This blog is a summary of a presentation by John Lannon of Shannonwatch to the Afri Hedge School 2013 'Resources, Conflict & Climate Change: The Links' in IT Blanchardstown on 5th November.
I recently had cause to read the US Army Field Manual 3-07 (FM 3-07), also known as their Stability Operations Field Manual. It's supposed to be a roadmap from conflict to peace, a practical guide to nation-building - which is defined as the process of structuring a national identity using the power of the state.
The opening few lines of the Field Manual are quite telling in terms of the real intent:
"Today, the Nation remains engaged in an era of persistent conflict against enemies intent on limiting American access and influence throughout the world. This is a fundamental clash of ideologies and cultures, waged across societal abysses separating rich ethnic and religious traditions and profound differences in perspective."