that is clearly a brilliant new euphemism for "brutal military occupation". the colonialism in northern ireland has been about as brutal as any other occupation, yet in the minds of the brits, it's justified. the 'economist' is a past master at talking out of both sides of its mouth.
and these are the people who upbraid india for its acts in jammu and kashmir -- extreme bending over backwards to accommodate the mohammedans!
Can America and its Western allies avoid similar humiliation in Iraq and Afghanistan? Martin van Creveld, an Israeli military historian, argues that insurgencies have been almost impossible to defeat ever since Nazi Germany failed to suppress Josip Broz Tito's partisans in Yugoslavia. Winning such wars requires one of two tactics: extreme restraint and patience, as shown by the British over nearly 38 years in Northern Ireland; or extreme brutality, as shown by Syria in 1982 when the army destroyed much of Hama, a stronghold of Islamist rebels, killing at least 10,000 people. Any other method, says Mr van Creveld, risks being too harsh to win the support of the population but not harsh enough to cow it into submission.