Re: Send in the Marines
There's a passage in The Forever War by Dexter Filkins (a reporter who spent years in Afghanistan and Iraq during the last decade).
"... whenever the prospect of normalcy presented itself, a long line of Iraqis stood up and reached for it. Thousands of them, seeing the opportunity in the events of April 2003, had set out to build an ordinary country with ordinary ways [...] And they went to the slaughter. Thousands and thousands of them: editors, pamphleteers, judges, police officers and women like Widjan al-Khuzai. The insurgents were brilliant at that. They could spot a fine mind or a tender soul wherever it might be, chase it down and kill it dead. The heart of a nation. The precision was astounding."