Some stray 5GW thought

I know I said I wasn’t going to do any 5GW blogging for awhile, but some thoughts came whispering from within, and  I want to write them down.

5GW will be (can be) War disguised as Politics.

5GW will be (can be) War disguised as Social Work (Social Development).

5GW will be (can be) War disguised as Entrepreneurship.

What might be a major difference between politics and 5GW-War-disguised as politics? The intent and the true goal.

Opposite thought: Did I just water down 5GW into a tangent of non-usefulness?

Update: I attempted to define war/conflict here:

Making War in the 21st century:

The non-trivial action(s) of a global actor(s) to purposefully attempt to coerce another global actor(s) to take some action(s), cease some action(s), or maintain a state of inactivity that the second actor(s) would not otherwise do or not otherwise consider beneficial to itself.

Here is a shorter version of Making War:

War is the attempted non-trivial coercion of one global actor(s) by another global actor(s).

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8 Responses

  1. Also, in war you kill people.

  2. However…

    1) “All warfare is based on deception.”

    2) “supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. ”

    – Sun-Tzu in the “Art of War”

    http://classics.mit.edu/Tzu/artwar.html

    I guess this is the War vs Conflict thing. I think of them as the same. We use the term war more when kinetics ramp up (or are more directly obvious).

  3. I still like Rupert Smith’s conflict and confrontation dichotomy from Utility of Force because it bypasses the whole ‘is it war?’ debate.

  4. Arherring…refresh me on Smith’s idea.

  5. Here is my prev attempt to define war/conflict:

    http://purpleslog.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/defining-warandshould-i-bother-to-make-a-distinction-between-war-and-conflict/

    –>

    Making War in the 21st century:

    “The non-trivial action(s) of a global actor(s) to purposefully attempt to coerce another global actor(s) to take some action(s), cease some action(s), or maintain a state of inactivity that the second actor(s) would not otherwise do or not otherwise consider beneficial to itself. ”

    Here is a shorter version of Making War:

    “War is the attempted non-trivial coercion of one global actor(s) by another global actor(s).”

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  6. Basically, Smith argues that ‘war’ no longer exists, because the old paradigm of peace-crisis-war-resolution-peace no longer applies, but rather that we live in a continuous state of ‘confrontation’ over resources/ideology/whatever that occasionally crosses into ‘conflict.’

    The book is certainly worth the read.

  7. I am sure I read it, but I am blanking big time. I will
    put it back on my anti-library pile.

    “we live in a continuous state of ‘confrontation’ ” that sounds about right to me. The level of kinetics it would seem could vary though.

  8. Basically, Smith argues that ‘war’ no longer exists, because the old paradigm of peace-crisis-war-resolution-peace no longer applies, but rather that we live in a continuous state of ‘confrontation’ over resources/ideology/whatever that occasionally crosses into ‘conflict.’

    I believe that is only true because of how American power stabilizes risks and reward scenarios to where nobody wants to risk it all because often you’ll get hit back like Saddam was when he invaded Kuwaitt. America keeps a stasis on territorial boundaries and national boundaries, yet America also has no real control on these national boundaries because America is fragmented internally in how to use the power.

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