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Wednesday, November 19, 2003


Soft war, hard peace
Donald Sensing has a post up you really should read, about the relative ease (when compared with so many other nations) with which the North and South reunited after the Civil War (eventually). In it, he references Union Gen. William T. Sherman's comment that "he waged war hard in order to make the peace soft." This brought to mind a rant posted by Zeyad at Healing Iraq yesterday. Fed up with the evil people who ruled and killed his people for so long, and who are now just killing them, he wrote
Those militants don't understand any language except the language of force. F--k human rights. Those aren't humans anyway. We desperately NEED to see some heads rolling. Believe it or not. Theres going to have to be some bloodshed for this to work. Bomb the hell out of Tikrit and Al-Awja. Massacre every last person of Saddam's tribe. Rape his women. Yeah. Let them taste some of what we have endured the last 30 years. I don't want to see my dreams ruined because of those trianglees. If the CPA doesn't want to do it, send in a force of IP and civil defense forces and turn your face the other way, they'll be more than glad to do it, believe me.
This rant got him blasted by lots of Westerners who Of Course Know Better, dropped from a few blogrolls, and told that he should be shot. It was possibly over the top in parts, which he probably recognizes. But the overall point is very valid. Ours was a very soft war, especially in comparison with, say, WWII, in which the enemy was completely and utterly defeated and humiliated. This was done purposefully, as one of the recognized mistakes of the end of WWI was the Allies never marched into Berlin, bombed cities or generally demonstrated to the populace at large that they had been defeated.

This was obviously less required for the Iraqi populace as a whole, as most of them were, and are, on our side. But there are less hospitable areas like Tikrit that are not, and that, as Orrin Judd suggests, we may regret dealing with softly during the war, as we must now deal with them hard during the peace.
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