In case you missed it yesterday

I’m talking about the “why Arabs lose wars” post. I can’t recommend clicking on the link highly enough. It’s a fascinating insight not just into Arab militaries but also, to a point, into Arab culture as the two are so intrinsically linked.

The article looks at a political system steeped in paranoia, deference to hierarchy, tribal loyalties and social status, and why these ancient customs translate badly into a wannabe modern military that should rely on trust, coordination and leadership at all levels.

We see the US military, an extension of the meritocratic US society, trying in vain to teach/help Arab militaries that simply cannot shake off redundant cultural norms.

It’s almost funny. Here’s the US military, the world’s strongest, basically saying, “Here’s how we do it, here’s how we became number one, here’s all some of our strategies, here’s some of our equipment, and hey, we’ll even train you,” which is all met with, essentially, crickets chirping.

The article is not politically charged, and whilst it may seem a bit long at first, especially if one is pressed for time, by the end of it, I was wishing there had been more.

So go ahead. You’ll be glad you did.

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