One of the lessons I've learned is essential to success in the military, "when you can't do what you want, do what you can."
If you want to take a hill, you literally "can't" do that until you have done the things you have to do to enable that. Set a support by fire position, called for indirect, set up an echelon of fires that lets you get within halitosis range before turning off your support. If you just try to take the hill you and your men will get slaughtered.
So do what you can. This post is brought to you by John Mosby http://mountainguerrilla.blogspot.com/2012/01/public-service-announcement.html since I would like to add on to and wax poetic about what keyboard commandos (and even seasoned professionals) don't know about an insurgency.
If you are a middle aged (I'm in my thirties now, it used to be that 30 was old, but now it is the new 20 I've been told) guy like me you can probably still hump a ruck enough to keep up with the 18-23 year olds that make up the Infantry. But it hurts like hell and that is why they give CO's and 1SG's humvees to roll around the battlefield.
Now my father is a machinist (I have mentioned this before). I don't expect him to put on a rucksack and leave my mom to go play guerilla in the woods any time soon. But who do you think I turn to when I need a rifle repaired? In addition to rebarreling old rifles and adding scope bases my dad has spent more time under beat up old cars and trucks helping me get back on the road than I ever deserved. Thank you Dad, I appreciate it and hope someday I can pass it on.
My sister just got certified as an LPN and hired full time. Next year she'll go back to school to finish up her R.N. degree and certification. I don't expect her to put on a ruck and go play guerilla any time soon. But who do you think I'd trust to clean and pack a wound at 0300?
Some folks talk about being a "week long prepper" or a "month long prepper" as if it were anything other than second nature to my mom. My mom could feed a squad of hungry Infantryman a delicious meal on a moments notice with nothing more than what she keeps in the walk in pantry. Not many people in todays world know how to turn an animal into a meal from start to finish, but my folks do (and thank you for passing that skill on Dad). So if you can't do what you want, you do what you can.
A family is generally a built in support network, now that I'm half a continent away from mine I don't have their skills available to help me. My family supports me, they have stood behind me through a whole heap of military life. If push ever came to shove those are the folks that I would run to (or my older brother who is also well prepared for bad things to happen). But right now I don't have them available so I have to rethink survival plans.
But what is the point about all this? Every successful insurgency depends more on an active and passive support network than on insurgent fighters. How many safe houses does it take to support just one fighter? Do you have a buddy who is a realtor, property manager, or landlord and can stash you in empty apartments or houses? How many "money men" does it take to keep the food, medicine, weapons, and ammunition flowing for an operational cell? Do you have a buddy who is an accountant, bank manager, or financial planner? Do you think that even simple things like food become easy to get when you are being hunted and food is being rationed? How many housewives does it take to add just one extra can of food to their weekly shopping trip to support one fighter?
The fact of the matter is that in an insurgency the Powers That Be will use any and all tools including purchasing habits (when cash is outlawed there will be no "anonymous" transactions), social networking (how many dumb crooks are caught because they updated their location on Facebook?), surveillance via satellite, spy plane, and drones (already in use round the world). If your network can't keep you out of the limelight you are effectively screwed.
When JM is talking about building a support network he is talking about building people and facilities that allow those who are willing and able to fight to stay in the field. I can't stress how important it is for those support personnel to be in place. Fighter win engagements, but logistics wins wars. Or as Patton liked to say, "Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics."