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The Gandhi Factor
Originally posted by convair1948 at 2007-6-8 08:39
The examples on North Korea, Vietnam, Afganistan, Iraq you proudly wave as a flag, is in fact my point. "There Entire Military Arsenal Was Distroyed". We indeed lost the wars or brought them to a draw - but that was politicians and policies, not the machines of war.
Been watching this debate for a while, but yet to see the real question asked:
If the U.S. Armed Forces were led by Mao or Stalin - would there really be a communist China, communist Vietnam, or a Wabbhist Middle East? Or just a collection of gulags, mass graves, and "re-education camps"?
Honestly, would we see a leader like Genghis Khan or the First Emperor of China care about world option when dealing with an enemy? Or would they stack the severed heads up high and dare someone to open their mouths?
What U.S. is dealing with is what the British had to deal with in Gandhi - trying to defeat an opponent within a very rigid set of standards, morals, and public option.
And it is what China will have to deal with as it tries to project a "friendly, benign" image to the world - awhile trying to bury the hatchet deep inside a nationalist skull.
As you can witness from the British and U.S. actions - it can be a very tricky game.
[ Last edited by tradervic at 2007-6-11 07:40 AM ]