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guerilla politics v01
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Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope...build(ing) a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

Robert F. Kennedy

This community's main aim is to discuss (in a civil manner) the politics of guerilla warfare. Delving into news of current armed liberation movements worldwide, discussing moral implications, and even stating opinions on certain struggles, you may join if you like. Just keep it clean, folks.


Guerrilla is a term invented in Spain to describe the tactics used to resist the French regime instituted by Napoleon Bonaparte (one should however remember, that the tactics themselves were known and used even centuries earlier). It means "little war". It is based in small, mobile and flexible combat groups called cells, without a front line. Guerrilla tactics are based on ambush and sabotage, and their ultimate objective is usually to destabilize the government through long, low-intensity confrontation. It can be quite successful against an unpopular foreign regime, in which the guerrilla army increases the cost of maintaining a colonies above what the foreign power is willing to bear. Examples of successful guerilla warfare include Indonesia, Angola, Mozambique and Algeria. However, it has generally been unsuccessful against native regimes, who have nowhere to retreat to. The rare examples of successful guerilla warfare against a native regime include Cuba and China. More common are the unsuccessful examples which include Malaysia, Bolivia, Argentina, and the Philippines.

Guerrillas usually control rural areas with lots of places to hide, such as forests and mountains. Guerrillas rely on a friendly population to provide supply and intelligence.