Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Washington Post, Two Years Later ...
Two years ago, Robert E. Looney, a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, wrote in The National Interest: "Yet, particularly worrisome is the convergence of large segments of the Iraqi insurgency with elements of organized crime. Unfortunately, improved anti-terrorism effectiveness has resulted in increased criminal activity by several significant groups within the insurgency.
"So while the political and military aspects of the insurgency have received most of the world's attention, the insurgency's subtle shift toward increased reliance on criminal activity has implications that are just as important for the Iraqi economy. Increased criminal activity is effectively stifling attempts to expand the formal sector."
His piece, the "Business of Insurgency" provided a great deal of detail on these processes.
Glad that either the U.S. military or the Post is getting on to the story, even if it is two years later.