Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Small Wars: Religion in Warfare III

Well, we've started of at a rip-roaring pace and some folks are already feeling a twist in their tails. Not sure how a scholarly discussion of religion in warfare suddenly became a discussion of personal prerogatives, but I'll skip that right now and suggest that you read Mr. Smith's last commentary on the subject at the Captain's Journal: Smith Responds.

Sometimes the best counsel is the oldest. Smith’s argument concerning the duration of counterinsurgency and public sentiment is similar to that of the Marine Corps commandant (even if somewhat unrelated to the initial subject of Kilcullen’s commentary). Smith’s views on religion and counterinsurgency - far from being debunked - have not yet even been engaged.

That is for the readers to decide.

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