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LtGen Robert Schmidle (ret) Ph.D.

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In the Seven Pillars of Wisdom T.E Lawrence held, like Clausewitz before him, that wars were fundamentally irrational activities and any attempt to understand what caused them or how to fight them needed to pay homage to the reflexive practices and beliefs of the warring parties. This is not to say that there was not a place for calculations in war, e.g. in matters of logistics or the tactical application of artillery.

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