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Some interesting insights on the subject from the Army War College:

October 17, 2008 - Posted by | Admin, H300, leadership, Urban Warfare |

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  1. My take on H302 reading.

    1. To the victor goes the spoils. Whether a movement is called a revolution or not depends on whether you win or lose. If you win then the movement is call a Revolution. However, if you lose it is called an uprising or a rebellion.

    2. Based on number one the reading left me wondering what is the difference between revolution, guerilla warfare, and terrorism? The only answer that seems to fit for me is whether or not the movement is truly based on a organized political intent and purpose. Politics is the true engine not the violence behind it.

    3. The reading also caused me to reflect on the insurgency in OIF and OEF. Is the insurgency that we face a terrorist insurgency or a revolutionary movement? I guess the answer depends on whether we win or lose.

    4. It seems to me that revolutionary movements are often caused by the rift between the have’s and have not’s, between the wealthy and poor. If this is true could greater distribution of economic wealth greatly reduce the changes of such movements happening in the future?

    5. Given the point in #4, is revolutionary movements something that is mainly isolated the third world countries? Does that mean that global powers are revolutionary resistant entities?

    6. The reading eluded the the fact that since the 1940s “revolutionary wars” are nothing more than “proxy” wars the between global powers, i.e. the U.S. and the Soviet Unit.

    7. If revolutionary wars are to succeed one must apply the revolutionary doctrine with great discipline and patient. One can not rush this process because time is a key to success. Time is important because it allows you to make the necessary political preparations.

    Anyway those are my thoughts.


    Comment by Anthony Gray | February 15, 2009

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