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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Why Iraq isn't Vietnam!

The always excellent Christopher Hitchens has a great article on why those people who call Iraq "the next vietnam" have no idea what they are talking about. Here is a moneyshot : American generals and policymakers could never agree as to whether the guerrillas in Vietnam were self-supporting or were sustained from the outside (namely the northern half of their own country). However one may now view that debate, it was certainly true that Hanoi, and the southern rebels, were regularly resupplied not by minor regional potentates but by serious superpowers such as the Warsaw Pact and China, and were able to challenge American forces in battlefield order. The Iraqi "insurgents" are based among a minority of a minority, and are localized geographically, and have no steady source of external supply. Here the better comparison would be with the dogmatic Communists in Malaya in the 1940s, organized principally among the Chinese minority and eventually defeated even by an exhausted postwar British empire. But even the die-hard Malayan Stalinists had a concept of "people's war" and a brave record in fighting Japanese imperialism. The Iraqi "insurgents" are dismal riff-raff by comparison. Go read it! Ohh, and the next time some anti-war leftie tells you that this is the next vietnam tell them to go read a book, after delivering a swift kick to their asses of course ! It's for their own good. Trust me on this!

6 Comments:

At 2/01/2005 06:40:00 AM, Blogger Jeffrey said...

Sandmonkey,

Here in the States on the Sunday Friends of Democracy show we watched Hitchens eviscerate the Union of Journalistic Useful Idiots. It wasn't pretty. Man, the way that guy thinks, speaks, and writes is devilishly good. He absolutely suffers no fools.

Kat, I believe, has written about Hitchens' comments directed at the press's abdication of journalistic standards over the last two years. She's right.

Rock on!

*

 
At 2/01/2005 06:53:00 AM, Blogger Louise said...

Sandmonkey, Hitch is one of my favourites. I'll have to read it after work. Gotta go now, so you have a good evening.

 
At 2/01/2005 06:18:00 PM, Blogger Louise said...

Mighty fine read, that Mr. Hitchens. Thanks for the tip, Sandmonkey.

 
At 2/01/2005 07:33:00 PM, Blogger Kat said...

Dude...did you see the pictures of GI joe being captured by the insurgents and threatening to cut his head off if their "female prisoners" were not released?

Must have been some kid or somebody with a sick sense of humor. The AP and Rueters ran with it and now had to take it down before they got hammered but it was too late. Lots of folks took pics of their websites. This is the mujihadeen.

crack ups.

 
At 2/02/2005 03:35:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

I kinda loved the fact that they were using his toy machine gun for the picture. It was an interesting choice.Lol

 
At 2/22/2006 10:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Checking other blogs for ideas and came across yours. Nice job. If you get a chance stop by. Vietnam in Pictures ---Jack---

 

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