This is a paper written by my good friend and great Middle East scholar Mike Eisenstatdt and his colleague Kendall Bianchi . It reiterates and expands in a more scholarly way the point I have been trying to make over the years ……that Arab fighting effectiveness is far greater when fighting in an unconventional or tribal environment. I hope Mike’s article gets the attention it deserves. He referenced me liberally in this piece and I am happy he did so.
BTW I have not posted since August. Mundane matters like selling our home and buying a new one in a different area, still in North Carolina, but away from the beach, was an ordeal worse that taking enemy fire. The phalanx of realtors, mortgage lenders, lawyers, potential buyers, and potential sellers is something I do not care to repeat.
Cheers and Happy New Year