Saturday, January 22, 2005

"Yesterday at the Methodist Ladies College opponents of private schools disguised themselves as parents – dark suits for the men, well-cut, modest dresses for women and just walked in … present were about 1000 parents and the camouflaged guerrillas from the Defence of Government Schools organisation … In the middle of the assembly a DOGS lady with a banner stood and was immediately assailed by a dignified woman in bright pink. After a brief feminine struggle they were separated by a teacher … Parents had a second cup of tea. The DOGS people dispersed." from Sunday Australian 30 April 1972
Yesterday I was unable to resist two new books- 'Revolutionary Guerilla Warfare' by Geoffrey Fairburn and 'The Gobi Desert' by Mildred Cable and Francesca French (travel book from 1940s). The above quote comes from the introduction to the guerilla book. I found it reasonably amusing.
Fairburn goes on to describe the growth of terrorism and to write about it. I found another quote particularly interesting. It is from Clausewitz, his description of the strengths of guerilla movement it is:
"an idea, a thing invulnerable, intangible, without front or back, drifting about like gas."
This is the thing Colin Powell and George Bush have not understood. How can you wage war against a gas? You can't. You have to become more cunning. You have to prevent it happening and before you start you have to fully understand what it is.

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