Tactics of War Don't Change The Technology

Friday, 20 September 2013
We don't actually have to be at war in the Middle East to stir the hornet's nest, it's practically perpetually perturbed as it is, and has been for 1000s of years. That's the way they roll, no surprise there, especially for anyone who studies their history. If they are not fighting us Westerners in unison, then their ranks degrade and they are fighting each other over sectarian tit-for-tat revenge bombings and attacks.

Just the thought that we might intervene somewhere causes new alliances due to the conventional wisdom and phrase; "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" at least for today, because when tomorrow comes "Familiarity breeds contempt" and the events of past periods comes back alive once again. How about a case in point as President Obama has threatened to intervene in Syrian's Civil War in the Summer of 2013. The Syrian Army's cyber command - yes, they have one too - has already worked to undermine our efforts to stop the use of chemical weapons.

There was an interesting article on Dark Government on September 2, 2013 titled; "Syria's Electronic Army Hacked Marine Corps Site," with a subtitle sentence; "The Syrian Electronic Army has threatened to target the United States in case it decides to launch a military attack against Syria. For now, the US hasn't taken a decision, but the hackers have already attacked a website of the US Marine Corps to send a message." The article goes on to state that the hackers posted this message to USMC Troops:

"This is a message written by your brothers in the Syrian Army, who have been fighting Al Qaeda for the last 3 years. We understand your patriotism and love for your country so please understand our love for ours. Obama is a traitor who wants to put your lives in danger to rescue Al Qaeda insurgent."

If you will recall in Vietnam the enemy was broadcasting by radio to earshot of US Troops. The tactic was used to demoralize the troops. Preemption, psychological warfare, guerrilla tactics, terrorist proxies, mass media propaganda - well, they are all part of modern war, but in reality haven't they always been in one form or another?

There was another interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal which stated that "Iran Plots Revenge, US Says - Officials Say Intercepted Message to Militants Orders Reprisals in Iraq if Syria Hit" by Julian E. Barnes and Adam Entous, published on September 7, 2013 which also stated; "Israel so far has been the focus of concern about retaliation."

Okay, but maybe the media or the "officials" in our government ought to tell us something we don't know, obviously Iran uses terrorists and terrorist plots to serve their political will all over the region and has said they will call up sleeper cells in the US also if Iran were to be attacked.

Further, judging by the cyber attack preemptions, it's obvious to me that whether the US does or doesn't do something in Syria, there will be attacks on Western Embassies, forces, soft targets, shipping targets of opportunity, perhaps even our homeland. They are always plotting something, and we are always listening in to preempt their preemption, it's like looking in an endless set of mirrors sometimes. Think on that - from a philosophical perspective - because war is not pretty.


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