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The problem, in short, is one of communication. For this objective scholar, there is no question of our right to "transfer innovations and institutions to the Vietnamese," by force if necessary, or of our superior insight into the needed innovations or appropriate institutions. In just the' same way, Lord Cornwallis understood the necessity of "transferring the institution" of a squirearchy to India-as any reasonable person could see, this was the only civilized form of social organization. " The "Communists" are the Vietminh and the NLF; among the "nationalists," he mentions specifically the VNQDD and the Dai Viet (and the military).

Thus, "confiscation of chickens, razing of houses, or destruction of villages have a place in counterinsurgency efforts, but only if they are done for a strong reason: namely, to penalize those who have assisted the insurgents. . " Furthermore, it must be noted that "policies that would increase rural income by raising food prices, or projects that would increase agricultural productivity through distribution of fertilizer or livestock, may be of negative value during an insurgency ... " The principle is to reward the villages that cooperate and to provide penalties for the behavior that the government is trying to discourage.

I am indebted to Paul Potter, Andre Schlffrin, and William Watson for very helpful comments. " Senator Fulbright has developed a similar theme in an important and percE'ptive speech. " Specifically, he refers to the failure of the social scientists, "who ought to be acting as responsible and independent critics of the Government's policies," but who instead become the agents of these policies. " The extent of this betrayal might be argued; its existence, as a threatening tendency, is hardly in doubt.

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