The first was to enforce the ban on drugs and alcohol within the group to weed out the weak members who could potentially become informants for their next dose or drink. The second strategic move was to create havoc and chaos in areas that would bring mass police force to protect the citizens, by planting bombs in specific locations. The third strategic move was to remove police officers with no witnesses and no traces that could point to any one person. The fourth strategic move was to organize a peaceful strike and find shelter for everyone. The fifth strategic move was to constantly move locations of the leaders of the rebellion. The final strategy was to take out as many police officers, paratroopers, or French military personnel without surrendering. As one tactic was tried, the outcome was evaluated and determined if the move was effective or new strategies were needed to continue the fight for freedom. The description of resistance and response was eloquently surmised in the quote by Colonel Mathieu, “The FLN wants to remove the French from Algeria and the French want to stay” (Pontecorvo, 1966).
Whenever one group tries to enforce their rules and beliefs on another group, there is bound to be some sort of social movement, once the oppressed group decides they are not willing to concede or assimilate into the forced requirements of the dominating group. The tactics that are used during wartimes are not considered humane from any side. Many of the strategies used by the police, paratroopers, or rebels were terrorist and violent actions toward the opposing side (Pontecorvo, 1966). Each side tries to act like the “good guys” and make the civilians believe that their way is the best choice. Any group that is being repressed or oppressed is going to have some individuals who will object to the treatment.
The use of torture to gain information is a tactic used by every organization during wartimes. The extent of the torture