A plan for Iraq?
With little legitimacy a new leader faces a brutal civil war in his multi-ethnic country. On 18 August, he issues a memorandum to the henchman of his beleaguered minority party. Reconciliation is farthest from his mind; but Lenin's 1918 plan succeeds ... all too well.
1. Hang (hang without fail so the people see) no fewer than one hundred known kulaks [small farmers], rich men, bloodsuckers.
2. Publish their names.
3. Take from them all the grain.
4. Designate hostages -- as per yesterday's telegram. Do it in such a way that for hundreds of versts [one verst is about one kilometer] around, people will see, tremble, know, shout: they are strangling and will strangle to death the bloodsucker kulaks. . . .
P.S. Find . . . truly hard people.