Iraq — No Peace for Occupying Armies

Yesterday on the excellent Miami book fair program I heard Jeremy Scahill (Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army) make the obvious point that occupying colonial armies never achieve ‘peace’. Resistance is always there. See below for evidence of same in Iraq:

Shiite Bloc Fails to Go to Meeting on Iraq-U.S. Pact
By KATHERINE ZOEPF and ATHEER KAKAN
Iraq’s political leaders held a high-level meeting to gauge
support for a security agreement that will determine the
future role and presence of American forces in Iraq, but it
ended without any clear public resolution.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/16/world/middleeast/16iraq.html?th&emc=th

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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