Cen O Con
(This is a Defense Paper on
material developed after 18 years of
ceaseless attack by a foreign enemy. Nothing in this paper advocates physical
violence or invites the physical destruction of persons.)
In these days of "cold
war" when actual warfare is impossible due
to atomic weapons, the warfare is waged in the press and public in the form
If you uniformly apply the
tactics and strategy of battle to the rows
we get into, press or legal or public confrontation, you will win.
The enemy uses "
groups" and meetings of groups like one would use
If we and they are considered
as two hostile and opposing nations at
war, then a huge array of tactics and strategy become visible.
One parallels in the field of
thought what is used and done in the
field of battle in other ages.
You don't have to know too
much about the tactics and strategy of
warfare to apply this but it helps.
The end product of war,
according to Klausewitz the authority on it,
is (condensed) "to bring about a more amenable frame of mind on the part
But there are also wars of
attrition. We are engaged in one where
total destruction of us has been the enemy's aim for, at this writing, 19
years. This is barbarian warfare, thus the enemy must have had very positive
fears and terrors about us. Since he fought for total attrition. In this
case it is not safe to hope for any half way win. We must ourselves fight
on a basis of total attrition of the enemy. So never get reasonable about
him. Just go all the way in and obliterate him.
It is bad warfare to
fight battles on your own terrain, in your own
subject area. It is not good to fight in the territory of allies. Fight
battles wherever possible only on enemy terrain, in and about his
his people, not ours. You can gauge your relative success by this. When all
your battles are fought on his terrain, you are winning.
A good general expends the
maximum of enemy troops and the minimum of
his own. He makes the war costly to the enemy, not to himself.
One cuts off enemy communications, funds, connections. He
the enemy of political advantages, connections and power. He takes over enemy
territory. He raids and harrasses. All on a thought plane - press, public
opinion, governments, etc.
Seeing it as a battle one
can apply battle tactics to thought actions.
targets and finds out enemy plans and purposes,
enemy connections, dispositions, etc. It is
fatal to attack a wrong enemy.
But it is good tactics to make the enemy attack wrong targets or persons
Good intelligence pin points
who when where what.
Good PRO plans an action and
operations fights the battle.
Legal is a slow if often
final battle arena. It eventually
comes down to legal in the end. If intelligence and PRO have done well,
then legal gets an easy win.
You can win a battle even
without legal and by PRO alone. You
intend to win it without legal wherever possible.
The prize is "public opinion" where press is
only safe public opinion to head for is they love us and are in a frenzy of
hate against the enemy, this means standard wartime propaganda is what one
is doing, complete with atrocity, war crimes trials, the lot. Know the
mores of your public opinion, what they hate. That's the enemy. What
they love. That's you.
You preserve the image or increase it of your own troops
degrade the image of the enemy to beast level.
Always be ready to parley
but watch for tricks. Don't give the
enemy breathing space.
Capture and use his comm
lines. A press magnate on your side
is a big win.
You have in one of these
publicity wars all the factors of
modern wars complete with artillery, cavalry, infantry.
For example at this writing,
all fighting has been on our
terrain, they knew our generals we didn't know theirs, they had all the
press, funds, government control. We are reversing this. We are fighting
now on their ground. But we have a long way to go.
We will make it all the way
providing we look on this in terms
of active battle and not as a "if we are saintly good we will win".
people who win wars have a saintly image but they win the war by clever
and forceful use of the rules of tactics, strategy and battle.
Wars are composed of many
Never treat a war like a skirmish. Treat all
skirmishes like wars.
The cold war is a
war. The West is losing it because it is
fighting by other rules than the rules of war. We mustn't lose it.
Copyright (c) 1969
by L. Ron Hubbard
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED