Napoleon´s Nightmare: Guerrilla Warfare in Spain (1808-1814)
by José de la Pisa
"This paper maintains that this occurred because of the insurrection of the entire nation, and in particular the formation of a fierce and indomitable unconventional army: the Guerrilla. Encouraged and supported by the people, the Guerrilla gave the struggle the character of People in Arms: “Guerrilla” came to represent the spirit of rebellion that undermined the foundations of the Napoleonic Empire.
The guerrillas forced the French troops on the Peninsula into a dilemma that they never resolved: How to fight against regular armies, while simultaneously fighting against guerrilla operations that constantly threatened their rear, and the lines of communication and supply, thus forcing the deployment of more troops throughout the conquered territories. Napoleon never seemed able to grasp the danger of the insurrection and the guerrilla. This miscalculation was the leading cause of the downfall of his Empire."**
**Our founding fathers kicked out the British. And the British Empire was kicked out of India and nearly everywhere else...and maybe soon, hopefully, in the Malvinas. The Russian people kicked out the Tzars, the French people kicked out the Monarchs. The French were kicked out of Vietnam. The US was kicked out of Vietnam. Afghanistan kicked out the Russians and the English before that. Libya overthrew their corrupt government. Egypt overthrew their corrupt government. All over the world, the people are saying they have had enough of this ruling elitism that selfishly denies life, liberty, and happiness to everyone else.
All of these countries were successful in overcoming what seemed like irresistibly superior armed forces. Will the people of the US eventually have the balls to do the same with the corrupt regimes that have taken over America? I wonder if China or Russia or any other country would support the future U.S. "rebels" like the US is supporting the "rebels" in Syria. It has long been known that you cannot really win a war without winning the hearts and minds of the people because the greater masses of the people greatly outnumber the armed forces and can act in ways that are not anticipated by the superior forces. They cannot be everywhere at once...the people can. So, they are desperately trying to use propaganda to sway and confuse the masses in order to weaken their resolve. Nobody wants it to happen, but since the ruling elite leaves us no choice, as they are undoubtedly not going to change, it leaves the people no choice either. The people are backed into a corner from which there is no hope left.