Fighting Like GentlemenThink of the dumb ways that wars used to be fought. In both the Revolutionary and even the Civil War, soldiers would simply form lines opposite each other, stand there and fire point blank into each other’s ranks. They stood like idiots (of course they weren’t, it was just the way things were done) opposite each other in the open, not even crouching, not even hiding. Soldiers would fall, and the last ones standing were the winners. They fought like gentlemen. How stupid! We finally did learn the lessons of war from the Native Americans, who did the ungentlemanly thing of hiding behind trees.
InsurgenciesInsurgents are causing problems all over the world, from the Philippines to Spain to Iraq. They blend in with the population, attack, then disappear back into anonymity. Guerilla warfare succeeded in the past in many places, as in Cuba and Vietnam.
Insurgencies, if they are large enough, and supported by enough of the populace, usually eventually win. There is no way you can beat them, short of extermination.
The Iraqi Insurgency and VietnamPresently, the U.S. is facing a powerful insurgency in Iraq. It is a useless endeavor for us unless the Iraqis begin to fight for their country. Too many Iraqis, evidently, are supporting the insurgency. It is a recipe for our failure. Unfortunately, and I’ve hesitated to say this, the situation is becoming similar to Vietnam.
First, because of the stubborn insurgency, and second, because of America’s unwillingness to fight to win, due to political correctness and/or fear of political ramifications.
How We Can Win in IraqFor us to win in Iraq, I believe, we have only two choices. We fight to win, or we become the insurgents.
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