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Sun Jul 14, 2019, 02:56 AM

The Iran Crisis Will Show Russia and China the West Still Has No Answer for 'Hybrid Warfare'

Dominic Nicholls, defence and security correspondent
13 JULY 2019 • 5:39PM

The current crisis with Iran has lessons that will resonate well beyond the shores of the Gulf.

Countries like Russia and China will see in it the attestation of their belief that the West currently has no answer to hybrid warfare, the blend of military and civilian actions for political effect.

Iranian naval forces are very weak militarily, comprised mostly of machine gun-toting raiding craft and a few frigates which, if they deployed in anything other than a peaceful way, would be destroyed by the Bahrain-based US Fifth Fleet.

So instead Iran is employing hybrid warfare, which renders largely irrelevant ‘hard’ military power and which shows up how inadequately prepared the West is to meet such challenges.

Hybrid warfare mixes conventional and unconventional military forces with disinformation, assassination, economics, manipulation of social media, use of religion, plus other state-sponsored activities that seek to undermine an enemy without engaging in ‘traditional’ war.

The current Gulf crisis is a test-case in how to counter Western hard power, a point not lost on Moscow or Beijing.

Proponents of hybrid war choose not to fight to Western strengths. This sometimes causes outrage amongst our politicians, but is common sense and sound military strategy.

Iran, Russia and, increasingly, China are very good at operating in the structural fractures afforded by liberal democracies wedded to conventional military power. “All these people are thinking much more unconventionally now than they used to be,” warns Bob Seely MP.

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/13/iran-crisis-will-show-russia-china-west-still-has-no-answer/

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Sun Jul 14, 2019, 05:42 AM

1. Another symptom of Political Correctness

Iran has been a pain in the ass since 1978. The people have had enough of the Mullahs and when they stood up Obama stood with the Mullahs (gee, I wonder why?)



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Sun Jul 14, 2019, 06:27 AM

2. BOOOOOOM!!!!

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