Resistance In War

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The ARIS Primer on the Science of Resistance (CH 1) identifies the importance of redefining “resistance” due to the evolving nature of war’s evolution, tactics and outcomes.
• Civil wars have replaced interstate wars
• Irregular warfare has overcome traditional warfare methods o Irregular warfare: “violent struggle among non-state actors for legitimacy and influence over the relevant population” (ARIS, Pg. 14, Para. 3, Lines 3-5)
• Irregular warfare was a secondary concern for the military industrial complex

• Resistance is when people oppose government or authoritative control
• Begins in the human heart and manifests through protests, demonstrations, strikes clandestine organizations, underground newspapers, sabotage, subversion,
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Civil wars, in relation to resistance have outpaced state vs. state “traditional wars”. Meaning that internal conflict as defined by “civil war” has occurred more recently and often than previous examples of nations invading nations. This form of internal conflict, called Irregular Warfare, is propagated by resistance and treated as a secondary concern by traditional military industrial complex allowing it to spread in breadth and depth across the globe. This miscalculation has led to loss of life, money and strategic placement. Resistance is a formidable foe in the eyes of national and global stability, but also that stability - in the eyes of history - has been a foe of democracy and freedom. So where and when do we (America) define a resistance as legitimate or illegitimate? Is resistance solely based upon our governmental beliefs (Communism vs. Democracy) or solely upon the impact the resistance has on national interests? Or is it to a point, good vs. evil? If the latter is the case than how can we (America) remain a champion for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness while truly ignoring all cases of resistance that don’t impact our bottom line even when they are on the side of good? After all, ARIS identifies resistance as a condition of the human…show more content…
ARIS describes the human element of resistance which is a pivotal fact prior definitions would rather us to ignore. These non-violent or “Velvet” revolutions or resistance movements have been successful at achieving their objectives and should not be easily discarded. Something easily done with the previous view on resistance and conflict. Essentially, ARIS is drawing attention to the gradual transformation of a non-violent resistance into a violent resistance. Acceptance of this awareness in all forms should enable political and military leaders the necessary cues to intervene within a resistance at the optimal point in
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