The causes and rhetoric goes out the window when there is another country’s army marching through your streets… like the Southern soldier said when he was asked by a Northern counterpart why he was fighting for the South in the Civil War when he owned no slaves- he said simply, “I’m fighting cause you’re down here.”
Just to dovetail on your example - how did the Union armies deal with said problem?[/quote]
They slashed and burned their way through the South, and defeated the armies that the South fielded.
I know what you are aiming at Thunder, but that slash and burn tactic caused a rift between North and South that has not healed to this day (Confederates in the Attic?). And that is among countrymen descended from the same WASP origins- I think only the massive influx of immigrants that we’ve seen in the last hundred years has made some of us forget that war.
Now, my point was that an army in your streets is an army in your streets, and that it does not matter what they call themselves, be it “liberators”, “peacekeepers”, “occuiers”, etc. The people who live there will fight the force that is not their own, just as I would expect that I or any American would if a foreign army landed on our shores, as in the awesome, second-only-to-Roadhouse movie, “Red Dawn.”
The Communists thought themselves liberators, I’m sure- liberating others from capitalism? Maybe not towards the end, but when the idealogy was the cool shit to do, they certainly did, just as we believe that forcing democracy on other countries will always work, even though it is proven that some countries don’t A)want democracy or B)Can’t handle it.
So what you end up with is an army of “liberators” or whatever the fuck you want to call them, being attacked by isolated insurgent groups ala every guerilla war in history. It is not comparable to the Civil War in this regard- you know as well as I do, Thunder, that someone suggested taking the war to the mountains, and Lee waved it off as nonsense… though he well knew that that war could have gone on forever if they had continued that, much like the American Revolution in the Southern Colonies with Nathaniel Greene.
I am arguing the premise that at this point, the war in Iraq is utterly unwinnable because of the military situation.