Tuesday, July 18, 2006

There are no "little league" wars.

Time limits and limits to the amount of damage that can be done may have a place in little league baseball but they have no place in the Major Leagues or in war. Perhaps we would have fewer, if more decisive, wars we stopped worrying about "collateral damage" and keeping conflict short. Instead we should play by the age old rules of warfare where you play until someone wins. No apologies. No returning to pre-victory boundaries. No neat and pretty surgical strikes. If it takes extra innings you keep playing. Ugly? Yes. That is what makes it something to avoid.

I think history will look back at these "little league" wars as unhealthy aberrations, which resolved nothing. War is as Major League as it gets. Play it to win.

Drudge has the story from the Guardian Unlimited.


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