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The illiteracy behind Pakistan and “FIFTH” (actually 4th) Generation Warfare by CrystalHeart, BlahBlah.info
Every now and then I receive a forward highlighting the “threat of 5th Generation Warfare against Pakistan and it’s military” – sadly, often retired men in uniform also forward such articles. But why sadly?
Because people are not even clear on the GENERATION’S of warfare!
The first step to wiping illiteracy is… duh! knowledge! So please spare a few minutes and learn the “generations of warfare” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generations_of_warfare It details that organized armies to protect the nation state with basic arms was the first generation advancing to sophisticated weaponry till the third generation and psychological warfare in the 4th Generation. The Fifth Generation of Warfare is characterized by terrorism and a will to fight knowing that the fighter will lose and hence a level of motivation akin to terrorists as described in https://www.wired.com/2009/01/how-to-win-a-fi/
Therefore if you see another forward of FIFTH generation warfare against Pakistan or it’s military please do educate the sender of their (obvious) illiteracy.
Fourth Generation Warfare is defined as (from wiki): Fourth generation warfare is defined as conflicts which involve the following elements:
1 Are complex and long term
2 Terrorism (tactic)
3 A non-national or transnational base – highly decentralized
4 A direct attack on the enemy’s core ideals
5 Highly sophisticated psychological warfare, especially through media manipulation and lawfare
6 All available pressures are used – political, economic, social and military
7 Occurs in low intensity conflict, involving actors from all networks
8 Non-combatants are tactical dilemmas
9 Lack of hierarchy
10 Small in size, spread out network of communication and financial support
11 Use of insurgency and guerrilla tactics
Numbers 4-6 sums it up rather clearly, 4th generation warfare, in simplest terms, is an attack on your ideals and values, whatever you believe in is subtly challenged through the media using “state and non state actors” – state could be people within the government itself, “paid moles” and non state can include NGOs, movements like MQM, BLA and PTM among others.
But what is the AIM of 4th Generation Warfare in Pakistan, and who is it against?
Attack the ideals of the Pakistani people
Pakistani people have had few ideals, first and foremost has been a love affair with the million strong, mostly Colonial organized systems Army which has evolved since 1947 into a sophisticated force that has think tanks, foresight, weaponry, global politico – military alliances and a subtle influence in the region. Above all, the army, as might be accepted by it’s enemies within Pakistan, is the only well organized and functioning body amongst a plethora of corruption ridden, inefficient and ineffective government institutions. The army stands out and stands apart and one proof is how it is relied upon by the oil rich MidEast to help them in their time of need, even the Americans relied upon Pakistan army back in the 70s/80s against Russia and post 9/11 in the War against Terror. So despite all allegations of corruption and abuse of power against Pakistan army by “state and non state actors” there is ample evidence that it is valued locally and globally due its’ pure professional competence and strategic approach.
The first attack is on destroying the bond between the people of Pakistan and their beloved army. For that Altaf was bought over by RAW, ultimately an attempt failed. Then BLA was beefed up, mostly failed, as of recent, PTM, not much of traction again in the masses. Yet the enemy persists because, duh! it IS 4th Gen Warfare! It’s not a game of Pac Man (for those of you from that era :))
Now the second aim of 4th Gen Warfare is to disillusion the people. Imran Khan was a ray of hope for the people. Even though I have criticized him openly but to be fair and honest, he was and is not a bad man. One can question his competence or choice of people but not his intent. Yet less than 10 months in power and the critics tongues a wagging at him for the crimes of his predecessors that he dethroned (though not completely) – both Nawaz and Asif Zardari of PMLN and PPP! The men is not getting a fair chance from the media and EVEN the people themselves (truth be told!)
Third aim of 4th Gen Warfare is to destroy Pakistan economically. Back in the late 70s we hardly had any “debt” – a progressive and growing nation where alcohol and night clubs were en vogue we were thrown 100 years back with a force of mercenary Taliban JUST to ward off Russia in the interest of our once upon a time BFF! Lo and behold, the monster then created turned into Uncle Frankenstein and (we are told!) unleashed 9/11! So the barrels and muzzles turned on the “creation of 20 years ago” and the same Pakistan Army who supported via Taliban to scare off the Russians was now asked to decimate the Taliban!
As General Tariq Khan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tariq_Khan_(general) will tell you if you ever meet or listen to him, stories of how he drove off Taliban and later Gen Raheel Sharif and Gen Qamar Bajwa followed the same path and for the most part successfully “deterrorized” Pakistan – yet, and YET! Pakistan Army is expected by proponents of 4th Gen Warfare to “do more” 🙂 Ironical, or in bad taste, I’d let you, the reader, decide! In fact, it’s just warfare as usual! SADLY so because Pakistan Army, and trust me, I know it VERY WELL, is perhaps MORE SECULAR than American or Israeli or Indian Army. Pakistan Army is NOT promoting Islam, it is promoting egalitarianism and good relations, peace and an end to conflicts as is obvious from its overt and covert actions.
MQM is over, BLA and PTM are embers of a fading mischievous fire, for Pakistan Army wasn’t created with Islamic ideals, it was created by and with WESTERN ideals of a progressive, egalitarian and refined team of gentlemen (and some ladies!) who are now, as they say, teaching their teachers a good lesson!The Achilles heel, for there is always one, is the economy, the writer has written extensively on reforms thereof at WomenAreVotes.com and is inspired by the simplicity of early Islamic and modern Western rulers – they share a lot in common in how they did (or do) establish(ed) a welfare state. The West is way ahead of the world in taking care of it’s citizens today, so were the early Muslim rulers. Within these ideals of simple and low cost egalitarian governance lies salvation for Pakistan
I TRULY HOPE the enemies of Pakistan Army would realize that this is not a force worth making an enemy of, it’s a force that aims to unite, then divide, the world in peace and tolerance. #UnityFaithDiscipline