An article in the Washington Post by Amit Paley makes the case that the Iraqi insurgency is as much about cash as conviction.

The relationship between organised crime and terrorism is not new. The General shouldn’t be advising his people to be watching the Sopranos but reading some of the better expose’s of IRA/Sinn Fein and other Northern Irish terrorist groups.

Organisations like Sinn Fein turned ‘The Struggles’ into a very good business. The question becomes: Will the US military learn from the lessons of the very recent past and exploit them?