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Human Terrain set off a war of its own in the academic world: Critics, particularly anthropologists, argued that Human Terrain researchers could not serve two masters — that they risked betraying the people they studied by feeding information to the military.
Now, after months of waiting, Bhatia had brought colleagues from campus and the combat zone together in the same room.
They filed slowly from the oak pews of St. Joseph Church, out into the midday chill.
'Professor' pays a heavy price in Afghanistan
Critics were not letting up in their condemnation of the Human Terrain project. The team kept score, posting what they considered the most outrageously off-base characterizations of their work.
"Mercenary anthropologists," one critic called them. "The Army's new secret weapon," another said.
"Some academics have created a polemical enemy image ... rather than actual learning what the HTT does," Bhatia e-mailed his mentor, Chopra, in January 2008. "We're not involved in lethal targeting at all."
At Michael Bhatia's funeral on May 16, .... Professor Keith Brown spoke about the ripples of the war on terrorism and the way they connect us. He spoke about Michael Bhatia. Then he asked congregants to join him in a responsive reading of a poem by Archibald MacLeish, "The Young Dead Soldiers."
"Whether our lives were for peace and a new hope, or for nothing, we cannot say; it is you who must say this," Bhatia's colleague read.
"We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning," the worshippers answered.
"We were young, they say. We have died. Remember us."