Saturday, July 03, 2010

Success By Any Other Name Would Be Failure

curv3ball over at The Poor Man Institute notes that David Petraeus' much-sanctified strategy in Iraq has left it the most violent country in the world, and links to the Global Peace Index to prove it. Here's the Bottom 10, on a scale of 1 to 149:

140 Democratic Republic of the Congo
141 Chad
142 Georgia
143 Russian Federation
144 Israel
145 Pakistan
147 Afghanistan
148 Somalia
149 Iraq

It takes quite a talent to pacify a country to the extent that "success" has rendered it even more violent than the DRC, where over 4 million people have been slaughtered in endless war and rape and mutilation have become the national sports.

Can victory in Afghanistan be far behind now?

(Oh, and just for fun, the U.S. rank is 85, placing us behind Brazil, China, Nicaragua, Cuba, Indonesia, Serbia, and of course, all of Europe, Canada, and all but 3 countries in South America.)

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