You can't beat a people who would rather die than subjugate themselves. They literally have less than nothing to lose. The only thing you can do is try and take it away from them before they take it away from you.
It was true in French Indochina, true in Vietnam, true for the Soviets in Afghanistan, and it's true for us there as well.
A great shot is when you pull it off. A smart shot is when you don't have the guts to try.