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Damn those foreign fighters
Posted by on February 25th, 2011

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By Dave Anderson:

Most people don't like heavily armed foreigners who have at best a minimal clue of the local cultural norms and power arrangements.  This localized resentment creates accidental guerrillas and a quagmire where the foreigners won't leave until everyone who dislikes the foreigners is either dead or now likes the foreigners. 

The New York Times reports that the US military is starting to get this basic dynamic as the US is leaving a heavily fought over valley where the US presence was the impetous of the violence:

“What we figured out is that people in the Pech really aren’t anti-U.S. or anti-anything, they just want to be left alone,” said one American military official familiar with the decision. “Our presence is what’s destabilizing this area.”



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