The Ties that Bind: Families, Clans, and Hizballah’s Military Effectiveness

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

About Tex

Retired artillery colonel, many years in a number of positions in the Arab world. Graduate of the US Military Academy and the American University of Beirut. MA in Arab studies from the American University in Beirut along with 18 years as Middle East Seminar Director at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, Served in Vietnam with 1st Inf Division, Assignments in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, plus service with Trucial Oman Scouts in the Persian Gulf. Traveled to every Arab country on the map including Iraq, Syria, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.
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