Iraq: Lessons from Northern Ireland

Peter R. Neumann shows the relevance of ‘The Troubles’ to allied policy in Iraq.

The American-led occupation of Iraq is now in its tenth month, and despite the capture of Saddam Hussein, things are not going according to plan. The Americans have lost almost 200 troops by hostile fire since President Bush declared major hostilities to be over. For the British, the tally can thankfully still be measured in double-digits. Still, something has gone wrong, but what is it? How can we prevent Iraq from becoming what American commentators have at times called a ‘second Vietnam’?

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