04 Outubro 2008

Como tenho tido tempo ando a ler, para além de outras coisas, o manual "Warfighting" do U.SS. MARINE CORPS.

É um texto que todos os militares e gestores deveriam ler, analisar, interpretar e aprender, com ele.

Deixo-vos aqui uma breve passagem sobre a definição de guerra/conflito para meditação:

"The essence of war is a violent struggle between two hostile independent, and irreconcilable wills, each trying to impose it-self on the other. War is fundamentally an interactive social process. Clausewitz called it a Zweikampf (literally a “two struggle”) and suggested the image of a pair of wrestlers locked in a hold, each exerting force and counterforce to try to throw
the other.4 War is thus a process of continuous mutual adaptation, of give and take, move and countermove. It is critical to keep in mind that the enemy is not an inanimate object to
be acted upon but an independent and animate force with its own objectives and plans.
While we try to impose our will on the enemy, he resists us and seeks to impose his own will on
us. Appreciating this dynamic interplay between opposing human wills is essential to understanding the fundamental nature of war. The object in war is to impose our will on our enemy. The means to this end is the organized application or threat of violence by military force. The target of that violence may be limited to hostile combatant forces, or it may extend to the enemy population at large. War may range from intense clashes between large military forces—sometimes backed by an official declaration of war to subtler, unconventional hostilities that barely reach the threshold of violence."
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Irei deixando algumas passagens para vos aguçar o 'apetite', mas com comentários em alguns aspectos.

publicado por RPF às 07:54

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