Do Our Loyalties Affect Violence?

This is a great question posed by John Robb over at Global Guerillas on the recent Fort Hood shooting and possible critical factors. Factors that could very well be pre-incident indictors, red flags, or signs and signals we should at least think about and consider if prediction and prevention efforts are the focus of our strategy.

John poses the question: could it be our loyalties are shifting from the nation state back to pre-Westphalia loyalties focused on tribe, religion, clan, family, and ethnicity? At first glance it may seem like something out of the Road Warrior or 10,000 B.C., yet when you think about gangs, criminal enterprises, transnational crime and terrorism and you begin to wonder if such a shift has already begun?  Is this shift something we should be concerned with when developing strategies at preventing violent encounters? Will this shift in loyalties lead to more violence?

“The question is whether the violence at FT Hood is an example of this trend line or not?  Details of the case that show conflicted loyalties, and the eventual subordination of loyalty to the US to religious and ethnic loyalties, seem to be fairly clear.” ~John Robb

The job of protecting and serving takes much more effort than talk; we must continually thirst for knowledge and information in regard to emerging trends in violence abroad and here at home. We must educate ourselves to the possibilities and make all attempts to prevent violent acts and train for readiness. This means breaking out of our comfort zones and opening our minds and awareness to the signs and signals that lead to violence, and then take action with collaborative efforts to close the GAP between conflict and violence.

Pressure, high levels of anxiety and stress, combined poor coping skills, sociopathic and psychotic behavior are all reasons to consider why some people resort to violent acts. Loyalty --an attribute that mostly denotes a positive message of devotion, dependence and honesty to one person or thing, a group or cause – can be twisted and warped to the negative. Could loyalty in extremes be so unhealthy that it jeopardizes our safety and creates violence? I think it a very viable factor which seem obvious to consider.

John Robb offers some unique and insightful views on his website regarding emerging trends and threats: “Networked tribes, systems disruption, and the emerging bazaar of violence. Resilient Communities, decentralized platforms, and self-organizing futures.”

Agree or disagree, John has deep, insightful and interesting information directly related to the security, and emerging threats. I urge you to take a look at his site

Stay Oriented!

Fred