Conspiracy Theories

Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs)

Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs)

I saw this yesterday and thought of you...

A paper on irregular warfare and PRTs (Provincial Reconstruction Teams) that originally were used for development work to oppose insurgencies but later had mission creep. "...As those conflicts have evolved, so too have the PRTs: their composition has changed, and so too, in some cases, has their mission...." The teams were/are a combination of military and civilian resources.

"...Insurgency is the organized use of subversion and violence to seize, nullify or challenge political control of a region. As such, it is primarily a political struggle, in which both sides use armed force to create space for their political, economic and influence activities to be effective. Insurgency is not always conducted by a single group with a centralized, military-style command structure, but may involve a complex matrix of different actors with various aims, loosely connected in dynamic and non-hierarchical networks. To be successful, insurgencies require charismatic leadership, supporters, recruits, supplies, safe havens and funding (often from illicit activities). They only need the active support of a few enabling individuals, but the passive acquiescence of a large proportion of the contested population will give a higher probability of success. This is best achieved when the political cause of the insurgency has strong appeal, manipulating religious, tribal or local identity to exploit common societal grievances or needs. Insurgents seek to gain control of populations through a combination of persuasion, subversion and coercion while using guerrilla tactics to offset the strengths of government security forces. Their intent is usually to protract the struggle, exhaust the government and win sufficient popular support to force capitulation or political accommodation. Consequently, insurgencies evolve through a series of stages, though the progression and outcome will be different in almost every case..."

What struck me was how one can look at the US and see a parallel. The actors in the insurgency are many but this quote "...They only need the active support of a few enabling individuals..." is esp. relevant to those who think that in a conspiracy or an insurgency every insurgent would have to understand the big plan. All you need are a few who can orchestrate the rest using common tools to convince them they are right and/or the righteous. Tribalism and identity controlled by propaganda. Zealotry follows and the dehumanization of those who disagree becomes the norm, making it easier to do bad things for 'good' reasons. Would PRTs in the US engage in violence as part of their mission? I'm thinking of shootings and riots. Is there an insurgency going on now in the US, is TDS, C19, etc. part of it? Dunno.

Here's the link if you are interested in reading more: 2009-2017.state.gov/...

Just my 2 cents...

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