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|Subject: Re: Tiananmen Square Activist On 2nd Amendment||Date: 1/24/2013 11:19 AM|
|Author: AdvocatusDiaboli||Number: 668082 of 770769|
You're pretty schizo Advo. I remember back in the day when you were crying about creating more terrorists, now it seems you're saying insurgencies don't stand a chance.
If you're willing to kill EVERYONE, terrorism isn't that much of a concern. It seems like the Russians even finally got Chechnya under control, and they only had to kill 25% or so of the population.
The problem is that this is not an option for the US.
The thing is - if you face a government/tyrant who is willing to kill a substantial portion of the population and who has an effective military, an insurgency doesn't stand a chance (unless you have large-scale support from the outside with heavy modern weaponry, training, etc. and don't mind losing a substantial part of the population during the struggle as in Afghanistan). Still, Stalin would have "won" the war in Afghanistan because he would have just killed everyone, if necessary. It's just not possible to win a guerrilla war against a Stalin or a Saddam.
If the government/tyrant is NOT willing to massacre the population (such as is the case with the US military in Iraq), you don't NEED weapons, an unarmed uprising is going to be the most effective option.
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