Just as I thought the days of pacification by artillery were over, out comes this blog post by Wired’s Noah Shachtman:
Last fall, many of Colonel Jon Lehr’s colleagues and subordinates in Iraq were spending their time sipping tea with tribal leaders and cutting deals with political chieftains, in an attempt to convince them to turn against the insurgency.
Col. Lehr, on the other hand, used a very different means of persuasion: firing off hundreds and hundreds of massive artillery rounds.
According to Lehr,
‘We do a lot more bullying — a lot more carrot than stick — than in a western culture. They understand power here. Fear. Intimidation. Artillery for days at the trigger point sends a message… Get your shit together, and we will help you, as opposed to hinder you. […] There are certain levels you have to sink to, in order to get business done.’
There’s more. Go read.