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From: Palle Rasmussen <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: REPLY: Weapons--Napalm/Flamethrowers Date: March 10, 2010 5:39:48 AM EST To: H-NET Military History Discussion List <H-WAR@h-net.msu.edu> Ah but Mr Del Vecchio; being old school, forget the most important aspect of guerrilla, one that Mao, Giap, et al understood very well. And one that Osama understands and uses in his global guerrilla against what he percieves as western oppression, the images of those planes and WTC is etched into everybody's mind. The war of hearts and minds. If the shepherd had been killed, both the native population and the population back home in whatever Western and moralist country with anti-war sentiments and fifth columnists (of a sort) already active would be moved a small step more against war. Eventually the country's morale would break and they pull out. The archetypical example is the French in Algeria who defeated the enemy so throughoughly that the FLN was virtually destroyed, but employed methods that the French population could not accept or condone. Another example is the name I mentioned earlier in this debate; Phan Thị Kim Phúc "The Girl in The Picture"... Morale has changed since the Res Publica Romana routinely and ruthlessly slaughtered enemy populations or sold them as slaves, when not enjoying the spectacle of the arena... Cheers, Rasmussen, Palle, Ma Hist, independent scholar. ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----