Friday, October 12, 2012

Dear Syrian Rebels Part 4

In 1937, as China faced an invasion by the Empire of Japan, Chinese Communist Mao Zedong wrote his essay On Guerrilla Warfare.  

We further our mission of destroying the enemy by propagandizing his troops, by treating his captured soldiers with consideration, and by caring for those of his wounded who fall into our hands.  If we fail in these respects, we strengthen the solidarity of our enemy.  

Mao Tse-Tung [Zedong], On Guerrilla Warfare, trans. Samuel B. Griffith (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2000 [1961]), page 93.  Mao ruled China from 1949 to his death in 1976.  Although his policies as a ruler destroyed millions of lives, Mao's doctrine of guerrilla warfare influenced modern counterinsurgency doctrine.  
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