It’s pretty easy to simply say that the troop surge is taking hold. Yeah, us! Go, Team! But there’s more to it than just that. As I read the article and saw the list of things that the forces are supposed to be doing, I smiled.
- "Serve the population: give them respect: gain their support."
- "Live among the people: you can't commute to this fight."
- "Walk: stop by, don't drive by: patrol on foot and engage the population."
- "Promote reconciliation: we cannot kill our way out of this endeavour."
I’ve heard these things before. Sure, with different words, and different specifics, but the same sentiment and approach. Where was it that I heard these things? From my mission president, twenty years ago, in Honduras.
Could it be we were doing something right way back then?