Fighting Identity: Sacred War and World Change by Michael Vlahos

By Michael Vlahos

I give some thought to this ebook essentially the most vital books of our time, for it takes on "the Borg" at an highbrow point in a cultural context, and in so doing, speaks fact to strength: our Emperors ("the Borg") are bare and ignorant.

Early on he issues out that ours isn't the first globalization, and that earlier globalizations have confirmed that new identities upward thrust inside globalization and *cannot be positioned down* (his emphasis). New principles, counter-establishment rules, can't be suppressed, and finally triumph in new cognizance at a number of degrees. States fight vainly, equating every thing "new" with being a "threat," and finally cave in lower than the load in their personal lack of knowledge and lack of ability to evolve.

The first few chapters recommend that our response to 11th of September opened a Pandora's field, that AF-IQ are our Waterloo, and that "non-state actors" is a known time period for all that's outdoors the kingdom.

He specifies six "identity" migration paths: networks of conversion and subversion (e.g. the Muslim Brotherhood and the Pentecostals); self sustaining city subcultures (e.g. gangs); rising countries; fighter fraternities; militarized Bucellani (vandal elites, e.g. the Taliban, a country inside of a state); and our personal pass to undergo, intercessor safeguard sub-cultures (e.g. our military-industrial advanced to which i'd upload, a Congress missing in integrity).

TWO significant issues:

1. the U.S. army is not any longer Of, by means of, and For We the folk, now not a collective citizenry that's armed--in short, the militarization of nationwide coverage has made us smug, ignorant, and repugnant.

2. through resisting switch we're selling swap. i can't aid myself, i believe of the anti-Borg from outer house that grows once we nuke it, shrinks once we express love.

The writer issues out that each US army intervention right into a Muslim society has failed; that our mess ups bring about new formulation (reformations) instead of new instructions (transformations); and that during being drawn in and retaining the chaos house, we're feeding the metamorphosis of non-state cocoons into butterflies very challenging to hit with an artillery shell or perhaps an aimed bullet.

The center of the ebook expands at the topic of struggle as "creative destruction" (a mantra within the advertisement intelligence world), whereas stating that during ignoring morality, the Napoleonic and Clauswitzian crucial ("the ethical is to the actual as 3 is to one"--today i might make it 10:1) the USA is giving up the very strength that concerns, and failing to appreciate that id is better than materiel. He issues out that the "others" have dedication, sacrifice, collective effectiveness, breeding in conflict, are struggling with on their domestic floor, and attain transcendence in resisting the united states. in the meantime, within the US, 1% do the combating and the opposite ninety nine% are requested to head procuring.

P26: "America's challenge comes with the invention that it truly is simply the midwife instead of the godfather. We struggle for you to get not anything from these we legitimize."

I have a word tradition is identification is being is sacred and jointly shape recognition.

The writer is important of Al Qaeda and its many error, yet credit them with drawing the U.S. out into developing the chaos house during which different indigenous forces are emerging.

His part on process discusses the application of historical past and anthropology, either overseas "denied components" to the USG IMHO.

The writer issues out the most obvious that isn't so noticeable to these sacrificing America's blood, treasure, and spirit in our identify, i.e. thirds of humanity is "the different" residing the Hobbsian existence that's "poor, nasty, brutish, and short.," For those humans, struggle is an access element to negotiations, and the recent avid gamers collect legitimacy by means of out-lasting (not inevitably out-fighting) US forces.

As we flow towards the realization the writer speculates that we could be headed for a brand new center a long time with an international pandemic, weather swap, and an strength crunch (to which i might upload water crunch).

AF-IQ went improper in 5 methods:

1. Liberation fizzled (I upload, simply because neither Rumsfeld nor Gates are fascinated by waging peace)

2. Al Qaeda confirmed up in Iraq (the writer neglects Iran's glee and strategic leverage)

3. No astounding reconstruction (according to Paul Wolfowitz , "at their expense")

4. No democratic transformation (to have anticipated one was once idiocy or lying)

5. global didn't, won't, settle for the "Long battle"

Chapter eight on "fit" credit Martin van Creveld with the time period, and assuredly discusses how our leaders went to conflict, ordered others to conflict, with no the slightest knowing of "the other." The "American method of conflict" that Tony Echeverria has mentioned isn't a manner of struggle in any respect, has been, within the author's phrases, "the helpmate to enemy realization."

On web page 176 the writer itemizes our "transformation" principles set and concludes it truly is flat out incorrect.

1. Situational knowledge (based on distant applied sciences)
2. Precision killing (ineffective for people)
3. quick dominance (not so speedy)
4. Kill adequate of the enemy and their leaders, and resistance will fold (simply no longer so).

PP191-192 are a stake within the middle of COIN--it isn't really incorrect, it truly is easily ignorant and oblivious of the strategic complete of presidency and full Earth ramifications of spending all of our funds on a lemon. COIN is (my phrases) "Borg triumphant." COIN is "bento-box recognition" and RAND--normally a supplicant cheer-leader-- has defined its death intimately.

P202: "The occasions of Sept. 11 drove us again to nice warfare, yet this time with no *the people.* This nice conflict was once *and continues to be* a conflict of the management and its tribal confederacy. it's a state-military company, yet way more considerably, *it can be now a state-military liturgy.* (Emphasis in original.]

The writer notes that the "other" has a quicker studying curve than we do, and on web page 182: "Today's non-state actors be aware of us higher than we want to comprehend them." this can be an indictment of the USG.

See the photographs loaded below the e-book hide, and under books in step with author's intent:
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The panorama of historical past: How Historians Map the Past
The overall healthiness of countries: Society and legislations past the State
The Unconquerable global: energy, Nonviolence and the desire of the People
A strength Governments can't Suppress
Breaking the true Axis of Evil: the way to Oust the World's final Dictators by way of 2025
Uncomfortable Wars Revisited (International and safety Affairs Series)
Who the Hell Are We Fighting?: the tale of Sam Adams and the Vietnam Intelligence Wars
The Tunnels of Cu Chi: A Harrowing Account of America's "Tunnel Rats" within the Underground Battlefields of Vietnam
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Blank stares. One guy said, “I’m a Northerner. ” Everywhere I went, it was the same: “Oh, last Saturday there was a reenactment,” as if it was gay local color in a Renaissance fair. Only one old man raised his eyebrows, and of course he knew everything. But the sacrifice goes on. Have you been to The Cornfield at Sharpsburg? Go there on a hot summer morning and try to listen through the pulsing cicadas for the mind-blowing noise of gathering battle. Smell beyond the sweet grass the nose-filling sting of black powder.

But there is a seventh element, and it is by far the most mysterious. The real key to “other” realization is in the war relationship itself: seducing us into a codependent relationship where we assist their realization and legitimization. It is a magical artifact crying for us to pick it up. We are what they want. We are what they so desperately need. The commitment, the sacrifice, and the promise of transcendence: all of this is focused on engaging us. Why else take on the greatest nation-state?

When Romanitas and Kipling’s empire were at their cresting, the armies that fought for them surged too with the very same identity pride. Not just professional identity. History’s greatest professional armies— including our own—also embody deep cultural convictions, even if they are unacknowledged, that make for identity power. I have a friend, a well-known military historian, who insists that Trajan’s legions in Dacia were the greatest Roman army ever. I, arguing from the ornery unconventional, declare Julian’s corps at Strassbourg the top ancient host.

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