(Western) Good Friday Highlights

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  1. Are small arms enough to defend liberty?

    Well, yeah, they’re not enough to fight off the strongest superpower in the world… as long as the superpower is willing to continue occupying. Eventually, they (we) will have to give up. Guerrillas win by outlasting, not by defeating. Whether we leave in a year or in a hundred years, the guerrillas will have “won.”

  2. Mark says:

    JA,
    You’re wrong on two counts.

    First, you aren’t watching what’s happening in Iraq closely enough (or haven’t read COIN), e.g., Fallujah then and now.

    Second, is it your impression that if our government needed correction by force of arms, small arms and “outlasting” the opposition is an acceptable recourse? In the case of tyranny and insurrection in our country, one might not say small arms would have “won” if the regime that needed toppling stood for 100 years.

  3. Well, no, JewishAtheist, it is not true to say that whether we leave in 100 years or today the insurgents will have won. Many or even most insurgencies fail. For example, the British defeated communist insurgents in what they termed the Malayian Emergency 1948-1960. They did everything wrong the first 4 years, then did everything right the last 8.

    Why do you put “win” in quotation marks?

    Lastly, why do you refer to the people we’re fighting as “guerrillas”? On page 3-18 (specifically sections 3-101 through 105) of the COIN manual it is explained that guerrilla warfare is one of three tactics that insurgents may employ.

    Read the COIN manual, you’ll find it enlightening.

  4. Mark:

    First, you aren’t watching what’s happening in Iraq closely enough (or haven’t read COIN), e.g., Fallujah then and now.

    So while we continue to occupy, Fallujah has made some recovery. Meanwhile, a small but resistant cadre of insurgents [are] waiting to launch a counterattack. Just as I said. The second we’re gone, whether it’s in a year or in a hundred years, they’ll just step right back in.

    Second, is it your impression that if our government needed correction by force of arms, small arms and “outlasting” the opposition is an acceptable recourse?

    Obviously, you’d like to have your own army with equal technology, but if a sizable fraction of the U.S. population waged war on the government with small arms, it would be more than an annoyance.

    Tom:

    Many or even most insurgencies fail.

    The only way the insurgency fails in Iraq is if another dictator takes over. (What, is it going to be a nice, pluralistic democracy?) That’s hardly a “victory.”

    Why do you put “win” in quotation marks?

    Because it’s a “win” by default.

    Lastly, why do you refer to the people we’re fighting as “guerrillas”? On page 3-18 (specifically sections 3-101 through 105) of the COIN manual

    Nitpicky much? Anyway, the COIN manual is not scripture. It’s not too surprising that if you read it, it shows that the authors of it will prevail by using it!

  5. Kyle says:

    Too many references to Orthodoxy can be misleading. I hopped through that link expecting to find erudite debate of the grammar of Greek.