clivethecelt wrote:Just finished the first half of this book by Rory Stewart and Gerald Knaus. I must confess to being slightly biased, as Stewart's previous works have struck a chord here. There's a couple of reviews at these links:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/book ... eview.html
http://www.amazon.com/Intervention-Amne ... ewpoints=1
Cubster wrote:It's not inflammatory BD so much as just plain old short on fact. It's a popular view these days, but not one backed up by history.
Of course yes mine was a sweeping statement, but i was thinking largely of AWI, India (Clive of East India Company ) South africa 19th century. Iraq 2003....Afghan war of recent times, The taliban took a beating real quick then just went over to an insurgency but behind the scenes.....the American mining of that Nuclear compound needs time so the war can't actually end until mining has been completed, then Opium....that's worth having too.
Look up the cost in money of how much it cost to kill one taliban (based n their total casualties against military funds spent) when the military budgets for war are calculated, you'll scratch your head and wonder why it didn't all end in a week....in fact you'll also think why does it go on?
WW1 was different to my mind in that it was largely the result of an arms race by said companies and war wasn't quite so planned as inevitable.....WW2 was a tidy up of things everyone got wrong after WW1......but I have to say it put a definite end to the great depression....so?
Not all wars are covered by my statement...but it is normally about the money (Expansion)......what is an empire for but domination of people and resources?
Military intervention works if it has very clear objectives from the off and you know never lose sight of them. Plus, once the polititians have made the decision to use force they should hand said objective to the military and leave them to it without sticking their oar in and fiddling about as it becomes politically embarrassing.
I agree whole heartidly with this paragraph
Mostly this equates to staying out of someone else's business unless you have almost universal support ... good luck with that when Russia and China like to veto anything that the rest of the world wants.
Military intervention works if it has very clear objectives from the off and you know never lose sight of them.
On a lighter note........Intervention can work.......
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