A powerful, righteous nation makes a military excursion into a troubled, complicated, divided country, determined to bring democratic lightness where there has been factional darkness.
Predictions are made that the invaders will be cheered in the streets. Instead, they are perceived as a dangerous other. The invading forces are resented, and individual members of those forces, perplexed by things not going as planned, find themselves bogged down in a hostile land on a deadly mission of ambivalent purpose.
Our inability to learn from history certainly has been useful for the Scottish playwright David Greig, and for his drama "Dunsinane," in which...