There’s been some hand wringing about the alledged imposition of Shari’a law in Fallujah. Personally I see it as a feature, not a bug. Via this chain we have a letter from a Marine about the situation. It’s worth reading, but the summary is that that insurgents in Fallujah turn out to be, as expected, thugs who abuse and terrorize the locals.
Why is this a feature? Because the real battle is political, not military. While Reagan’s strength during the Cold War was a key feature in our victory, the weakness and brutality of the Soviet Empire was just as big a factor (this is a favorite meme of Orrin Judd). The one thing that such regimes cannot tolerate is counter examples to the poverty and oppression they provide. Yet that’s exactly what’s going on in and around Fallujah. Where the Marines are, there is growing prosperity and safety. Where the Marines aren’t is poverty and abuse. I expect the Iraqis, even the Sunnis, to draw the right conclusions from this.