Thomas Wictor

Winning wars requires that we fight like the Arab League

Winning wars requires that we fight like the Arab League

Western powers don’t accept that journalism has transformed itself into advocacy for decay. The old dictum “If it bleeds, it leads” was meant to sell copies of newspapers, attract eyeballs to screens, and bewitch ears with radio stations. Now, journalists are opponents of progress. Rather than report, they choose to be propagandists for malefactors. It’s personal; reporters admire terrorists and dictators. Therefore winning wars requires that nations both ignore the press and mercilessly deceive it.

We need to fight like the Arab League.

This is not winning

Western powers need to stop doing this.

A top ISIS commander known by his nickname Omar the Chechen — and recognized by his distinguishable red beard — is believed dead from a U.S. airstrike in Syria, a senior defense official told NBC News Tuesday.

The likely death of Omar al-Shishani near the town of Shaddadi — seized by Syrian rebels from ISIS last month — would be a key gain for coalition forces in taking out one of the biggest names on the U.S.’s terror hit list.

“Believed dead”? “Likely death”? What if he isn’t?

We’ve done this with multiple terrorists all over the world. They were reported dead so many times that when we finally did kill them, we published photos of their corpses to prove that we’d succeeded. Doing so always backfires. Yes, it’s true that Muslim terrorists mutilate the hell out of their victims. But the reality is that announcing deaths and publishing photos is counterproductive.

A much smarter approach is to kill the person and never acknowledge it. I now believe that we should fight our wars clandestinely. Journalists are by their nature opposed to all war waged by the US and Israel for any reason. Recently Saudi Arabia was put into the No War For Any Reason club. How did the Saudis react?

With indifference. In fact they used this particular mass mental illness to their advantage by making the Yemen war into the most successful deception operation in human history. I can’t list all the way that the Arab League deceived the world with the Yemen conflict.

This is winning

Here are just a few examples.

Nobody knows how these armored vehicles got into the port city of Aden.

There aren’t even plausible theories. The Arab League is simply not equipped with enough landing craft to have carried out the insertion of hundreds of armored vehicles into Yemen. However, it happened. Not one person photographed it, and satellites missed it too.

Because Arabs accomplished this impossible mission, the world isn’t interested. Bigotry is another weapon in the Arab League arsenal. A Twitter user told me that the Saudis could never fight Russia because at the sound of the first shot, Arabs always drop their weapons and run.

Believe me, not a single Arab special operator hearing that would be offended. They’d all think, “Good.”

Underestimating your enemy is suicidal. Arrogance and a sense of entitlement will get you killed. Deservedly.

Winning by lying

Being in the military means constantly telling lies. I approve. This was a great lie.

Around 1,000 soldiers from Qatar’s Armed Forces have been deployed to Yemen, as part of the Arab coalition’s fight against Houthi rebels, Al Jazeera has learned.

An Al Jazeera journalist, reporting from the Saudi-Yemen border, said the troops were backed by more than 200 armoured vehicles and 30 Apache combat helicopters.

The troops are now reportedly heading to Yemen’s Maareb province, to join the Saudi-led coalition already fighting in the area.

No. Those Qataris never arrived in Yemen. My guess is that they went to Saudi Arabia for training and were then inserted into Syria. The point is, we don’t know where they went. The Saudis said that they would provide 150,000 troops for a Yemeni ground invasion. It didn’t happen. That was disinformation meant to keep everyone off balance. A total of 5000 Arab League ground troops were sent.

The vast majority of the men fighting the Houthis and the loyalists to former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh are Yemenis trained and equipped by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


The Yemeni militiamen trained by the Saudis and Emiratis are being formally incorporated into the armed forces. As in Syria, Arab League strategic special operators are helping, but the Yemenis are fighting for their own country and winning the war themselves.

More deception.

Kuwait has decided to send troops to its neighbour Saudi Arabia to resist cross-border attacks by the Yemeni Houthi movement, the Kuwaiti daily al-Qabas reported on Tuesday citing an informed source.

“Kuwait decided on the participation of its ground forces, represented by an artillery battalion, in operations to strike at positions of Houthi aggression against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the paper said.

The Kuwaiti foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Actually, the Kuwaiti foreign ministry has never responded to requests for comment about this deployment. We don’t know where those Kuwaitis are, and that’s as it should be. The press doesn’t have a right to know what’s happening, and frankly neither does the public.

Don’t get me wrong.

Winning by not being idiots

An educated, informed, rational, mature, responsible, clearheaded public has a right to know what its armed forces are doing.

In other words, we don’t have a right to know what our armed forces are doing.

Look at this depravity from Opposite World.

The Beast Revealed: US Celebrates Iranian General’s Death at ISIS Hands

America’s celebration of the death of Iranian General Hossein Hamedani is a call to arms for the entire civilized world.

The death of General Hossein Hamedani and America’s celebratory mood in its wake is a call to arms of the entire civilized world. Stop the US and it’s now transparent, naked evil in Syria now—shoulder-to-shoulder with the Russian-Syrian-Iranian-Iraqi coalition—or fight them by yourself inevitably in the future.

Canadians wrote that. The US is evil, and Iran is civilized and saintly. Here’s Saint General Hossein Hamedani.


He killed thousands of Iranians before he ate a missile for breakfast on October 7, 2023. Don’t kid yourself: The Arab League killed him. Hamedani was the second-in-command of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force. He was the architect of the entire Iranian war effort in Syria. The idea that the oafs of the Islamic State just happened to nail him is laughable.

Only one man was more elusive and closely guarded than Hamedani: Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Quds Force.

He’s dead too. The Iranians are releasing old photos of him to prove that he’s still alive. Below on the left is Suleimani in Syria in October of 2015, while the image on the right shows him in Iraq in 2014. But the Iranians say that the photo on the right is more recent.


Baloney. Hamedani and Suleimani are ex-terrorists. They’re pushing up daisies.

And the men who killed them will never publicly admit to it.

If the US goes to war, the president should announce it, and then nobody in government should talk about it until its over.

Winning by hiding

I spent most of today trying to find good photos of Arab League special operators as they would appear in combat. Plenty of photos are taken during exercises, but I wanted to see how the men look when they actually fight.

Here are Saudi, Jordanian, and Bahraini special operators training for a forced entry.

Police SWAT units all over the world do that. You burst in on unsuspecting targets and either capture or kill them. Speed and the element of surprise are crucial.

But here are Saudi special operators equipped for combat without the element of surprise.

I’ve never seen more heavily armored soldiers. They have ballistic protection for their thighs, groins, chests, sides, backs, forearms, shoulders, and heads. Those are men who are prepared to run directly into a hurricane of fire.

We publish too many photos of our troops. I had to search in Arabic to find that image.

Winning by narrowing the focus

This story doesn’t mean what you think.

A senior IDF officer told a Saudi newspaper on Monday that “the IDF could put Lebanon back 300 years and in parallel conquer the Gaza Strip and destroy all of its infrastructure.” The officer told journalist Majdi Halbi of the Elaph news site that despite the IDF capability, the army is subject to the political echelon that in the officer’s estimation will not order such action.

The officer revealed that Israel sent messages to Hezbollah, via a third party country, warning it to think twice before attacking Israel and that it would regret the action.

The officer said it was possible that Hezbollah was digging attack tunnels on the northern border with Israel, and that Hezbollah was expert in using tunnels in populated civilian areas during war but he didn’t expand further on the topic.

On Gaza, the senior officer said it is a question of “when and not if” regarding the next military confrontation with the coastal enclave, adding that “such a clash could happen sooner rather than later due to the fact that Hamas’s situation is deteriorating.”

“We estimate that there are attack tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel but we do not have the ability to prevent all of them with 100 percent success. We are prepared for a confrontation that will bring about great destruction, but we hope that we will not get to this situation,” he said.

Do you understand how significant it is that the IDF officer gave this interview to a Saudi paper? Israel and Saudi Arabia are saying that inflicting suffering on the Lebanese, Iranian, and Palestinian people won’t bring peace. The only way to stop the endless wars is to remove the implacably destructive leadership, which has never paid a personal price for its terrorism.

I believe that what you just read above is the official death warrant of Hassan Nasrallah, Khaled Mashal, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Iranian mullahs. New weapons, new soldiers, and new tactics and strategies mean a new Middle East.

It’ll be like this.

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