Total War

LouPaulsen LouPaulsen at
Mon Feb 24 22:26:28 MST 2003,7792,901982,00.html

The concept of total war, which is also espoused by Mr Ledeen, was
elaborated upon in the same publication [National Review] by Adam Mersereau,
a former Marine Corps officer.

He contrasted total war with "limited" war, in which military force is used
to achieve a particular foreign policy objective "without mobilising the
entire nation, and while minimising casualties".

"By total war," he wrote, "I mean the kind of warfare that not only destroys
the enemy's military forces, but also brings the enemy society to an
extremely personal point of decision, so that they are willing to accept a
reversal of the cultural trends that spawned the war in the first place.

"A total war strategy does not have to include the intentional targeting of
civilians, but the sparing of civilian lives cannot be its first priority
... The purpose of total war is to permanently force your will onto another
people group.

"Limited war pits combatants against combatants, while total war pits nation
against nation, and even culture against culture."

This sort of thing may strike the average non-American as power-crazed and
mad (and, before the emails start flooding in from the US, I should add that
many Americans find it abhorrent, too). However, the real point is not
whether such ideas are mad, it is the amount of influence that they have on

Many of the total war and creative destruction crowd get their ideas across
to the public through an agency called Benador Associates, which arranges
their TV appearances and speaking engagements, and helps to place their
articles in newspapers.


Readers who like to keep an eye on such things should watch out for media
appearances by any of the following Benador "experts": AM Rosenthal,
Alexander M Haig Jr, Amir Taheri, Arnaud de Borchgrave, Azar Nafisi, Barry
Rubin, Charles Jacobs, Charles Krauthammer, Fereydoun Hoveyda, Frank J
Gaffney Jr, George Jonas, Hillel Fradkin, Ismail Cem, John Eibner, Kanan
Makiya, Khalid Duran, Khidhir Hamza, Laurie Mylroie, Mansoor Ijaz, Martin
Kramer, Max Boot, Meyrav Wurmser, Michael A Ledeen, Michael Rubin, Michel
Gurfinkiel, Paul Marshall, R James Woolsey, Richard O Spertzel, Richard
Perle, Richard Pipes, Ruth Wedgwood, Shaykh Kabbani, Stanley H Kaplan,
Tashbih Sayyed, Tom Rose and Walid Phares.


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