Most Americans and far too many Israelis do not understand the nature of Fourth Generation Warfare, which includes the strategic use of protracted war, and political propaganda. We have only to study how the Communist North Vietnamese destroyed the political will of the United States to see how this model of warfare works.
The difference between the Communists and the Islamic terrorists are quite striking:
1. The Communists used violence as a tactic in a revolutionary struggle to absorb entire states, and then build their anti-Democratic tyrannies on the ossified bones of Marxist/Lenninist theory.
2. The jihadists use violence as a religious principle to hollow out the states they wish to fracture and plunder. They have no wish to build infastructure. Witness the so-called Palestinians who have had numerous opportunities since 1948 to have their own state. Each time they have rejected this option in favor of war. Gaza is the end result of the jihadist nihilism.
4th Generation Propaganda
Similarities must be noted for jihadists have carefully studied the Communist insurgencies of the 20th century.
Communists and jihadists exploit the natural splits in democracies to erode popular support for war. Their propaganda always frames every conflict in terms of “colonial aggression” thereby easily coopting squishy Western liberals as allies and enablers. Western liberals were content to co-exist and apologize for Communism, and now most liberals are marching along with Islamic radicals; an odd match considering Islamic radicals will turn around and butcher all feminists, homosexuals, Jews, Christians, Secularists, at the first opportunity.
But liberals are no longer liberal; their once fine ideology has been corrupted by a morally vacuous multi-culturalism. Malignant Jew-hatred has settled into a comfortable home in the rarified salons of the European and American left—cleverly disguised as “mere anti-Zionism.” There is also a paralyzing fear of being accused of Islamophobia—a phantom prejudice invented by jihadists to keep the guilt-ridden West on the defensive, another tactic of 4th Generation Warfare. Thus, liberals have transmongrified into arch-reactionaries and isolationists, living in a fashionable, but ultimately suicidal state of denial.
Negotiation: 4th Generation Style
Negotiation is another tactic used by 4th Generation players to defeat their enemies. Read what Mao said about this tactic:
Revolutions rarely compromise; compromises are made only to further the strategic design. Negotiation, then, is undertaken for the dual purpose of gaining time to buttress a position (military, political, social, economic) and to wear down, frustrate and harass the opponent. Few, if any essential concessions are to be expected from the revolutionary side, whose aim is only to create conditions that will preserve the unity of the strategic line and guarantee the development of a victorious situation.
Thus, when the Democrats demand that we engage Syria and Iran, they play right into the hands of the enemy. Negotiation buys time, gives the aura of legitimacy to butcher regimes, and allows the world to sit back and imagine that all will be well. In fact, the rogue state are merely setting up their next aggressive moves. For Syria, the final annexation of Lebanon; for Iran, their nuclear bomb: hegemony over the middle-east, and the destruction of Israel.
Losing Battles, Winning Wars
Ho Chi Minh lost every important battle against U.S. forces. For General Giap the Tet Offensive was a disaster, but in defeating the political will of the United States Tet was a spectacular success; that self-important wind-bag Walter Cronkite was worth his weight in gold to the Communists, thus the North was able to win the war.
The jihadists are counting on just this strategy as America and Israel battle world-wide jihad. In Israel, those on the left through willfull ignorance, stubborn denial, all-too familiar Jewish self-loathing, or simple conflict-fatigue neatly separate the so-called Palestinians and their endless grievances from the trans-national jihadist players, Hizbullah/Iran, Syria/Hizbullah & Islamic Jihad, and continue to insist that the war is about “occupied territory” when it is about the very existence of the Jewish State.
The liberation of Palestine, from an Arab viewpoint, is a national duty and it attempts to repel the Zionist and imperialist aggression against the Arab homeland, and aims at the liquidation of the Zionist presence in Palestine.
PLO Charter, Article 15
This from Abbas’ Fatah, the group our government and Israel’s current leadership considers pragmatic and moderate.
In America we are already being told that we must “learn to live” with a nuclear Iran, as if some magical paralysis has taken hold of our national will and nothing can be done about the spread of nuclear weapons among jihadist state players.
We have also been told that the war in Iraq is “lost,” that it is a “quagmire,” and that we must now stamp an expiration date on this war. Of course, nothing would make the jihadists happier than a surrender time-table from the Americans.
Time… Time… Time
It is also vital to come to grips with the stark reality of the time-frame that Fourth Generation Warfare imposes. The jihadists correctly think in terms of generations. We in the west, impatient for instant solutions, believe that wars should come to a final conclusion after a few months, certainly after several years, World War I & II serving as models. But these wars were the last of Third Generation Warfare. We cannot fight these wars anymore. The enemy is too clever, and will not allow himself to be destroyed on the field of battle where he knows he cannnot triumph. Thus the jihadists have adopted Fourth Generation Warfare as their two stage strategy: destroying the political will of the west, and then rupturing one Western democracy after another.
Impatience inevitably leads to defeat. This is the heart and soul of Mao’s concept of protracted war.
The Europeans are set on seeking “diplomatic solutions.” This is nothing less than appeasement. Even as their capital cities sprout huge mosques generously funded by radical Islamic “charities,” European intellectual elites agitate against Israel with South African style boycotts, and give a free pass to Iran, and Syria, countries that seek their destruction.
These are the mind-sets of those who have been defeated by 4th Generation Warfare, some willingly, others unknowingly. Nevertheless, it is the road to oblivion for western civilization.
Everyone should understand: Lack of clarity spells doom.