Monday, August 07, 2006

Why William Lind likes the Prussian monarchy


"Hezbollah wages new generation of warfare" by Matthew Stannard
"I think it's something new, in that a non-state organization has undertaken a major, sustained, broad-scale, and so far, the successful military offensive against a state," said William Lind, director of the Center for Cultural Conservatism at the Free Congress Foundation, a Washington, D.C., think tank. "What changes here ... is that non-state forces are able to challenge states militarily -- and win."

Some experts call it "modern warfare," some call it "unconventional conflict," others use technical terms such as "netwar" or "fourth-generation warfare."

The definitions differ, but all refer generally to conflict in which small, decentralized, non-state groups can turn the advantages of large national armies -- overwhelming firepower, high technology, a clear hierarchy of command -- into disadvantages, and in which winning political and public relations victories matters more than counting casualties and bombing sorties.

thanks to Global Guerillas

4GW theory is making its way to the MSM, perhaps it is time for some more fine-tuning of the theory that will take into consideration objections and purported historical counter-examples.

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