The Straw that Stirs the Drink: The Implications of Resurgent Religion for Strategists and Policy Makers

For those so inclined this is one of the more insightful perspectives on religion in diplomatic and military world affairs I have read.

By the way, I read Padre Steve’s take on world affairs, history, veterans issues, religion and baseball daily.

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I am being published in the most recent issue of Campaigning: The Journal of the Joint Forces Staff College. The article will be available along with the rest of the journal at the website of the college, but I am posting it here. It is an interesting topic since religion is raising its head in numerous conflicts around the world, and is a very real part of the contemporary American political climate. Note, the pictures are not included in the Campaigning issue.

I hope that you enjoy.

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One can never separate war and the means by which it is fought from its political ends. There are, however, many societies whose language and religious ideology shape the leader’s political ends. To borrow the immortal words of legendary baseball slugger Reggie Jackson, religion is often “the straw that stirs the drink.” The fact that…

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One thought on “The Straw that Stirs the Drink: The Implications of Resurgent Religion for Strategists and Policy Makers

  1. An excellent article by Padre Steve. The average citizen’s reluctance to debate religious fundamentalists empowers those incorrect teachers. I say we create a network of small pubs or grills and name them all
    “Politics and Religion” and require that patrons be willing to enter into discussions with their fellow diners about various topics. Our country has forgotten how to carry on intelligent conversations.

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