Justin Logan notes neoconservative Eli Lake’s Bloggingheadsed definition of “victory” in Iraq as “€œavoiding a competitive, confessional genocide.”

I continue to want to point out that there’s no particular reason to believe that the alternative to an endless US military presence in Iraq is genocide. As Daniel Chirot & Clark McCauley point out in their excellent study Why Not Kill Them All? The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder, genocide is by no means the typical response to civil conflict between ethnic groups and the odds of a particular conflict avoiding a degeneration to that point can be significantly enhanced by outside actors without resort to direct armed intervention.