Saturday, September 17, 2005

Freedom Fighters

I just read the distinction between a terrorist and guerilla in Leroy Thompson's The Counter-Insurgency Manual.. The difference is their relationship to the population. The guerilla tends to protect, aid, educate, and otherwise help the population in which they are immersed. The terrorist, by contrast, tends to harm the population, to fill them with such fear that they in turn achieve the terrorist's political goals. In Iraq, we are currently facing terrorists and guerillas, which is one of the things making it so difficult. I'll leave it at that, so that this doesn't turn into another monster post.


Blogger Noumenon said...

Hey, that makes me a lot more comfortable with pro-military reporters like Michael Yon calling the people they're fighting "terrorists." Before I thought they were buying into the Saddam/Al Qaeda thing or just trying to dehumanize.

2:19 PM  

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