Author provides philosophically review of Che and Castro use of irregular war in Cuba and Boliva. Debray believes the forces needed to strike quickly and time was not an ally. The US and counterinsurgency forces were gaining strength. Idea of the Foco, at the beginning, the Foco is the vanguard of men leading the revolution. These men don’t work to gain support from the people…they start out by attacking the govt. These attacks serve as a beacon to the people. Politics & military are part of the whole…not separate. Military action must take leading role. Politic side will resort to meetings, and try to work within the system.
Saw the fight moving in stages; Armed self-defense; starting phase a more defensive period need to move to the Armed Propaganda, where the revolution is spread to the people via small armed groups. Need secure guerilla base that is your base.
Guerilla has nothing to protect, government has to protect everything!