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

Dr. Eamonn T. Gardiner, is a Consulting Historian. He has previously conducted research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) amongst veterans of the First World War serving as Auxiliary Policemen, during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. He has written extensively on British central and colonial administrative responses to popular insurgencies. In 2009 he published 'Counterinsurgency and Conflict: Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War (CSP, 2009).' Published papers include; 'The training of the Irish Volunteers, 1913-1916' (The Irish Sword, 2017); 'Scattered, Ambushed and Laid Out: War and Counterinsurgency in the greater Tuam area, 1919-1921' (JOTS, 2015). Research interests include De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism; Insurgency, Police/Military Histories; Institutional Histories; Modern Irish/World History; History of Conflict, Protectorates and Peace-Keeping; Hegemony; Old and New Terrorism.
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