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A former commander of the UN Protection Force in Bosnia, Rose (Fighting for Peace: Bosnia '94) analyzes and compares American policies in the Iraq War with those Britain used during the America Revolution, focusing on both countries' approaches to combating insurgents. Rose draws parallels between Britain's inability to understand what motivated American rebels and George W. Bush's misunderstanding of Islamic insurgents in Iraq. Ultimately, Rose's focus is more on the American Revolution than the Iraq War. Prone to general statements, he writes that the loyalties of irregular forces cannot necessarily be relied on: some will move to the winning side; some may become uncommitted. He applies a theory about the Continental fighters in the American Revolution to Iraq: that the local population may be roughly divided into thirds-one-third in favor of the insurgents, one-third siding with the ruling powers, and one-third uncommitted. As a brief history, the text is fine, but more rigorous explication of and comparison to the conflict in Iraq would have helped orient readers. Still, Rose makes several good points, both historical and in criticism of our current policies in Iraq. Suitable for public libraries.
—Matthew J. Wayman