History strongly suggests that, once such internecine warfare gets underway, it is extremely hard to stop without external intervention. Violence begets more violence. Vendettas poison relations between neighbors. Though low-intensity conflict can continue inconclusively for decades (think of
Sri Lanka), it is also possible for the killing to increase exponentially ( Bosnia, ) until large-scale ethnic cleansing has created homogeneous statelets. Rwanda
- buy out the militiamen by paying for and then decommissioning their weapons,
- bribe the tribal sheiks (old elites) to support peace-building, and
- turn to the permanent Security Council members plus Germany and Japan to aid in reconstruction.
The Sunnis know that the American invasion put an end to their privileged status in
One of the problems with