the new tactics of war

At first all that was needed was to destroy the army. Then, starting with maybe the US war between the states, the need to squelch the industrial capability to wage war became a goal. Finally, perhaps starting with the Vietnam war, the strategy became one to remove the will to fight in the populace engaging in war, to remove the support behind the support for the military effort.

The only way our enemies can win is to attack and defeat the resolve of the American people to continue to support the war. It’s a battle like no other in history, with no clearly-defined combatants or fields of battle.

(I had a personal experience with this tactic recently, in the comments section of another blog. I went in prepared to calmly argue facts and positions; I was greeted with vile invective and insults. I briefly gave in and fought back in kind, but I finally gave up in disgust. That’s when it hit me; my opponent wasn’t attacking my facts or style, but me personally, in an effort to discourage me from continuing the argument. He wasn’t looking to win the argument on its merits, but to drive me off, and I was letting him.

It was what I’ve started calling the “chamberpot defense.” When his position was attacked, my opponent so thoroughly befouled the argument that it simply became too vile to be worth fighting over. He won the argument, but he has to live with the mess he created in the process. It’s related to the scorched-earth defense in war and the poison-pill defense in business.) [ Jay Tea; The changing road to victory; Whizbang; 2 Ja 05 ]

The fact is that the ideological foundation supporting any effort is always critical to that effort’s success. The US war efforts have always been successful because they have been driven by a fundamental ideology of the freedom of the individual to participate in determining governance. What is insidious today and for perhaps the last century is that this freedom is being impugned and questioned and tarred with misrepresentation, propaganda, and assignation.

The ‘chamberpot defense’ is a tactic of what the net messaging word calls trolling. The trolls seek to disrupt and destroy honest communication. You can see the same thing on network talking heads shows where they try to get a commentator on each side of the issue. Instead of reasoned clarification of issues what often results is a pissing match with people talking over each other, and at each other, and about each other.

So what to do?

1) Keep in mind that you are not talking to or with trolls. As noted in the previous post why? here’s why you are expressing your own views in your own manner for anyone to see if they so desire. Let anyone who wants form their own decisions based on what they see.

2) Stand for what you believe. This means being visible and illustrating your point not only in what you say but in how you say it.

3) Listen for learning but do not participate with those whose only goal is to reolve their own emotional problems or to stir the (chamber) pot. Let the trolls show themselves and they will end up making fools of themselves. They don’t need any help in doing this.

4) Be consistent and persistent. This is a war of attrition and requires firm resolve to see it through. If you stand visible and steady, you will find that you will accumulate reinforcements and additional strength according to the strength of your position. Make sure your foundation is a solid foundation for growth.

5) Take heart. The struggle has been going on for centuries. It grows ever stronger. Do not let occasional setbacks or attacks in force weaken your resolve. If you are for freedom of the individual then you have a lot of progress to witness and more to come.

We have an example of the tragedy that happens when we waiver in our resolve. It is good to see that lessons have been learned. The vociferousness of those trying to break the resolve yet again can be disheartening but should also be seen as an indication of just how much the debate has escalated. People are seeing the issues and making decisions.

Let the progress continue.

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