Hearts And Minds

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BoomShackerLacker said:
...they're learning Internal Security the hard way....

Battle for hearts and minds lost
Sorry, while there may be some truth to that, it is woefully skewed. They referred to Iraqis who kill "collaborators" as "loyal".

Hearts and Minds is conducted not nationally, but locally. Every unit focuses on its little area to win hearts and minds. Here's some other examples of hearts and minds work conducted by coalition troops:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6pPwe6AiKo - Coldstream Guards in Basra

http://michaelyon-online.com/wp/operation-iraqi-children-a-bright-shining-hope.htm

http://gozarthetraveler.blogspot.com/

Unfortunately, this stuff doesn't work well for journalists or politicians. Both want to show simple, tangible things to support their points. Real Hearts and Minds stuff isn't easy. The dynamics and rules change with the values of any given area's population. There has been alot of good work done by the Squaddies, Yanks, Diggers, the Danes, the Japanese, the Poles have a pretty good CIMIC operation running, as well as the El Salvadorians. There is no concrete success barometer.

However, if more people knew about some of the humanitarian work being done, world opinion might be different. Who knows.

End of rant.
 
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Chief_Joseph said:
Unfortunately, this stuff doesn't work well for journalists or politicians.
Excellent point and powerfully made. Thank you.
 

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