Bush’s Iraq war and ancient Athens’ lost Sicily war

Bush and Iraq, cartoon

From About Ancient / Classical History:

The Iraq War and the Sicilian Campaign

The Rogue Classicist noted an interesting article, by Brent T. Ranalli in The Globalist showing parallels between the modern war in Iraq and the the Athenian-led Sicilian Campaign of the Peloponnesian War in 415 B.C.

In The Iraq War and the Sicilian Campaign, Brent T. Ranalli says that there are 10 important areas of similarities between the two campaigns:

1. Motives as a parallel
2. Unilateralism
3. Inadequate preparation
4. Guerilla warfare
5. Inability to secure borders and supply chains
6. The hearts and minds
7. Taking advantage of a weak enemy
8. Creating foes out of friends
9. Waiting too long
10. Loss of faith

The Sicilian campaign is the one where a large fleet of Athenian and allied ships set sail for Sicily under the command of Alcibiades.

A few days later, Alcibiades was recalled to answer charges of sacrilege.

Bush, Genghis Khan, and Iraq: here.

Bush and the battle of the Somme: here.

Lawmakers call for Bush impeachment: here.

3 thoughts on “Bush’s Iraq war and ancient Athens’ lost Sicily war

  1. Dear friends,

    This Saturday, hundreds of thousands of Americans will march on Washington DC to demand peace and justice in Iraq and the Middle East. The global partnership Avaaz is working to raise a worldwide voice of solidarity through an international virtual march. Time is short, so add your voice and join the march today!


    Avaaz supporters in Washington have offered to carry real banners and placards at the US demonstration—showing how many internet marchers from all round the world are joining in. We will carry the flag of each country that generates more than 500 internet marchers, so tell your friends!

    As American opposition to this war mounts, Avaaz has mobilized over 45,000 people from over 100 countries to join the call to oppose Bush’s military escalation and demand a real plan to end this war.

    Can we get 75,000—even 100,000 people from round the world to join the march before Saturday?

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    This could signal the rebirth of the US peace movement. We need to show them the world is on their side. Let’s bring our call for peace to the streets of power in Washington. Join the global peace march and tell your friends today!


    –Eli Pariser
    MoveOn.org Political Action
    January 24th, 2006


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