST-M (GMJ 16). He said: “I think it is well also for the man in the street to realise that there is no power on earth that can protect him from being bombed. Whatever people may tell him, the bomber will always get through. The only defence is in offence, which means that you have to kill more women and children more quickly than the enemy if you want to save yourselves...If the conscience of the young men should ever come to feel, with regard to this one instrument [bombing] that it is evil and should go, the thing will be done; but if they do not feel like that – well, as I say, the future is in their hands. But when the next war comes, and European civilisation is wiped out, as it will be, and by no force more than that force, then do not let them lay blame on the old men. Let them remember that they, principally, or they alone, are responsible for the terrors that have fallen upon the earth.”
As we know, no matter who laughed at this speech and many did, the bomber fleets did get through and destroyed large cities in Germany and other places. Yes, they took massive losses but they got through. Many famous men joined the American Air Fleets, for instance Charles Bronson and Clark Gable were aerial gunners, flying in combat. Jimmy Stewart was one hell of a good bomber pilot. He would go on to become a brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve flying also in Vietnam as an observer in a B-52. I do not wish to get into the debate of the effectiveness of terror bombing or carpet bombing as it was known and authorised by Winston Churchill. The Yanks tried precision bombing (as it was at the time) and the RAF did not. According to Albert Speer, the German Armaments Minister, the bombing campaign did create problems, massively so and opened a new front, thus tying down hundreds of thousands of men who would otherwise have been on the front. The tactic also killed, some say murdered but that is a bit farfetched during wartime, hundreds of thousands of civilians and the so called London Blitz was absolutely nothing in what was dished out on say Berlin or Dresden. In the end though they failed, airpower did not win World War Two or anywhere else. In Vietnam they dropped more bombs than the entire World War Two and yet, they lost. In studies I uncovered I found that saboteurs in Occupied France, under a female spy, destroyed more trains and locomotives in three months than what the vaunted Air Forces could do in a year. The point is, the bomber did get through and it did cause problems and that is where it ended.
What this blog is about is that a terrorist bomber, the guy willing to blow himself up, will also always get through. It is a fact of life in counter terrorism but not one which our turd brigade (politicians float in what they talk), internationally and local, gets. They come up with wonderful expressions stating that “We (the counter terrorist lads) have to fail just once and the terrorist get lucky just once” and so forth. Things like - “We have to succeed all the time to prevent terrorist attacks etc. and if we fail it is the end of the world.”
Let me tell you, and I speak of decades of experience. You live in a dream world and are talking crap. In real life, the bomber always gets through. You may stop a hundred attacks and then the next one gets through and the point is that radicals, whether from Islam or the Far Right, are not normal people. You cannot reason with them since they sincerely believe you are wrong and they are right and they are willing to die for their cause. The recent attack on France is not the first nor a 9/11. The downing of the Russian airliner in Egypt is not the first and hear my words, many more attacks are coming. Brace yourself because it is now part of life in Europe but it is pinpricks in the greater scheme of things (and I mean no disrespect towards the dead). Such attacks will not, never, convert any great nation to become a radical Muslim State, no, it will bring misery to Muslims worldwide as they will respond in kind.
Many of my readers are astonished when I say I fear France in Africa above all. Why? They respond, they attack and they don’t ask much questions either before they do so. As I put it in the GMJ Books, “You wake up and the legionnaires are there to teach you manners and the Mirages are circling. The only lines in the sand is where your heels are dragging as they cut your balls off.” When you travel in Africa, the more secluded parts where the tourists are not, you see the Tricolour and you know, the Legion is nearby. We saw recently France going alone into Mali, we saw them opening the airstrikes (before the Americans and rest) in Libya and yes, I do not consider France to be the defeated nation it was (with everyone else including Britain) in 1940. America by the way, is seen as a joke, chucked out of Somalia (Mogadishu) with no staying power as proven since Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Unless you can back up your “line in the sand” with an armour division, we will laugh at you and pay lip service. So I have no doubts whatsoever that France and Russia is going to hammer ISIS like they never believed possible and they will not stop, the Paris attacks were a pinprick but it will have major consequences.
I am also amused to read the statements released in South Africa that we are safe from Radical Islam although I agree up to a point but not with the reasons given in public. Yes, we have an excellent spy agency and they are good. Not the rubbish NIA, called the National Disgrace in my books, but SASS was good, better than their predecessors NI anyway and I worked with both, so I know. And they are right when they say the radicals are here. If you bother to read my books you will find views and facts backing those views which should bother you. Yes, South Africa had links with the so called “London Tube” bombers of 2005, the so called “white widow” Samantha Lewthwaite did hide in South Africa (Johannesburg) for a while. There are a large and vocal local Muslim population clamouring for two things: (1) to boycott Israel and (2) to prosecute any South African Jew serving with the Israeli Army. And we had in the nineties attacks on American companies here.
South Africa is not a Jewish Friendly State as it was during Apartheid. Not in my eyes anyway and there are many reasons why I say so, purely from an analytical view on what was said, done and implemented since 1994, it is in the GMJ Books, properly explained for anyone to read and to agree or disagree with. The books are fiction but based on facts I can prove; it is not speculation or conspiracy theories. Hence it stands to reason, there is no logical reason for a Muslim radical to attack South Africa because they feel at home here. They are not killed, they are not arrested and they are not abused nor are they deported and the “War on Terror” is not our official concern. We don’t care. Why not? The answer is obvious, read my books and find out.
George M James is a pseudo name for the author and used for security reasons. He is an expert on counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in sub Saharan Africa, a military and war historian and published author of 43 books. His late wife was an American Patriot that served with the U.S. Navy. His books are widely read among military veterans of many nations.