Royal Screwup

Elkins, Caroline
December 2005
New Republic;12/19/2005, Vol. 233 Issue 25, p16
This article focuses on the use of a "hearts and minds" anti-insurgency campaign in Iraq, and comparisons to Great Britain's 1948 "heart and mind" counter insurgency campaign in Malaya. The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is pointing to Britain's campaign in Malaya as a model for Iraq, but Britain restored order only through draconian powers that came at a high price for local civilians. The British campaign is not a model, but a warning to the dangers of continuing the current strategy in Iraq.


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