The Role of Religion in Information Operations
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Opinions abound regarding what motivates insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some discuss the issue in detail without mentioning religion. Others blame religious intolerance directly. Whichever side of the argument one takes, religious certainty and the confidence it breeds impedes progress toward peaceful coexistence. Religious factors effect military information operations IO, but by what means should these factors be addressed Acceptance of, real respect for, and eventual military cooperation with individuals of different faiths requires very liberal interpretations of ones own religious doctrine. There is nothing more difficult than convincing a person to doubt something he or she needs to believe. The U.S. Military Chaplain Corps could potentially lead the way, but first they must be screened to ensure they are willing and able to set aside their own personal religious certainty and to make liberal interpretations of their doctrine in favor of that end.
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