"Decades" of Violence

"Northern Ireland, I think, taught you that very well. My counterparts in your [British] forces really understand this kind of operation... It took a long time, decades."--Gen. Petraeus

Morbidly Funny, one wouldn't expect General Petraeus to compare Iraq to Northern Ireland. I now understand American Imperialism so clearly.

And yet,
I am quite sure
the Strategy
to "handle"
Northern Ireland
didn't Include
a "Surge"
in Violence.