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Winning hearts and minds

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Submitted by hyman peskin (Canada), Sep 14, 2008 at 11:08

A prescription for failure in any counter-insurgency operation is to alienate those very same people whose assistance and support is required to make some measure of progress. The use of such perjorative terms such as Islamofascism would have that negative effect .An example of that is in Afghanistan which is overwhelmingly a traditional Muslim nation. We cannot demonize their religion and at the same time expect their cooperation in defeating the enemy. That makes no sense at all.

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