December 12, 2006

Making a Friend of Horror

Thanks to tim for pointing out this excellent article by (the somewhat erratic) Ralph Peters, providing an opportunity to discuss the pertinence of Clauswitzeanism - and the 'Western way of war' more generally - to the harsh and frustrating landscape of WWIV.

This challenge (also singled out by tim) is worthy of slow, excruciating attention:

We discount the value of ferocity —as a practical tool and as a deterrent. But war's immutable law —proven yet again in Iraq—is that those unwilling to pay the butcher's bill up front will pay it with compound interest in the end.

Posted by Old Nick at December 12, 2006 12:14 PM | TrackBack




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