The accent changes, but the script stays the same

This is a powerful post on the underlying assumptions behind the justifications for going to and staying in Iraq and how the resemble myths from the Vietnam conflict. (h/t: Bene D). Money quote on the trouble with occupations:

“The presence of foreign military players misshapes people and institutions who would not under local mores seek redress with guns, assassinations, suicide killings for religious or nationalist reasons. And that presence, in effect, puts off the day when the diverse components of society can evolve in their own way by negotiations and confrontation towards greater participation and democracy. No military power or outside mediator can make things come out right. In their own time local processes will allow a new balance.”