Sunday, July 30, 2006

Echos of the Tet offense

(Marines fighting at the Hue Citadel during the 1968 Tet Offensive)
(Fall of Saigon)

EMPIRE ZONE BLOG TODAY

(From the NY Times endorsement of Lamont) “…Mr. Lamont, a wealthy businessman from Greenwich, seems smart and moderate…He does not have his opponent’s grasp of policy yet…”

In other words we have no idea what he really stands other than opposition to the war.

The voters should know his views on federal policy’s impact on housing costs and family breakdown, why our lavishly funded federal health establishment can’t control the obesity epidemic, and why illegal internet gambling (the “crack cocaine” of gaming) is allowed operate.

No big deal being opposed to the Iraq War. Even theRepublicans know it’s a mess. In my travels haven’t run into a single rank and file Republican who defended it.

Divorce is everywhere but we never try for a quickie divorce from a failed war. We were lucky the North Vietnamese won outright. Otherwise we’d be still there trying to win “hearts and minds”.

Neither Lamont or Lieberman address our most critical national defense issue: How can democracies fight 21st century asymmetric wars which there are no “civilians” by relying upon 20th century international laws of war which assume there are?

The issue is for all to watch today on the coverage of the Israeli attack on Qana!
Comment by MARK KLEIN, M.D. — July 30, 2006 @ 2:18 pm
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Israel just announced a 48 hour bombing pause. Brings back memories of the beginning of the end in Vietnam with the Tet offensive launched during the holiday ceasefire.

(from the Wikipedia} “Vietnamese tradition held that the turning of the lunar year should bring auspicious signs and gladness of heart; thus it had become customary for both sides to observe a truce during the holidays celebrations. In 1968, a thirty-six hour cease-fire had been agreed upon, to commence at midnight on January 30…A little after midnight on January 30, they assaulted the Nra Trang perimeter. All day long, from Quang Tri to CA Mau, in a barrage of rockets and mortars, they attacked provincial capitals and divisional headquarters. No target was too formidable. They attacked Bien Hoa, Cam Ranh Bay, and even Tan Son Nhut. Vietcong and NVA solidiers were fighting in the streets of Hue, DaNang, and Saigon itself…”

Besotted by a bread and circuses culture the West has lost its moral and spiritual compass. No wonder a bold and dynamic Islam is on the move. Not beyond the realm of possibility there’ll be a Caliphate extending across Europe all the way to Spain.

Israel is last Western style democracy which actually believes in itself. Should it disappear the West will fall into a second Dark Age.
Comment by MARK KLEIN, M.D. — July 30, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

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