To: Austin Willard Wright
To quote Rummy, "the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." The fact that there is no readily available statistic on post-WWII casualties does not mean that the comparison breaks down. It seems far more meaningful that in both cases, there were/are guerilla movements aimed at fighting the occupation. In the case of WWII, this did not in the long run impede successful reconstruction. Time will tell whether Iraq can be reconstructed.
The fact that every postwar occupation period entails some guerilla action should not surprise us, nor reflect negatively on the prospects for long-term stability.
posted on 07/28/2003 10:18:57 AM PDT
A few people compared in potshots here are here are trivial compared to the current death toll of Americans. Making comparisons without evidence is irresponsible with all due apologies to Saint Rummy.
that's a few people killed.
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