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Is it only suicide terrorism that horrifies?

The Arab Revolt during the World War I is a prime example of military guerilla terrorism, with T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia) the primary practitioner and theorist of modern guerilla warfare:

The genius of Lawrence was to perceive the potential and turn it into reality. Among his key principles of modern guerrilla warfare were to strive above all to win hearts and minds, to establish an unassailable base and remain strategically dispersed. The key was to operate in small, local groups, in depth rather than in lines and strike only when the enemy could be taken by surprise, never engaging in sustained combat. His strategy also relied on remaining largely detached from the enemy - and having perfect intelligence about them.

Lawrence was not the first practitioner of guerrilla warfare, nor even of guerrilla warfare with modern weapons - he was preceded by Boer leaders Louis Botha, Koos de la Rey and Christiaan de Wet. But he was the first to transform the experience into a military theory. Take any of the guerrilla victories of the 20th century, including Ireland (1921), China (1949), Cuba (1959) and Rhodesia (1979). Or take today's guerrilla wars including the Taliban in Afghanistan, who drove out the Russians in 1989 and are now on the verge of driving out the Americans, or the wave of jihadist insurgency ranging from the Western Sahara to the Himalayas, signalling the defeat of the so-called "war on terror". Read the great guerrilla commanders of the last century -Mao, Giap, Che. All reiterate principles first set down by Lawrence immediately after the First World War.

So the Arab Muslims were at the forefront of this art of war.

T. E. Lawrence's vision for the Middle East: How does it look now?

so-called "terrorism" is a form that warfare assumes for the politically disenfranchised, whether we approve or disapprove of the political cause in question. For example, the current Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Shamir, wrote as "Michael" when he was a member of the command of the Lehi underground organization:
But first and foremost, terrorism is for us a part of the political battle being conducted under the present circumstances, and it has a great part to play: speaking in a clear voice to the whole world, as well as to our wretched brethren outside this land, it proclaims our war against the occupier. The real terrorist hides behind his stacks of papers and of laws he himself legislated. (Our terrorism) is not aimed at persons, but rather at representatives, and therefore it is effective. If, in addition, it shakes the Jewish population out of its complacency - so much the better. Thus, and only thus, will the battle for liberation commence (Shamir, 1987-1988, p. 23).
by das monde on Mon Jun 6th, 2016 at 02:20:06 AM EST
Yes, there is a continuity between the tribal-nationalist guerilla forces helped and organized by Lawrence of Arabia and the leftist and nationalist militant groups of the 1960s-1980s I mentioned in the diary; and the terrorism of the latter can count both guerilla methods and the methods of pre-Israel Zionist terrorists (not all of whom limited their actions to representatives of the British authorities, BTW).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Jun 6th, 2016 at 04:18:37 AM EST
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(not all of whom limited their actions to representatives of the British authorities, BTW).

Hardly! I have a friend and business owner in LA whose Syrian Orthodox family, comprised of Syrian, Turkish, Armenian and other ethnicities, owned an automobile assembly plant in Bethlehem in 1946. He and his brothers were raised learning Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew, Turkish and English just to be capable of doing business in the area. They were told by Zionist terrorists to just leave or they would all be killed. So they left. They made out much better than most 'Palestinians' - which label they reject. The family had assets outside of what became Israel and moved to Beirut. My friend moved to the USA, married a German citizen while on an engineering job in Europe, and founded a Consulting Electrical Engineering firm in LA. One of my all time favorite clients. The majority of non-Jewish residents of Palestine in 1946 did not fare nearly so well. And they WERE deliberately terrorized by Irgun and others so as to create Jewish 'Lebensraum' in Palestine.    

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere." (But it helps!)
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jun 6th, 2016 at 10:13:11 AM EST
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