Sunday, November 20, 2005

Brimming with Eastern Promise

Bill Lind has a look at the latest effort by H. John Poole.

I've delved into Poole's books and, although I'm perhaps not the best person to judge, they seem to me to be interesting, useful and, broadly speaking, selling the right message.

That said, there is a bit of a problem. Lind sort of hints at it in noting that he disagrees with Poole when Poole argues that ancient Chinese strategic works are a key plank of the insurgents' collective mindset. But he doesn't address the 600-pound gorilla, which is this: There is no single "Eastern" way of warfare any more than there is a really identifiable and historically consistent "Western" way of warfare.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Good to see you posting again. I agree that there is no such thing as a 'Western' or 'Eastern' way of war. It's a grotesquely oversimplistic generalisation.


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