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18 April 2007


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Interesting paper on working with tribesmen. I assume that our work to date has been a mixed bag, we may be doing better on that score in Anbar.

One topic not covered: how do outsiders deal with inter-and intra- tribal feuding? One consequence of the focus on honor is the prevalence of vendetta. Is neutrality possible?

W. Patrick Lang


A tough thing. If you are Kirkbride, Peake or Glubb then you can play God and build a tribal conglomeration for their their king.

In your position I think you will have to take sides or sobody will like you. Just make sure hat they believe in you.

By the way, I knew Glubb. pl

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