Mr. Scheer makes some good points, and some not quite so good. The mine-resistant vehicles are a good idea, but I wonder at the cost and time frame, as Israel already has them. How much do they cost them?
However, the one part that really drew my attention was the words, "Fortified vehicles only further separate the occupier from the population, which will remain fully vulnerable to attack. The emphasis on the protection of the foreigner--the Green Zone model--is a failed tactic of colonizers that alienates the local populace." In recently reading about the suppression of the protests in Myanmar I found one commentator who gave an explanation of why the Saffron Revolution may not succeed there, while such revolutions have been so successful elsewhere. He said the reason such revolutions are successful is that the military refuses to attack, and fire on, their own people. His explanation of why they will in Myanmar is that the military is kept separated from the civilian population. Military bases and housing are kept away from cities and in a separated enclave.
Mr. Scheer's words remind me so much of that explanation. Even in Vietnam, US forces mingled with local populations constantly. The isolation in Iraq may be a cause, as well as a result, of the "occupying army" perception. And may lead to the reality.
Oct 19 2007 - 8:45am