Friday, September 29, 2006

Shock & Awe Revisited

"While it may have appeared to American T.V. viewers that 'Shock and Awe' was merely a catchy media label for the U.S. bombing campaign in Iraq, its actual origins, and a whole theory of warfare, are found in a 1996 advisory report published by the National Defense University. Authored by Harlan Ullman of the National War College, it argues that the aim of modern warfare is not merely to achieve military victory but also, by means of sheer intimidation, to inflict a deep psychological injury, to scare and terrorize potential rivals into submission. It is, in effect, the practical application of the Wolfowitz Doctrine of global domination through force. Describing 'Shock and Awe' as 'massively destructive strikes directly at the public will,' Ullman writes, '... intimidation and compliance are the outputs we seek to obtain ... The intent here is to impose a regime of Shock and Awe through delivery of instant, nearly incomprehensible levels of massive destruction directed at influencing society writ large ... through very selective, utterly brutal and ruthless, and rapid application of force to intimidate,' Ullman continues, '... The aim ... is to affect the will, perception, and understanding of the adversary ... Without senses, the adversary becomes impotent and entirely vulnerable.'"

That was copied from this website. When I first heard that the intent was to inflict deep psychological injury, many things came to mind. I thought of Stockholm Syndrome, the psychological reaction to an oppressor in which a person actually develops an attachment, even admiration for those that injure him or her. I also thought of trauma based psychological imprinting, a practice utilized by cults (and some claim intelligence agencies) to program people. In the throes of trauma, the mind is very impressionable. Most of all, however, I thought about just how warped these people must be, to read something like that in a defense report and say to themselves, "This sounds good. Let's go with it." In lieu of recent events, in which these people have made no bones about their true colors, in lieu of what some claim was a 9-11 inside job, do you really think they WOULDN'T try to tamper with electronic voting? It would be as if to say that a bank robber wouldn't dare snatch a purse.

Here are some more links on "Shock & Awe":

A film: Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear and the Selling of American Empire

A snip from this important film

An Acrobat Rendition of Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear and the Selling of American Empire

Military Theory and The Force Of Ideas

The "Revolution in Military Affairs"


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