Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

The Accidental Guerrilla….in the Homeland

Posted by M. C. on July 31, 2018

As a Kilcullen fan, I took special interest in this piece. If you’re a Patriot, and not reading Forward Observer… should be.

This month, I’ve been re-reading The Accidental Guerrilla by counterinsurgency theorist (and practitioner) David Kilcullen.

The premise of the book is simple: Osama bin Laden baited U.S. and Coalition Forces into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere in the Middle East, while simultaneously baiting the Muslims in those countries to fight the Americans, thus ensuring a protracted war between Islam and the West. The book covers many examples of irregular, tribal wars and the ‘accidental guerrillas’ who fight in them.

Many fighters in Afghanistan didn’t necessarily want to fight until American soldiers stepped foot into their homelands and, being now forced to fight them, became ‘accidental guerrillas’ because they had no other choice.

In the very first pages, Kilcullen discuses the Chinese way of “unrestricted warfare” and I think it sets up a worst-case scenario or model if our cold civil war turns hot. Here’s a brief background:

First, Chinese activities like intellectual property theft (economic and industrial espionage) to the tune of $200-300 billion per year should be classified as an act of war — because the Chinese Communist Party certainly see themselves being at war with the U.S.

Second, espionage outside of government and military sectors has been going on for decades; this is much more than just competition for military supremacy, it’s competition for total supremacy and eventual global dominance (especially economically, commercially, and technologically).

Third, an acquaintance recently described to me how the Chinese look at espionage. “To the Chinese, a door is a door,” he said, describing that all avenues are on the table, regardless of how traditional or acceptable the targets are. Every door being just another door to walk through is the basis for understanding Chinese “unrestricted warfare”.

“The first rule of unrestricted warfare is that there are no rules, with nothing forbidden.” – Qiao Liang, People’s Liberation Army…

We might be tempted to say that attacks against Trump supporters is a form of terrorism but through the lens of low intensity conflict, Trump supporters are actually cultural combatants. They’re among the politicized social bases involved in this civil war/domestic conflict and, in the eyes of their opposing belligerents, are acceptable targets of political violence. (One thing we ought to keep an eye on is the normalization of violence against socialists/communists, because that seems to be a logical progression of tit-for-tat political violence, which would mark a turning point in our otherwise cold civil war.)

In the United States right now, we’re seeing all the hallmarks of low intensity conflict — confrontation between politicized social bases below the threshold of conventional war but above peaceful and routine competition. That’s the basis for my argument that we’re already in a domestic conflict, albeit a low grade one.

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