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The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual (Paradigm)

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The Network of Concerned Anthropologists is a group of scholars seeking to promote an ethical anthropology. They believe that anthropologists should not engage in research and other activities that contribute to counterinsurgency operations in Iraq or in related theaters in the war on terror.

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Product Details

  • Series: Paradigm
  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Prickly Paradigm Press (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979405750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979405754
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The point is that there are clear guidelines for every profession. A doctor is obligated by their oath to provide care for someone in need in an emergency situation, whether or not they will be paid, etc. Psychologists must follow the ethical guidelines for psychologists or they can even be stripped of their qualifications.

*Anthropologists are to observe and NOT interfere, in ANY circumstance. You cannot remain unbiased if you are involved. We actually practice this in college, through case studies. These prepare for any situation, including whether an anthropologist should admit to the police if they witnessed a murder or tell them who the murderer was.

*Anthropologists are trained to look at things from BOTH sides of the lens, and try to understand situations from the "others'" point of view, even if the "other" is an insurgent. Remember- completely UNBIASED.

*Anthropologists are trained in how to gain the trust of those being observed, so that they may be accepted into a culture and fully observe and report on what they discover.

Observing, being unbiased, and using the information that you gain in a professional, ethical manner, is the ENTIRE point of being an anthropologist. These skills can be dangerous if misused, which is why anthropologists are so concerned with ethics, AND why the government is trying to exploit social scientists to gain an advantage. The use of ethnographic information against the "other" or to benefit one side over the other, is considered extremely unethical in our profession. And in this case the government is using "unbiased" anthropologists as part of a surveillance system to plan attacks, which kill people. Imagine a person who has become a psychiatrist simply so that they can take advantage of their helpless patients!
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Whether you pick the book up expecting to agree with its conclusion or detest the same, you'll not be a better man for having made it through all 190 snotty pages.

The book (really a collection of essays, with each chapter written by a different author) is presented as a foil to FM 3-24, the US Army-Marine Corps Joint Manual on Counterinsurgency. However, it's really a commentary about US foreign policy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There are a few worthy points from which I learned something. The section on the permanent narrowing of physics research as a result of the Manhattan Project was instructive and made the authors' concerns about bastardization of anthropology seem less paranoid. David Price brings up some legitimate concerns about plagiarism and the scholarship underlying FM 3-24 (Though his critique would carry less weight were it not for the publication of an open-source edition of FM 3-24 through the University of Chicago Press. I guess it's a criticism the military brought on themselves.).

However, you'll have to wade through an awful lot of unprofessionalism to find those worthy points.

The authors treat FM 3-24 not strictly as the doctrinal manual it is but as prescriptive foreign policy. FM 3-24 is just what it says it is: A military manual on how to perform population-centric counterinsurgency that may or may not be useful/heartwarming. It is not a prescription for when and if counterinsurgency should be performed, much less when the US should intervene in the affairs of other states. It's a guide for battalion commanders for whom counterinsurgency is a fact with which they have no choice but to deal (unless they're willing to do prison time for disobeying orders, which of course is not out of the question).
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It shows quite clearly that those tearing down this book are simply apologists of American imperialist policies around the world, seeing no problem with "counterinsurgency" even if such operations are irrefutably and invariably mounted against any indigenous or nationalist movement trying to build a more just society free of corporate domination and corruption or one in which their government is not simply a puppet of Washington. How such people can look at themselves in a mirror without puking after almost a century of US interventions abroad, all for the most immoral purposes, always on the side of the superrich and against the helpless, and always carried out under misleading labels proclaiming our troops are fighting for "freedom" and "democracy" (and the latest, for our own security) is beyond me. I guess it helps if you're a brainwashed ignorant idiot, a sellout to the corporate powers, or a direct beneficiary of such criminal policies.
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I was hoping for something that would provide alternative ideas to the current COIN strategy being employed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Instead the book was filled with wild claims, inaccuracies, and blatant lies about operations and how social science has been used in overseas contingency operations. As someone who's been there, I can honestly say this is a whole lot of worthless.
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Clearly compiled by a group of people who do not understand the mission of the military. They believe the province of anthropology is theirs alone and can't be employed by others except as the group approves. Moreover, they believe it's their mission to inject into the defense establishment only those methodologies they find acceptable.

Note to anthropologists: The military is comprised of some very bright officers who understand research and scholarship. Most have graduate degrees. They really don't need the guidance of a bunch of social engineers.
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