Insurrection, A Primer

2016 September 11
by drdog09

Battling the status quo requires organization and popular support. This piece will address the organizational aspects.

If one looks at the postwar history of insurrections, Algerian War of Independence, Border War of the IRA, Eritrean War, Thailand revolt they all have similar aspects —

An arm or leader capable drawing support from the population. An organizational structure that can tap into the issues and disgust that reflects the population as a whole. The political arm handles the ‘face’ of the insurrection effort. They also keep a considerable distance from the Arms group though they may coordinate via tenuous links.

The primary purpose of Political is to project weakness within the Status Quo. At times successful Arms events are utilized. At other times it is events inconsistent with the Status Quo that is utilized.

Money supports politics and insurrections alike. Money is used to support the Political. Funds are also used to support selected aggrieved parties in their time of need. It goes without saying funds are used to support Arms as well.

The source of such funds can come from various entities. The first if the population itself. Second is the Status Quo by ruse (think of Medicaid fraud to fund such efforts.) Finally external actors interested in an outcome not favorable to the Status Quo.

The meat of the insurrection. The critical item here besides weapons is distance. Arms cannot be seen as a component of Political. Otherwise Political cannot be free to position themselves aside and above the fray.

Arms generally does not have the resources to go head to head with Status Quo. Small team strikes, critical infrastructure destruction and elimination of key personnel become the technique of choice.

Of critical importance is target selection. Efforts should be made to avoid population preferred infrastructure. Only if there exists an overriding outcome, say killing a prime minister on a train should this be utilized. Disruption of symbolic events preferable. Targets against governance functions will be applied.

One only has to look to the American Civil War to understand the importance. Without the British providing support in the latter stages the war would have been over by 1863. A preference would be that the sourcing of the assistance not be identified or if it is solely linked to Political. Links to Arms are to be avoided at all costs. (A critical error used against the Confederacy.)

Insurrections can assume many forms but the successful ones provided the functions above. May we not reach this point, but we should keep it in mind.

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  1. 2016 September 11 8:00 pm
    justrand permalink

    This is critical…please continue and I (and others, I am sure) will weigh in on the morrow.

    Thank you, drdog!

  2. 2016 September 11 8:40 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Thank you. Like I said at the close, hope we don’t have to go this far.

  3. 2016 September 11 9:09 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  4. 2016 September 11 9:16 pm
    bc3b permalink

  5. 2016 September 11 9:22 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Read the comments below the article. — — Seems to be a lot of ‘conversions’ going on.

  6. 2016 September 12 5:54 am
    JBoz permalink

    BJGers – I lost my dear dad on Thursday. I’ve posted about him here in the past a few times on Veterans Day. I didn’t post about him yesterday because it was 9/11 and time to remember those who died in NY, Shanksville and the Pentagon. Because of his service to our country and his unwavering patriotism, and because there are so many BJG veterans, I thought it fitting to post a quick tribute here. I hope you don’t mind.

    Dad was drafted into WWII as a flight engineer on the B17, Flying Fortress, in the Army Air Corps. At the conclusion of the war, he returned to college and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1950. He was subsequently recalled to active duty for the Korean War receiving a direct commission and continuing to serve throughout the Vietnam War. He served in numerous Finance Corps positions throughout the United States including the Department of the Army at the Pentagon, as well as Germany, Korea, Okinawa, and Vietnam. He proudly served with distinction for 30 years earning two Bronze Stars for Meritorious Achievement in Combat. Additional accommodations include the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, two Legions of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals and two Air Medals. He retired from service in 1975 as a full-bird Colonel. After that, he had a very successful second career, initially accepting a mid-level management job (to relax) with the State of Indiana, and within a few years escalated to the highest, non-politically appointed grade level, and managing hundreds of people.

    He was a remarkable man who knew God, loved his country, and cherished his wife of 66 years and his family. His final week on this earth was every bit as remarkable as his entire life. A week ago Saturday, just 5 days before he died, he participated in an Honor Flight from Indianapolis to Washington DC, and spent the entire day touring the memorials and reliving his glory days with 40 other WWII veterans. Part of the Honor Flights program involves the organizers asking friends and family to write notes to their veteran thanking them for their service. They try to get 40 notes for each vet. Dad received well over 100, and spent Sunday, Monday and Tuesday reading each one. On Wednesday AM, he was complaining of some chest pain, so he was admitted to the hospital for tests. A heart cath revealed almost total blockage in all arteries, and when they attempted angioplasty to open one, he coded and gently passed away. That he was able to function at all, let alone do the Honor Flight that lasted from 4 AM until after 11 PM was a miracle, and I believe called both his incredible strength and the direct hand of God into play.

    He died after living 92 very happy and successful years. Other than hearing loss and some energy depletion, he was the same guy I knew throughout my life. He was strong, lucid, clear, and fully in control of all his faculties. Though in retrospect, he was shutting down and clearly in his final days, we all thought that this trip to the hospital would be like all the other ones, and that after a routine procedure he would be home in a few days. Mom is heartbroken, as am I, and as my brother and sisters and all his grandchildren are. We are dealing with it as best we can. But we all feel privileged to have known this great man, and I know I am truly blessed to have been his son.

  7. 2016 September 12 6:11 am
    justrand permalink

    JBoz, I am so truly sorry for your loss…and for America’s loss. What a splendid man, a true patriot, and quite obviously a fine father. God bless you and your family…and may your father rest in well deserved peace.

  8. 2016 September 12 6:20 am


    Dylan Thomas

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

  9. 2016 September 12 7:04 am
    justrand permalink

    People ragazine puts this out:

    But fails to ask why Hillary then tried to infect a small child?

  10. 2016 September 12 7:20 am
    JBoz permalink

    Much slimmer when she walked out and hugged the small child. Only two possibilities:

    A. An imposter
    B. She took an epic dump in Chelsea’s bathroom.

  11. 2016 September 12 10:01 am
    TLS permalink

    #6 Thank you for sharing that story. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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