Machiavellian Advice

He who has annexed them [some principalities], if he wishes to hold them, has only to bear in mind two considerations: the one that the family of the former lord is extinguished: the other that neither their laws not their taxes are altered.

~ Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469-05-03 1527-06-21 age:58) The Prince

America has taken this advice to heart. They target the wives and children of their rivals. They enforce Shari’a law in Afghanistan almost identical to the way the Taliban did.