2 readers online now  |  69 million page views

counterinsurgency

Reader comment on item: Must Counterinsurgency Wars Fail?

Submitted by stafford (United Kingdom), Sep 14, 2008 at 16:12

the massive military machines of most of the worlds nations cannot truely fight counterinsurgency or even counter terrorist because the training and education of the military is still tied to the land air sea war of the 2oth century.

the formation of the british sas during the 2nd ww as a rapid light armoured division able to move quickly and quietly and attack the enemy like terrorists or insurgents was vital to success in north africa.

after the war the wisdom knowledge and experience was lost as the threat of the cold war shifted resources towards what is now regarded as modern battle tactics large armies armoured divisions and air and sea power.

we need to convince the military machine that less is more. smaller units of specilaised troops, air and armour and perhaps sea forces.

they need to train as insurgents and terrorists inorder to develop the mindset of the enemy, to learn to see as the enemy do and to attack the enemy on his own ground, in his backyard with lethal force.

the israelis have discovered that in fighting hizbolla big army does not work. let us hope that we all learn that less is more.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to counterinsurgency by stafford

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)