Tim Pat Coogan in Iraq

Blood and Treasure points us to this interesting nugget:

About six months ago Abu Muqawama was talking with Ahmed Hashim, and
through his time spent interviewing insurgents in Iraq, Ahmed noticed
the insurgents had taken to reading about Michael Collins and the IRA.
(Tim Pat Coogan’s books were particularly popular.) What were they
studying? They were studying the way in which Irish Republicans
targeted the infrastructure and institutions of the British occupation
— everything from the post office to police officers — in an effort
to collapse the institutions the occupation needed to survive and keep
Ireland from falling into a chaos. Hashim called this tactic
"infrastructural takedown." (abu muqawama)






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