25 January 2015
How to fight the Crime Insurgency in South Africa - Part Four – Fighting back
“Analogically, the guerrilla fights the war of the flea, and his military enemy suffers the dog's disadvantages. Too much to defend, too small, ubiquitous, and agile an enemy to come to grips with. If the war continues long enough--this is the theory--the dog succumbs to exhaustion and anemia without ever having found anything on which to close its jaws or to rake with its claws.”
Robert Taber, “War of the Flea; The classic study of guerrilla warfare” pg. 27
By Mike Smith
24rd of January 2015
In order to understand how to counter an insurgency, we need to first understand something about the principles of fighting.
Fight science - How to fight so you never have to fight again
Contrary to common belief there is not much difference between fighting the school bully, a gang in the street and fighting an insurgency in the bush or urban environment. The principles of fighting are universal and common in all types of conflict. Even in politics.
It is not just about who has the biggest and best weapon. Weapons are tools, levers, multipliers, but they are by far not the only factors in a fight. Weapons are mere extension of the body, a sword, a gun, even the button you press to launch the missile are mere extensions of what you decided in your brain. Therefore the best weapon in any fight is the brain. The body only does what the brain tells it to do.
Fighting is a science or rather a combination of multidisciplinary scientific principals with elements from Physics (leverage, friction), Biology (fitness, endurance), Psychology (conditioning, morale, killer instinct), to Geography (location, weather conditions, etc) and many more.
Fighting is NOT a sport; it is dirty. Fighting is about survival. Therefore there are NO rules. There are no tap outs. All is fair in love and war. We are not interested in a clean fight. In fact we fight extremely dirty or what others might perceive as such. We don’t wait until we get attacked, we take the initiative. The most skilled, most aggressive and most dirty fighter normally wins.
Throwing the first punch is not necessarily the same as landing the first punch.
In fighting (conflict) the person who has the initiative usually wins. The one who lands the first punch has the advantage and as long as he can keep the initiative he will win. The principle of initiative is universal and can be seen from the animal world to two nuclear powers firing missiles at each other.
Defence is necessary and vital, but you do not win a fight with defence alone. It is only when you get the initiative and go on the offensive that you will win the fight.
Other Principles of fighting
One can write books to comprehensively go into the principles of fighting. I shall not cover them all in this article. A brief mention is enough to illustrate a point. Here are some in no particular order of importance...All are vital to success.
1. Deception. He cannot fight what isn’t there.
2. Surprise. It can nullify any size or type of weapon. Strike when and where he least expects it.
3. Speed. Remember the insurgent wants to prolong the fight.
4. Range. Proficiency in all ranges is desired. Free moving, clinch and ground fighting.
5. Terrain. Fight where you have the advantage. If he cannot swim, fight him in the water. If he is a good kicker, fight him in a telephone booth.
6. Intelligence. Know everything about your opponent. His strengths and weaknesses, his weapons and movements, his routines. Everything.
7. Effect. Always strive for maximum effect.
The insurgent wants to prolong the fight. A long fight favours your opponent. He learns your skills and strengths and uses them against you. The longer he lasts, the more confident he becomes and the more demoralised you become in sustaining the fighting. The longer you beat up on the small guy the more criticism you are going to draw and the more support he is going to get. If he cannot beat you, he wants others to stop you from fighting him. Speed also ensures less injury over a certain period of time and less costs.
Sure there are “nice” ways to end a fight. A skilled Ju Jitsu fighter will put someone in a bloodless arm lock or choke and wait till the person taps out or passes out. A clean punch to the tip of the jaw will switch the lights off for the opponent. It might work in a sparring match or sporting competition where there is “fair play”. However, in a battle of survival against a gang of thugs, second place means death. Therefore we are not interested in “Fair Play”. There is no place for “nice”. So you look for maximum effect. “Ground and Pound” has a brilliantly shocking effect on others. It shocks them into passivity.
He must lose his will to fight...and so the others
For instance...You take a chair (superior leverage) and knock him to the ground. You kick all his teeth in...and then some. You play football with his head, you do not stop until you are sure he is not going to get up again.
Do not mistake this with psychopathic behaviour. A psychopath is unable to switch his killer instinct off. All people have killer instinct. It just comes out at different levels. For one person it might be enough to trigger his killer instinct by cutting him off on the road. For a mother, her killer instinct will come out when you threaten her child. A good warrior can switch it on and off at will. To fight like this is not natural. You have to train and condition yourself in order to be able to fight like this.
The warrior is not a psychopath. He is a highly trained and confident individual with the gift of being able to stop a violent psychopath without fear. The warrior when faced with a violent situation, experiences no fear, just a mild sense of excitement (Known as Stage Yellow). When others run away from the fight he goes forward. He has the remarkable ability to switch on his killer instinct at will and switch it off when the job is done. Such a warrior is the Nemesis of the insurgent.
The principle of effect cannot be stretched enough.
I was once attacked by an entire coloured Rugby team in a disco. I survived due to the principle of effect. I made such an example of two of them that the others stood back in shock and awe. I applied the same principle a few months ago when I was attacked by two skinheads in a German pub. Five seconds was all it took. They were searching for their teeth on the floor; Both ended up in hospital. All the others stood back. It was just killer instinct switched on at will within a split second combined with 30 years of Martial Arts training coming out in five seconds. It was not nice, but I had no scratch on me. I did not start the fight, but I ended it.
The “Mini War”, the “Little War” and “The Big War”
To explain proper Counter Insurgency we can look at the three wars above, each as a microcosm of the next.
The “Mini War”
It is simple really. You just have to beat up and make an example of the schoolyard bully once, and you will probably never have to fight again. When attacked by a majority in the street, you have to quickly sum up the situation, pick out the biggest and loudest and make an example out of him. You have to be so brutal that the others will be in “Shock and Awe” and will stand back or run away. They will never bother you again. The “Mini war” is a microcosm of the “Little War”.
“The Little War” - The current situation in South Africa
The word “Guerrilla” is Spanish for “Little War”.
This is exactly what is happening with so-called “crime” in South Africa. Home invasions and farm attacks where people are brutally tortured, raped and killed are attacks by gangs or cells of insurgents carrying out “The War of the Flea”.
These whites feel powerless. There is no real “Big War”, no real enemy they can see or defend themselves against. They swallow the lies of the very insurgents masquerading as a legitimate government that it is just “ordinary crime”.
Unless they realize the type of war being waged against them and study the tactics of the insurgents, they will succumb and die just like the dog in Robert Taber’s theory.
How to counter the “Little War”
High walls, security gates, razor wire, electric fences, cameras, etc…these are all “Defensive measures”. Even armed response is reactionary and defensive. Defensive measures are limited, vulnerable and unreliable. When Eskom’s power is off, half of your defence measures do not work. Even just being armed and sitting, waiting is defensive. Neighbourhood watching is defensive.
None of these will stop the insurgency.
In order to stop the insurgency you have to take the initiative and you have to go on the offensive.
You have to set up neighbourhood patrols at night. Don’t worry about during the day for now. When you have made a few examples, the fleas will stay away.
Two guys together patrolling for two hours at a time, waking the next two up and so on. When you catch the bastards or anyone just walking there that does not belong there, you wake EVERYONE up and you make an example out of the bastards. Swiftly and brutally. Shock and awe. Maximum effect.
Trust me it works. In my previous neighbourhood, we did it after a spate of break-ins and one couple was brutally attacked in their home. We even invited the police to our meeting. They told us what was legal and what not. We were not interested in legal. We basically told them that we need to clean house and they better stay out of our way.
Two weeks and four brutal examples was all it took. After that crime became so nonexistent that we could stop the patrols. I stayed there for another ten years and we NEVER had any more break-ins ever again. I never had an alarm system, no wall even. My lawn was open to the curb. Once the word got out on the street, the insurgents stayed away from our area. Word on the street was, “Those Boere are crazy!”…Insurgents are scared of “Crazy”.
How did the word get out? The PB’s…the maids and gardeners told the others in the townships what was going on in our area. We had another meeting and got rid of the PB’s…then we had peace.
Forget about PB’s and WHAM
In the urban Guerrilla War that we are dealing with, the maids and gardeners are the equivalents of the PB’s we had on the Namibian border. (PB = Plaaslike Bevolking; Local Population).
You cannot trust them. They are the eyes and ears of the insurgents. Even when you think your maid will never betray you (which could be true) she might do it unwittingly. Maids and gardeners like to brag about their bosses. She might just innocently be in a shebeen and tell someone about what you have in your house and an insurgent will overhear it. They might later even threaten her and coerce her into giving them more information. The same with the gardener. Believe me, PB’s will cause your death, directly or indirectly. They are not your friends. Forget about being good to them. Forget about winning their hearts and minds. Have nothing to do with them. Get them out of your neighbourhood. You will notice that once you have cleansed your area, you will have peace.
The “Big War”
The “Little War” is a microcosm of the “Big War”.
What is your country other than an extension of your neighbourhood?
The “Big War” will either come suddenly or a gradual escalation of the “Little War” into a full blown "Big War". Currently we are seeing both.
Just remember that nobody declares war anymore. It is not a Rugby match. Nobody will blow the whistle for the game to start. We will find ourselves in the middle of a war without even knowing it is a war.
The first indication is that the ANC’s supporters are getting more and more frustrated. The ANC cannot deliver on all their false promises. They cannot give their supporters houses, jobs, wealth, a chicken in every pot, whatever…When the insurgents finally lose their patience, the ANC will do exactly what Robert Mugabe did and tell them, “Well, we gave you AK-47’s. You know where the houses and the wealth are. Those white bastards who oppressed you during Apartheid”...That will be the trigger.
The second indications are the sudden increase in anti-white hate-speech from the ANC and the sudden increase in farm murders. Farm Murders on the rise - Afriforum
Be that as it may, the “Big War” is coming. Of that I have no doubt. All the signs of an escalating conflict to a crescendo are there. It won’t be declared…wisdom will be to spot it when it is here. We MUST be prepared for it.
We must ensure that although we do not THROW the first punch, that we LAND the first punch. We need to have the initiative. After that, the principles of war will take over. Maximum speed. Maximum effect. It must be quick and utterly brutal. We must make such an example out of the insurgents that the rest of them will be running for our northern borders and the international community will be standing back in shock. Then they mustn’t ask “Why?”…
When we eventually take matters in our own hands, they must just stay out of our way. We don’t need the international police. We’ll be cleaning house and it is not going to be pretty. There will be no WHAM. There will be no Geneva Convention…Just streets lined with dead bodies of Marxist insurgents all the way to Beitbridge. They will be given the opportunity to leave on their own or be driven out.
Two Case Studies of successful Counter Insurgencies
Whenever you look at the history of Insurgencies and Counter Insurgencies you see that the Counter insurgencies that were successful were the ones where the Military went all out. 100%. No negotiations, no WHAM just initiative, speed and maximum brutal effect.
The Hama Massacre (1982)
In Syria in 1982, President Hafez al-Assad faced a murderous insurgency of the Muslim Brotherhood and almost had his country overrun by them. As far as they went, the insurgents were looting raping and pillaging. At 2 am on 3 February in the city of Hama, the insurgents started murdering Ba’ath party members and their families. They killed 70 party members their wives were raped and killed and the children stabbed or clubbed to death.
Hafez al-Assad sent his brother General Rifaat al-Assad in to stop the insurgency.
Rifaat laid siege to the city with 12,000 soldiers blocking off all roads in and out of town. He issued an amnesty to all who were willing to surrender and said that afterwards, ANYONE remaining in the city would be considered an insurgent and wiped out. He also issued rewards for the heads of the Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders. The fighting in Hama lasted for three weeks – the first week in regaining control of the town, and the last two in hunting down the insurgents and killing them on the spot. The entire old city centre was destroyed.
After the initial attacks, military and internal security personnel were dispatched to comb through the rubble for surviving members of the Muslim Brotherhood and their sympathizers. Torture and mass executions of suspected rebel sympathizers ensued, killing many thousands over several weeks. Rifaat, suspecting that rebels were still hiding in tunnels under the old city, had diesel fuel pumped into them and set ablaze and stationed T-72 tanks at the tunnel entrances to shell people trying to escape from the tunnels. About 40,000 were killed. The Syrian army lost 1,000 soldiers.
The insurgents were fleeing for their lives and turned on each other, split up, one side blaming the other for their defeat and fled the country for Iraq, Jordan, The USA or Europe. It would be more than 30 years before Syria had another insurgency.
The Herero uprising (1904)
Just after the Anglo Boer War during 1903, the German colony that later became Namibia, Deutsch Südwestafrika, experienced a severe drought. Water and grazing for the cattle became scarce. The Herero people who did not practice scientific farming, quickly ran out of grazing and let their cattle graze on the lands of the white farmers. The German farmers would then chase the cattle off their land.
In early 1904, the Herero started a brutal uprising and insurgency against the German farmers. The Herero fighters were very well armed. They had modern firearms that they received from a Swedish Adventurer Karl Johan Anderson and even had two field artillery pieces.
The Herero’s simultaneously attacked farms, trade depots and train stations. The farms were burned down and mostly the men brutally killed. Although the Herero insurgents had firearms, the preferred to club their victims to death with knobkerries, splattering their brains all over and then butchering their organs out and cutting off their sexual parts. Women and children were mostly allowed to flee, but in several cases women and children were also killed and babies nailed to kitchen tables. Even the Cape Times of the day, that was not sympathetic towards the Germans, reported on the horrific killings. By the 12th of January 1904 the Herero insurgents have killed 140 German and 7 Boer farmers.
The German garrisons under Lt.Gen.Lothar von Trotha went on the offensive and drove the Hereros back to the Waterberg region. He apparently issued a proclamation (no original exists only one copy) to the Herero:
“I, the great general of the German soldiers, send this letter to the Hereros. The Hereros are German subjects no longer. They have killed, stolen, cut off the ears and other parts of the body of wounded soldiers, and now are too cowardly to want to fight any longer. I announce to the people that whoever hands me one of the chiefs shall receive 1,000 marks, and 5,000 marks for Samuel Maherero. The Herero nation must now leave the country. If it refuses, I shall compel it to do so with the 'long tube' (cannon). Any Herero found inside the German frontier, with or without a gun or cattle, will be executed. I shall spare neither women nor children. I shall give the order to drive them away and fire on them. Such are my words to the Herero people."
He also wrote to Governor Theodor Leutwein:
"My intimate knowledge of many central African tribes (Bantu and others) has everywhere convinced me of the necessity that the Negro does not respect treaties but only brute force.”
On the 11th and 12th of August 1904 the Hereros were decisively defeated at the Battle of Waterberg. After the battle all men, women, and children who fell into German hands, wounded or otherwise, were mercilessly put to death. Then the Germans set off in pursuit of the rest, and all those found by the wayside and in the sandveld were shot down and bayoneted to death. The rest of the Hereros were chased off into the Omaheke desert. Von Trotha also sent troops ahead to man waterholes and whenever Hereros would arrive for water the soldiers would beat them away and drive them further into the desert. Other Hereros were rounded up and put in Concentration camps. According to the Whitaker Report, the population of 80,000 Herero was reduced to 15,000 "starving refugees" between 1904 and 1907.
The Herero NEVER started another insurgency against the Germans ever again.