Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Homeland Security

Jon Carroll in the Chron:

"-- The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, said, 'I don't see any shadows of Vietnam here in Iraq.'

The most surprising thing about Vietnam, at least for us civilians, was the realization that overwhelming military superiority did not equal victory. So every time I hear about helicopter gunships swooping down on squads of riflemen, or rockets launched into mosques, I think: This is not a fair fight.

Oh, we'll kill a lot more of them than they will of us, for our sins. We're losing anyway. We can't win, not because we aren't strong or brave or dedicated, but because we don't live there and we don't want to live there. People fight for their native soil. They don't give up. They can't be pacified.

It's not about right or wrong. It's not about freedom. It's about land and blood and historical fatigue. There's the shadow of Vietnam right there. "

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