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Oh my word Gorilla, Guerilla

Oh my word Gorilla, Guerilla
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Americans branded Che Guevara as a guerilla and masterminded his death. He was born in Argentina, worked in Cuban government and died in Bolivia but...

Americans branded Che Guevara as a guerilla and masterminded his death. He was born in Argentina, worked in Cuban government and died in Bolivia but also wore guerilla fatigues and had a stint in Angola. “Why does the guerrilla fighter fight? We must come to the inevitable conclusion that the guerrilla fighter is a social reformer, that he takes up arms responding to the angry protest of the people against their oppressors, and that he fights in order to change the social system that keeps all his unarmed brothers in ignominy and misery.” - Che Guevara

Gorillas and guerillas have a common trait: they live in forests or jungles skirting the Nature. But urban guerillas can also spring up if there are indefensible injustices in the midst of the society aided by the state. The word guerilla comes from Spanish literally meaning little war. The first guerilla war was waged by Spain against France when it occupied Spain in 1808. The Spanish War of Independence brought Portugal and England together and fought against the Napoleonic forces.

Guerilla is a member of a small independently acting group taking part in irregular fighting. It is derived from Spanish meaning ‘little war’. The alternative spelling for guerilla is guerrilla. Guerilla is a not a member of regular army of a country. Unlike regular warfare, Guerrilla warfare is a irregular consisting a group of combatants who are usually armed and use military tactics such as ambushes, sabotage, raids, hit-and-run tactics.

Guerillas are a small secretive group fighting for a cause or against some injustice from their perspective. He or she could live in a forest or in a jungle or in towns and fight against or along the regular forces. One of the reasons why IPKF was badly defeated in Sri Lanka was they could not withstand the guerilla warfare techniques used by LTTE.

Guerilla is also using in marketing terminology. Guerrilla marketing involves low-cost and unconventional means to draw the attention of targeted audience for an idea or product or service. Jay Levinson’s Guerrilla Marketing published in 1983 is one of the classics in the business.

Gorilla is an ape. Gorilla is the largest anthropoid ape. Gorillas are currently native to central Africa. Gorillas have a large head, short neck and prominent mouth. Gorillas are extant now but if not protected they could become extinct. In a derogatory sense, gorilla also refers to a heavily built man of aggressive demeanour. Which Indian zoo has a gorilla?

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