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Forced Urbanization: How Socialists Can Defeat Insurgencies
One of the main reasons why the Communists won the Russian Civil War was because they controlled Leningrad and Moscow, the two centers of political and industrial power in Russia. Within these cities, political workers’ unions could maintain control over the crowds, while the NKVD could make midnight arrests. When the Communists took over parts of the Russian countryside, they would often empty the villages and send anyone who wasn’t scheduled for execution to be resettled the cities. Thus, the possibility of a rural insurgency rapidly disappeared.
In contrast, this process never took place in Afghanistan. The Soviets made large sweeps through the countryside, but did not forcibly separate the civilian population from the guerrillas. The Mujahedeen were mountain-fighters, rather than urban specialists, and so long as they could hide among civilians, they could escape surveillance. The civilians also remained in their villages, which were bombarded into rubble, and were then left to pick up the pieces. Needless to say, this did not endear them to working with the Soviets, nor intimidate them into cooperation.
Although America is not forcibly urbanizing Afghanistan, the process is happening organically. Within the past year alone, Kabul’s population went from 3 million to 4 million (source: https://populationstat.com/afghanistan/kabul ). Although this appears small in a country of approximately 37 million[ Hyperlink: https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/afghanistan-population/ ], the trend towards dramatic, mass urbanization is global, and will strengthen the position of the socialists. Cities provide vast wealth and manpower resources, and are easy to control with digital interconnection, concrete barriers, and checkpoints [Hyperlink: https://mwi.usma.edu/effective-weapon-modern-battlefield-concrete/ ].
From the French Revolution to the Russian Revolution, urban areas have been the base of socialist movements, and they can readily be converted into giant prisons. As one officer put it, rather than fish in the sea, insurgents become fish in a barrel.
Thus, any attempts to resist socialism from the countryside must have a plan to avoid forced urbanization. If the Stasi or National Guard shows up and orders you to relocate to a “Safe” Zone, what will you do? What forms of prevention will you take? Once you’re on the trains, your chances of escape will drop dramatically.
If the socialists succeed in removing the population, what are FREEFOR’s plans for operating in the face of scorched-Earth tactics, both physical and demographic?