Call for Duty:Crimson Storm
Paintball Scenario Game at SMP
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Notwithstanding the daunting work still ahead in Afghanistan, attention is turning to second fronts in the fight against global terrorism. One frontier in the next round will likely be Southeast Asia, where U.S. policy-makers fear that al-Qaeda has found common cause with separatist movements and Muslim extremist groups in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.
In 1995, bin Laden cells in Manila plotted the assassination of President Clinton and the pope, and planned to blow up American planes on East Asian routes. Their interdiction was thought to have reduced, if not extinguished, the threat to the United States from terrorism in the region. Since then, however, social networks in these countries have been severely strained by the 1997 Asian financial crisis, providing extremist groups with new openings.
And the Sept. 11 attacks revealed that terrorism is more tenacious, and more lethal, than our episodic attention had allowed.
These developments combine to make Southeast Asia a proxy battleground in the global war against terrorism, as it was in the anti-communist struggle of the Cold War. Indeed, the recent dispatch of American “advisers” to the Philippines, although only a handful, strikes a chord with populations on both sides of the Pacific who lived through the American intervention in Vietnam. What does Cold War experience tell us about fighting a new threat in Southeast Asia? Equally important, what changes in the region since then must be factored into present American policy?
Two broad lessons from the past are applicable to the new fight against terrorism. First, the profound diversity of the region, historical, political, ethnic and religious offers fire walls that guard against widespread contagion. In the Cold War, the sweep of communism envisioned by the domino theory stopped abruptly at the Indochina border.
Today, in part because of the economic crisis, similar resentments have flowered into secessionist movements and made these provinces vulnerable to extremist influence from abroad.There is rising concern of new targets for terrorism and thus far the US Joint Forces task force has launched a counter-terrorism campaign.
Blue – US Joint Counter Terrorism Group
Red – Myanmar for “The Righteous Ones”
- 7:30am Gates open at the park
- 8:00am Registration opens for all players
- 8:00am SMP rental shop and chrono opens
- 8:45am General Safety briefing for all players
- 8:55am Game briefing and rules explanation
- 9:15am Game play begins
- 12:30pm Lunch break
- 12:40pm Playing field closed to all players during the lunch break
- 1:05pm Players report to the field
- 1:15pm Game play resumes
- 3:00pm Game break to prepare fro the final battle
- 3:15pm Final battle game briefing
- 3:20pm Players report to the field for the final battle
- 3:30pm Final battle begins
- 4:00pm Final battle ends
- 4:15pm Awards and raffle drawing