TORONTO: History proves that strength of an empire or state depends on the might of its military. The ambition to rule the world calls for a strong military. Does this necessarily jeopardise civilian rule? McChrystal’s removal shows that perhaps it doesn’t. The post-Napoleon world is ruled by civilians with decision-making powers. Hence, military adventurists are subservient to civilian political masters. This equilibrium is essential to prevent reckless militaristic adventurism and the resulting collapse of the state.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2010.