I was looking at some war theory, that traced the ways warfare has been waged over the major wars of the past, and in looking at the stage that it was theorized is being formed, if not being used now, I realized something.
Lots of us think that the battleground is ideology, but it’s not. That is not where the battle is fought today. Right now the battle is fought on the ground of truth.
If you look at the ideologies, no matter which side, especially in politics, you won’t find a love of truth, instead you see a loyalty to the platform of that side. It can be regardless of truth and truth will be tweaked to support the unbroken front of the platform.
But truth is what is needed. And emotional peddlers of mythos who appeal to sentimental attachment, that enshrine ideals void of reality, are not the friends of truth.
The battle now is to cut away the confusion, to clarify the stakes, and to hook on to solid truth. To that end the dialogues and the debates are fundamentally important, as are all the conduits of true information.
Although it was presented as new warfare…. I have my doubts about how new, the newness being more in the way of emphasis and purposeful implementation.
After all, a long time ago, there was a man that -faced with truth- said “What is truth?” The idea that, nothing’s happening here, there is nothing to view or think about….. It is the height of evasive tactics. Which truth will survive eventually, but the question for us, is will we stand fast with it? Will we refuse to let go of the truth, and to keep seeking to refine our understanding of it? Will we be brave in the face of the crowd, even our own crowd to desire …. simply… the Truth?
On 5th Generation War :
If traditional war centered on an enemy’s physical strength, and 4GW on his moral strength, the 5th Generation of War would focus on his intellectual strength. A 5th Generation War might be fought with one side not knowing who it is fighting. Or even, a brilliantly executed 5GW might involve one side being completely ignorant that there ever was a war. It’s like the old question of what was the perfect robbery: we will never know, because in a perfect robbery the bank would not know that it was robbed.
So the question isn’t whether you are conservative or liberal, whether Republican or Libertarian, or even whether you are American or European. The question is are you willing to find the truth and uphold that?
And if you don’t? It will catch you up, that’s what. Your sin will find you out.