The difference was enforcement and the rigor of American led efforts in Iraq and European reticence in Bosnia.
This is the rigor of Wolff's defense of his work: nolo contendere, and the accuser is a temporary resident of a prison.
Yet by equating their engineering with Teutonic rigor the Germans have created the impression of an exclusive proprietary quality.
late 14c., from Old French rigor "strength, hardness" (13c., Modern French rigueur), from Latin rigorem (nominative rigor) "numbness, stiffness, hardness, firmness; roughness, rudeness," from rigere "be stiff" (see rigid).
rigor rig·or (rĭg'ər)
Shivering or trembling, as caused by a chill.
A state of rigidity in living tissues or organs that prevents response to stimuli.