Multidimensional Warfare & Hybrid Terrorist Organisation

Old Trunk by Antal Ligeti

A multidimensional warfare is a war where "Terrorists and their supporters have identified the weaknesses of democracy and learned to misuse democratic terms, slogans and apparatuses to gain power and legitimacy". This sort of conflict is perfect for a Hybrid Terrorist Organisation.

Hybrid Terrorism

But what is, after all, this entity that has been popping up in our articles? A Hybrid Terrorist Organisation is an entity that was created to legitimise terrorism (while calling into question the legitimacy of the conventional state's commitment to fight terror) and is divided in two branches (stemming from the same trunk): a military/paramilitary branch (engaging in terrorism) and a political branch (participating in legitimate and democratic processes). This type of organisation acquires the unconditional support of the people through gratuitous social services: religious and educational services, ideological indoctrination and welfare services (i.e. Da'wa [= the calling]).

Once the organisation has the weapons to fight; the political parties to engage in international political arenas and the support of its intended voters; it will need a more legitimate support to help reaching its goals: either a patron state, or a sponsor state and/or states that unwittingly abet the process through which they reach their strategic objectives.

Patron State 

A State whose territory is where the terrorist organisation is active; one that either willingly ignores the terror activity going on within its borders or let's it participate officially in the legitimate political arena (e.g. Lebanon as Hezbollah's Patron).

Sponsor State 

A State involved in the process as a source of funding and support; since a  terrorist organisation needs a lot of money to fund all its activities (e.g. Iran and Qatar funding Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades; Palestinian Liberal Front [PLF]; Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine [PFLP], etc etc).

State that unwittingly Abets Terror 

A Western State that does not realise (?) it is involved in the process (e.g. Europe and the European Union).

Multidimensional Warfare

A multidimensional war is fought in three battlefields: military; media; international courts and the court of public opinion (being the latter intimately related to the media battleground). Hamas and Fatah (two branches stemming from the same trunk: the PLO) are eximious in this kind of warfare: Hamas engages in terrorism (in Yesha, but also abroad - in Western countries) and buys the support of Palestinians (at home and abroad - in refugee camps) through free welfare services; Fatah subtly engages in terrorism (through its armed wing, in Yosh and abroad ) but assumes the principal role of a peaceful political entity that has access to the international political arena and institutions.

Fatah's main function is to literally fool the world into supporting the Palestinian cause (i.e. "There is no homeland for us except Palestine, and there is no land for us but Palestine. We shall not accept an alternative homeland, nor an alternative land" Mahmoud Abbas before the UNGA in September 2012; "Palestine is ours from the river to the sea and from the south to the north. There will be no concession on an inch of the land" Khaled Meshal to Gazans on the 8th of December 2012) - in order to achieve this objective, the media and social networks are widely used. Their web is superbly well woven and I have had the pleasure of observing the staff of the Palestinian Political Bureau in action, on social networks (they are most efficient near the uninformed).

PLO, in practice, is a Hybrid Terrorist Organisation. But, have they fooled the world or has world fooled them? That remains to be seen.


[N.B: this post was inspired by Dr Boaz Ganor's article "The Hybrid Terrorist Organisation & Incitement - The changing forms of incitement to terror and violence: the need for a new international response]

Comments

  1. Olá Max,

    Finally you explained what this hybrid terror org means (I was starting to wonder).
    Despite what most countries say, including the US and European nations, I always thought that the PLO remained a terrorist organisation although they have evolved in their tactics. Splitting the group in two was rather smart of them, we have to give them that.

    As for western countries abetting terror: I used to blame it on socialists only, but after the UN vote last November I am forced to blame the European right wing as well. In the words of a Portuguese right winger (before he left CDS) "Europe is like a whore: it spreads its legs and everybody gets in"...I know, it sounds coarse but it expresses well the European situation. And mind you, Manuel Monteiro said this in 1995, in a time when something could have been done. Now it just seems a little too late.

    Loved this article! Learned something new.

    Tchau

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    1. Olá Celeste :D!

      True, PLO has evolved in its tactics although it kept its terrorist branch. Perhaps when Palestine becomes a real state (with definite borders), their terror groups will be integrated in their armed forces (if they are allowed to have one).

      LOL LOL LOL because of that statement, Manuel Monteiro was thrashed in the '95 elections...oy *nodding*.
      But I would agree, though, that at that time something could've been done (especially after the terrorist experience in the US, in '93 if I am not wrong) but as always Europeans never move unless evil knocks on their door. They never learn the lesson on time.

      "Loved this article! Learned something new."

      I am glad you loved it, thanks *bowing*.

      Celeste, thank you ever so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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  2. Hello Max; :) Good heavens, you concisely and succinctly analysed a most complex fraud and laid it bare for all the world to see. It is this type of writing which needs to be disseminated widely. As stated the asymmetrical warfare is simultaneous and on multiple fronts. Their most potent weapon is the publics ignorance of the facts. They manipulate the publics empathy and emotions.

    I am thankful I researched this matter as they have no power to manipulate me, on the contrary, I am an implacable foe to their machinations. I have strong confidence they will ultimately fail, but in the meantime they waste lives and harm innocent people and waste resources that could be applied to the betterment of their peoples lives.

    As a Zionist I pushback against the trendy and popular Anti-Zionist propaganda with facts and refuse to be cowed. Makesme unpopular in some circles, but so what......"I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."

    Thank you Max, a superb Blog

    Kindest Regards

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    1. Hi Jeffrey :D!

      Thank you, I am glad you liked it *bowing*.
      True, this type of warfare is fought successfully because the public is ignorant of the facts. And what is worst, most of the times they choose to remain ignorant and repeat the lies they are fed with almost on a daily basis. Like you said, these organisations juggle with the public's empathy and emotions - mainly because they let them.

      "I am an implacable foe to their machinations."

      Hear, Hear!
      They will fail but until they do, they will continue to harm innocent people (including their own people). As for the resources: they use them to buy votes and weapons to kill those they buy votes from (what a paradox).

      "As a Zionist I pushback against the trendy and popular Anti-Zionist propaganda with facts and refuse to be cowed. Makesme unpopular in some circles, but so what...'"

      Preach it! Oh, being popular is so overrated...

      "I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."

      Beautiful!!

      "Thank you Max, a superb Blog"

      You are most welcome *bowing*.
      Jeffrey, thank you ever so much for your input and for your generosity :D

      Cheers

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  3. I wonder what will happen the day the funds stop coming and these groups aren't able to buy the hearts and minds of the voters anymore. Who will hear "the calling" then? What I am trying to say is that perhaps we should start fighting this hybrid guys through their funding channels. Just a thought.

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    1. Hi Anonymous :D!

      It is an excellent thought, if you ask me.
      Several authorities (and the US is more vocal about it) are starting to ferociously tackle the funding channels of terrorism. But there is always a loophole somewhere, it seems like.
      They will not win forever, that's for sure.

      Anonymous, thank you ever so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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  4. I totally agree with you: PLO is a hybrid terrorist organisation. They fooled the world into believing they relinquished their terror activities but have they? Both Hamas and Fatah engage in terrorist acts against innocent people and they both incite to hatred; the only difference between the two is that Hamas at least is more honest about it, right?
    Now that I think of it this post of yours is quite a blow: Abbas repeated, both times at the UN, that the PLO was the "sole representative of the Palestinian people" that sought peace and now...you exposed the representative of the Palestinians as a criminal (that is, the Palestinians are criminals). Bravo!

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    1. Hi Ana :D!

      You are right; the PLO has only changed tactics. Yes, Hamas is more open about its intent than Fatah - it is all part of the bad cop/good cop strategy.

      "Now that I think of it this post of yours is quite a blow: Abbas repeated, both times at the UN, that the PLO was the "sole representative of the Palestinian people" that sought peace and now...you exposed the representative of the Palestinians as a criminal (that is, the Palestinians are criminals). Bravo!"

      Well, President Abbas and his crew exposed themselves as such, not me...and certainly not this blog. Know what I mean?

      Ana, thank you ever so much for your input, girl :D.

      Cheers

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  5. Our neighbour is a terrorist country! Their Raison d'être is to see my country destroyed. We have a namby pamby government which hopes to bring about peace with them trusting their totally untrustworthy civilian establishment while their military and intelligence apparatus goes about merrily playing havoc in the region.

    The PLO and Hamas can learn a great deal from our worthy neighbours. Let me give you a sample of what they can do -http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/pakistani-troops-cross-loc-behead-indian-soldier_821680.html

    They of course deny the whole thing but I wonder if anyone anywhere in the world believes them!

    The root cause lies not in Israel or India Maxi. I would rather not write about my take on that in public.

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    1. Hi Rummy :D!

      The more I read about your neighbour, the more I agree with you: Pakistan is a terrorist nation. I have been following their recent attacks in Kashmir (they beheaded an Indian soldier and didn't even leave his head: they are criminals).
      The Indian government needs to stop being idealist and romantic about its surroundings.

      Oh, Rummy...I bet they do learn from your "worthy neighbour". Thank you for the link (it is always good to read about other perspectives on the issues).

      "They of course deny the whole thing but I wonder if anyone anywhere in the world believes them!"

      They should own what they plot and do - instead they act like cowards so that they avoid issues with their "donors". No one believes in them...but the question is: what will India do?

      I understand, my friend.

      Rummy, thank you ever so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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  6. I still believe PLO's doings are a result of the Israeli oppression and occupation! Still I admit this article is very written but it hasn't convinced me yet! Happy new year, Max!

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    1. Hi Celia :D!

      It is not our job to "convert" you to Zionism. We are simply sharing facts and our point of view on issues. You believe in whatever your mind allows you to believe *bowing*.
      Why, thank you, darling :D.

      Celia, thank you so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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  7. And the irony is these very non-state actors, which countries nurture and baby-feed for some narrow gains, and one day turns against their very creators and the soil with their fangs out, with Afghan and Pak the classic example states, with both now in almost a position of no-return because these hybrid-terrorists are confused folks, who just follow some short-term doctrines without any vision and once they attain their supreme levels just become mad bulls. And these days even the National Armies have started committing border patrol crimes which are beyond terrorist acts. Well the definition of terrorism is just broadening by the day!

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    1. Hi Kalyan :D!

      True. Countries nurture these non-state actors and then when they turn against them: they act surprised. It is happening again as we speak (but that is another article).

      I absolutely agree with you.

      "Well the definition of terrorism is just broadening by the day!"

      You know it.

      Kalyan, thank you ever so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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  8. Hello Max,

    I thought you were talking about Labor Unions for the first few sentences. Is Psalms 2 on your Hebrew reading list?

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    1. Hi Looney :D!

      LOL LOL LOL you kill me.

      About Psalms 2: not yet; why?

      Looney, thank you ever so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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    2. Well, Psalms 2 has to do with the scheming of the various SPECTRE type organizations that plot and scheme.

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    3. So very true, Looney. The first verse sums it all up:

      "Why are the nations in an uproar? And why do the peoples mutter in vain?"

      Cheers

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