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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