Jim Gant: the ‘Lawrence of Afghanistan’

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Daily Mail

A thought provoking piece on COIN theory and the lengths you sometimes have to go to.

One cannot help but be struck by the parallels which exist between the case of Jim Gant and that of the insurgent supporter TE Lawrence whose name has been paraphrased for the title. Both mem were highly unorthodox in their approaches and yet both achieved remarkable results, far in excess of what had been expected.

Yet in their triumph lay their failure. Success bred the contempt of their peers and any faults which they had were pounced upon mercilessly.

http://time.com/2921469/the-fall-of-the-green-berets-lawrence-of-afghanistan/

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About eamonntgardiner

I am a PhD Student at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I am conducting research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst British First World War veterans serving as Auxiliary Policemen in Ireland during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. I have previously conducted research into local Irish Volunteer/Old IRA units in Munster as well as British responses to popular insurgencies in areas they administered. I have previously published a book on the British Counterinsurgency responses to the IV/IRA conflict in Ireland, 1919-1921, entitled 'Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War: Counter Insurgency and Conflict.' I have also published papers on various aspects of that war and also on other insurgencies. I write a regular blog on those and other related matters, which can be read at https://eamonntgardiner.wordpress.com/ My research interests include Feminism and De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism, Insurgency, Police and Military Histories, Institutional Histories. Subaltern Studies, International History of the 20th Century, Modern Irish History, Historiography, History of Conflict, Peace Keeping/Enforcement/Protectorates, Spheres of Influence, Hegemonic Theories, Old and New Terrorism.
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