There are times when I'd like to share something with you but my Voice in the Garden site does not seem the appropriate place, thus, this blog.

There are experiences, thoughts, views... and for anyone lurking/waiting to pounce (as has occurred on several occasions), please do not attempt to turn what I post into a political statement. This is NOT a political site, but IS about occurrences, reality, and personal opinion concerning what I see in the world around me and my family. There are many excellent writers whose works "speak" to me, and I shall include some of them. At times it may be
something I think you would enjoy or simply whatever ails you (me).

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Alexander the Great's Afghan Campaign (330-327 BC) and Today

"This five-part series is about war in Afghanistan, ancient and modern. Each video is five minutes long. I'm not doing this for money. I have no political axe to grind. I'm a Marine and I don't want young Marines and soldiers going into harm's way without the full mental arsenal of history and cultural context. 

What's my thesis? That understanding tribes and tribalism is critical for the U.S. in Afghanistan. The tribal mind-set (warrior pride, hostility to all outsiders, perpetual warfare, the obligation of revenge, suppression of women, a code of honor rather than a system of laws, extreme conservatism, unity with the land, patience and capacity for hatred) permeates everything in Afghanistan and its neighboring Islamic republics. For war-making or peace-making, it cannot be ignored. 

Think of these videos as a crash course in tribalism...".

Begin with Episode 1: It's the Tribes, Stupid
Episode 2: The Citizen Vs. The Tribesman
Episode 3: Tribes Are Different From You and Me
Episode 4: Fighting a Tribal Enemy
Episode 5: How to Win in Afghanistan

1 comment:

Patricia said...

Very interesting website. We took a class where we studied and discussed the situation in Afghanistan and my husband pointed out the tribalism that was dictating actions. Thanks for sharing.