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The Hezbollah – Lebanon’s Broad Front Resistance Movement

Posted in Anti-Zionism, Internationalism, Solidarity, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

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War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare

Posted in Imperialism, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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“The guerrilla fights the war of the flea, and his military enemy suffers the dog’s disadvantages: too much to defend; too small, ubiquitous, and agile an enemy to come to grips with.” (Robert Taber)

The ‘War of the Flea: The Classic Study Of Guerrilla Warfare’ by Robert Taber arguably surpassess  Carlos Marighella’s ‘Handbook of Urban Guerrilla Warfare”,”On Rural Guerrilla Warfare”,“Guerrilla Tactics and Operations” contained in his book ‘For The Liberation of Brazil’, perhaps the most valued studies in guerrilla struggle.

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‘The War of The Flea’ is timeless and has been utilised as a tactical manual from every group opposing imperialist armies, from the NVA and Vietnamese National Liberation Front (called the ‘Viet Cong’ by the USA).   Robert Taber, quotes Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnamese commanding general from 1944-1978, on guerillas fighting a conventional Western army, who obviously concurs that:

“The enemy will pass slowly from the offensive to the defensive. The blitzkrieg will transform itself into a war of duration. Thus, the enemy will be caught in a dilemma: He has to drag out the war in order to win it, and does not possess, on the other hand, the psychological and political means to fight a long, drawn-out war.”

 

Taber is an excellent analyst of anti-imperialist struggles and arguably, even more valuable, has an insight into the mindset of the ‘dog’ attacked by the ‘flea’,

“Whether the primary cause of revolution is nationalism, or social justice, or the anticipation of material progress, the decision to fight and to sacrifice is a social and a moral decision. Insurgency is thus a matter not of manipulation but of inspiration.

I am aware that such conclusions are not compatible with the pictures of guerrilla operations and guerrilla motivations drawn by the counterinsurgency theorists who are so much in vogue today. But the counterinsurgency experts have yet to win a war. At this writing, they are certainly losing one.

Their picture is distorted because their premises are false and their observation faulty. They assume–perhaps their commitments require them to assume–that politics is mainly a manipulative science and insurgency mainly a politico-military technique to be countered by some other technique; whereas both are forms of social behavior, the latter being the mode of popular resistance to unpopular governments.”

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Robert Taber’s classic ‘War of the Flea: The Classic Study Of Guerrilla Warfare’ is a must read for all revolutionaries, students of conflict and those interested in the principles of guerrilla war.  Although written in the 1960’s it has yet to be surpassed in content and is still used by peoples’ repressed by imperialist forces globally, from the Hezbollah, The Popular Front For The Liberation of Palestine, the Maoist Naxelite Guerrillas in India to FARC and ELN in Columbia, to name but a few….

The War of the Flea is available from all good booksellers, including Amazon, where it can be purchased for as little as just over £7.

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Alex McGuigan

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