Academic Elephant posts about a young army specialist's philosophical view of governance:
The way I see it, there are two ways to rule people. There’s ruling by inspiration, and there’s ruling by fear. It’s harder to achieve inspiration, but if you can get there in the long run it’s easier because you inspire people to take initiative to do things for themselves. Ruling by fear is easier until that day that people stand up to you, and all your power goes away.Our soldiers are truly inspirational. Read the whole thing here.
We’re trying to help the Iraqis find their inspiration. The insurgents are trying to rule by fear.