SuperSaiyan4Godzilla wrote:Vietnam and the Second Gulf War has been referred to as wars with "face-less enemies."
No entirely sure what this has to do with my point, but I always appreciate a good history lesson.
You stated that no one can be taken seriously when you have no face. I'm taking face as "public image" or someone that represents the enemy. In WWII, Adolf Hitler and Mussolini were the faces of the European Theater. The Emperor and Admiral Yamamato were the faces of the Pacific Theater. During the Cold War, Stalin and later Soviet leaders proved to be the faces of the Communist enemy.
During Vietnam, there was no "face" for the enemy. The enemy was simply the legion that hid in the jungle and managed to kill our men left and right. The same can be argued for the Second Gulf War. There was no face for the Taliban/Al-Qeda. We do have Osama bin Laden, yes. However, it was made apparent that he was never really the leader. A group like the Taliban is like a hydra. You cut one head off, more grow in its place. You can even notice this today: bin Laden is very much dead, but the Taliban continues to exist.
What I'm getting at is that faceless enemies have been taken seriously in the past.