War on the Rocks is a great website that posts nuanced policy papers and military analysis. They recently published an article about Syria describing the decay of Bashar Al Assad’s regime. This post briefly highlights how that article’s main points underscore what I’ve been arguing about the Gadianton Insurgency. The current disintegration of the regime in the real world highlights and supports my subtle and nuanced reading of the Book of Mormon.
Thesis Statement: Robbers Both a Cause and Collapse
The State’s Reliance on Bandits:
Weak Government Incorporates them:
The Roman sources called many groups ‘robbers,’ but it seems probable that they were actually the private forces of local magnates maintaining order and control outside of Roman public authority. [Even the great warlords such as Childeric, Clovis, and Alaric..held official offices in the Roman Empire.] Historian David Graff adds a similar point from Chinese history: