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Re: DSII Question- Obstacles

From: Thomas Barclay <Thomas.Barclay@s...>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 23:01:26 -0500
Subject: Re: DSII Question- Obstacles

Just for the record:

I'm sure the Somalia intervention had good intentions, if it was not 
well thought out, and despite the poor preparation (in some ways) of 
many of the troops participating. The consequences of a lack of 
direction or a lack of adequate understanding of the nature of the 
situation have lead us to the situation of today. People would like 
to set that at the feet of the American government, but the UN is 
also to blame. And (although I personally have served in the CF and 
respect many of its members), I have met paras from 1, 2, and 3 CDO 
and the CAR before. It doesn't really surprise me that they had a few 
of the repugnant types that could torture and kill civilians. 99% of 
that proud unit are fine people, and 1% are nasty folk. But it only 
takes 1% and poor leadership, and a situation far from home in a 
foreign country to generate regretable situations. And sociologists 
have demonstrated that even good people, under the right/wrong 
circumstances, will commit the most awful acts. It doesn't make it 
right, but mud slinging is a pointless venture. 

And besides, it doesn't have a lot do do with SG2 or DS2. Until the 
GZG boys come up with an FMA system that covers the breakdown of 
discipline in operations in foreign ground with undertrained and 
underled and underequiped troops (which sounds pretty dismally boring 
and very unlikly), this isn't a very good thread for the group. 

OTOH, figuring out how to effect restrictive ROE on SG2 or DS2 
scenarios to reflect peacekeeping situations is sort of interesting 
and topical....


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