Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Collateral damage, Vietnam-style (sound familiar?)

Neo-Neocon has been reading Lewis Sorley’s A Better War, perhaps the finest treatment of the Vietnam War after the 1968 Tet Offensive. It's an excellent book. I recommend it highly.

Sorley makes a good case that, after Tet and its Vietcong excesses against South Vietnamese civilians, the population of the South became far more united against the North. Until then, many of the urban areas of the South had not experienced for themselves the true nature of the invaders and their extreme disregard for the lives of their fellow Vietnamese. The process reminds me of the way in which the Iraqi people, even Sunnis, have turned on al Qaeda in the last year after experiencing al Qaeda’s bloodthirsty viciousness for themselves.

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