This is a study in principles of military history. It’s here because it’s relevant to modern-day American life. Follow along even if at first you can’t see why it’s relevant; I’ll explain.
Pacification: the process of inducing peace on a population, often by forcibly suppressing or eliminating hostile elements
The United States has an excellent track record fighting wars, but historically we’ve had decidedly mixed results ending them, from Vietnam to the Wars On Drugs and Terror. We’re not unique; enforcing peace on a hostile populace is not a task for which modern armies, particularly those of nations with modern sensibilites, are well suited. In ancient times, it was the custom to brutally suppress the conquered with mass slaughter and slavery, but such methods (more…)
This might look deadly boring at first glance, but hang on; there’s a twist at the end.
Detroit was once one of the great industrial centers of the United States, home to vast automobile factories and all the things that go to making that happen. Its location between two of the Great Lakes and at one of the few land connections between the United States and Canada make it one of the great commercial centers of the world. Or rather, it should be.
Instead, due to a century of mismanagement and pervasive organized crime, Detroit has become an object lesson to other cities as “what not to be”. It’s hardly (more…)