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    Council Member SteveMetz's Avatar
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    Default Counterinsurgency and Human Nature

    Another brain burp, this one inspired by Ralph Peters' new book:

    American counterinsurgency doctrine seeks to re-make other societies in our image but fails to understand why our system works. We have not eradicated the aggression of, particularly, young males, but simply found less destructive channels for it--sports, economic competition, the sexual hunt, and combat politics.

    Unless we help a culture coming out of armed conflict build these or other equally effective channels for male aggression, the conflict will reemerge or simply mutate into some other form.

    A counterinsurgency doctrine which does not incorporate this raw reality is doomed to ineffectiveness.
    Last edited by SteveMetz; 07-18-2007 at 12:10 AM.


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