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Re: <nettime> IDF reading Deleuze and Guattari (and Debord)
ericbj on Mon, 21 Aug 2006 14:16:50 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> IDF reading Deleuze and Guattari (and Debord)


 The article on Israeli tactical thinking is interesting
 in (1) demonstrating the intellectual bent of some of
 their field commanders and (2) the use of analogy to
 apply studies in one subject to development of methods
 of action in another.  

 It should be mandatory reading for those actively
 opposing Israeli military actions if they hope to
 counter them effectively.  

 In these times some sucessful military people study the
 original 'Art of War' (Sun Tzu).  Nguyen Giap described
 as his bible T.E. Lawrence's 'Revolt in the Desert'.  It
 seems that aged theory is not necessarily a hindrance to
 successful application decades or even millenia later.  

 Morality -- who or what is right or wrong -- is a
 related issue, but should not prevent a study of what is
 being done and the thinking behind it.

 The idea of not entering a building by the doors is not
 new in urban warfare.  In WWII, SOE lectures on urban
 guerrilla warfare recommended entering by the roof
 whenever possible.  Regular troops, better equipped,
 would commonly punch a hole in a wall with a PIAT prior
 to storming an enemy held-building.  

 What is new is the much greater involvement in present-
 day conflicts of the civilian population.

 Eric Johnston






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