Skip to comments.The "fall of Baghdad"
Posted on 06/12/2014 7:54:07 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
There's something I've been wondering about whenever I hear of rebels or insurgents or whatever, "taking over a city."
How do these people, "take over a city"? I'm trying to picture tanks or troops coming down I-45...and then what? What do they do to gain control of an entire city?
I live in a fairly big city and have been wondering about the sequence of events for something like this to happen.
If you step outside your home, they will cut your head off. They control movement, water, food, and general policing and “control” of the masses.
In America I think it would be a simple matter of going directly to the schools and seizing control of the kids.
basically it means they take over the city hall or other main government buildings
If your city was invaded by a group of well-armed individuals, you have some decisions to make...leave, fight or wait. Few if any will fight, leaving is perhaps to difficult. Wait and see might seem to be the most logical decision. Jews did not leave Warsaw though a few fought. Human nature and not too difficult to understand.
Gibbons wrote, paraphrasing, that a well fortified city of 10,000 can withstand an assault by an army of 100,000. But once within, a well organized armed group of 10,000 can control a city of one million.
The Nazis took over the Warsaw ghetto, but it look months and the power of several divisions. The Jews in the ghetto had very few guns, but they used them.
In a city where resisters had guns and knew how to use them, it would be difficult to “take over” in any real sense, if the people truly were “resisters”.
This is the essence of Solzhenitsyn’s “How we burned in the camps ...”
They kill or drive out police and security forces, controlling gas stations and other points of need for citizens
There are many ways to take over a city. Look at Detroit.
Another facet of the mideast is the Civilized Western lifestyle vs the pig lifestyle.
In those areas, one can offer a choice to the locals who have occupied the region for millennia, would you like for us to rebuild your society, so you can live free, with liberty and justice, as has matured in western civilization,....OR,...do you prefer to live like a pig?
Many will prefer the pig option, if for no other reason than to NOT live like a civilized westerner.
Soldiers, including guerrillas, are mostly very young, trained to fight, and are much more physically fit than most non-combat folks realize. Real training for real combat soldiers (very small percentage of total military personnel) is very uncomfortable, necessarily humiliating, lengthy and not “as seen on TV” or on civilian commando ranges. But without such training, people won’t fight like soldiers. Regardless of previous plans or determination, they’ll only be afraid and generally compliant.
Very fearful of what’s ahead.
The citizenry is unarmed. Those paid to protect them are cowards. Those who want to dominate them are utterly ruthless. After that, it’s easy.
I know that you are a prepper in Phoenix right? Are you thinking of what you would do if Arizona was invaded? Yeah, me, too.
Even armed citizens will be this fearful?
from one neighborhood to another, taking on willing enlistees....
they could stop traffic coming into their hood...they could cut down cell phone towers....
it could happen....
I think of two scenarios...Paris which fell without a shot, and Stalingrad. I suppose it depends on the willingness to fight. Frankly, I’m too old and it hurts when I kneel so I guess I would have to fight.
“would you like for us to rebuild your society, so you can live free, with liberty and justice, as has matured in western civilization,....OR,...do you prefer to live like a pig?”
would you like for us to rebuild your society, so you can live free, with liberty and justice, as has matured in western civilization,....OR,...do you prefer to live on welfare?