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... that seems a bit flimsy to me.

Peacemaking as described in the Wikipedia? (not necessarily an authoritative source, of course)

Peacemaking is a form of conflict resolution which focuses on establishing equal power relationships that will be robust enough to forestall future conflict, and establishing some means of agreeing on ethical decisions within a community that has previously had conflict. When applied in criminal justice matters it is usually called transformative justice. When applied to matters that do not disrupt the community as a whole, it may be called mindful mediation.

The term peacemaking however is reserved for large, systemic, often factional conflicts in which no member of the community can avoid involvement, and in which no faction or segment can claim to be completely innocent of the problems. For instance, a post-genocide situation, or extreme oppression such as apartheid.

Its not clear to me why an amphibious assault vessel is required for that, or for humanitarian and rescue tasks, nor for peacekeeping tasks. The role that the vessel is designed to perform is close support for an amphibious landing under fire.

And the same with a heavy carrier ... the Force Review distinction between the existing light carriers and the heavy carrier is that the light carriers were not entirely satisfactory when engaged in offensive operations.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Tue Oct 14th, 2008 at 10:14:27 PM EST
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