But although there is certainly reason for concern, it's important to put the attacks and the casualty rate in perspective, and not to fall prey to media-fanned hysteria about "another Vietnam."
First, there's the historical perspective: The last attack on Allied troops in occupied Germany took place in 1949, four years after the war's end.
Moreover, America is not facing a popular uprising in Iraq. If it were, then things would be much, much worse.
Then there's the geographical perspective: It's not as if the whole country is in flames. Almost all the problems are in Baghdad, the violence having shifted there from the Sunni triangle north and west of the capital.
Really good stuff. Read it all here.
Tuesday, July 08, 2003