Armed Forces: Warfare by Witchcraft

Why, asked Senator J. William Fulbright, does the Pentagon need to spend American taxes to learn the black arts of Congolese witch doctors? Fulbright's query momentarily hexed Dr. John S. Foster Jr., the Defense Department's director of research, into an admission of ignorance. But in releasing Foster's testimony before a closed session of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the Pentagon last week righted the record. Witchcraft, it contended, is part of modern warfare: the $522.50 study analyzed the key role of Congolese sorcerers in the 1964 Simba uprising, when U.S....

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