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by Jack Murphy · 1 day ago
In recent years, we’ve witnessed the Arab Spring, the Syrian Civil War, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and an annexation of Crimea. Television news channels are nearly hysterical reporting about covert Russian influence campaigns in the United States. Think tanks and policy councils weigh in on these events and delivered a series of terms like “gray zone conflict” and “hybrid warfare” which ostensibly describe new developments in how conflicts are prosecuted by both state and non-state actors. But is this really a new form of warfare?
A 1984 documentary produced by the Department of Defense shows its age in many regards, featuring camo-clad soldiers acting out canned scenarios and shooting weapons from the hip, but the opening monologue will make you wonder how much has really changed. “There are many kinds of war,” it begins. “The total war which most Americans know as World War II is a almost pleasant memory…the issues were precise.”
1984 vs 2019