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Asymetric Warfare

Reader comment on item: Op Eds Now More Central in War than Bullets
in response to reader comment: Dr. Pipes, a small correction.

Submitted by Monte Gardner (United States), Jun 3, 2008 at 18:42

Perhaps a more precise way to put it is that brute military strength is less important then technical precision. There's going to be a lot more close quarters combat, Urban warfare, and other such scenarios in which aircraft carriers and long lines of armored tanks matter less then good intelligence gathering and precision guided weapons.

When I was a teenager in public school, we would learn about wars of the past by examining large maps. These maps would have various explosion-icons representing where significant battles occurred and colored arrows representing the march of opposing armies. At the end of the chapter would be a photograph or painting of the enemy generals meeting on an aircraft carrier, rail car, or valley to sign a peace treaty and then the chapter ended. I don't think our children will learn about this war in quite the same way.


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