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Guerrilla warfare takes on new meaning today


Date published: 10/7/2012

Guerrilla warfare takes on new meaning today

The value of an opinion should be judged by the knowledge and experience of the person who propounds it. Circa 1935, Lt. Col. Thomas E. Lawrence, a.k.a Lawrence of Arabia, a generally recognized authority on guerrilla warfare and Arabian affairs, penned the following about guerrilla warfare:

"An opinion can be argued with; a conviction is better shot. The logical end to a war of creeds is the destruction of one."

The guerrilla warfare of Lawrence's day now has a more sophisticated name: asymmetrical warfare. Whatever you call it, some of its more skilled and dedicated practitioners in today's environment are radical Muslim extremists such as the Taliban and al-Qaida. Are radical Muslim jihadism and Western civilization on the verge of a war of creeds? Food for thought.

My interest in guerrilla warfare has its genesis in the training I received in the conduct of clandestine military operation during World War II.

Louis S. Herrink

King George