Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Austin Bay on the Iraq/Vietnam comparison

It's not only the American left that is having trouble understanding the difference, Zarqawi is too:

On April 2 and again on April 4, the terror gang led by Al Qaeda's Iraq
commander, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, launched "military-style attacks" on the Abu
Ghraib prison complex in Baghdad. In the April 4 assault, U.S. forces took 44
casualties (most of them minor wounds). The terrorist gang, however, took 50
casualties, out of a force estimated at 60 gunmen.

On April 11, the gang attacked a Marine compound at Husaybah near
the Syrian border. As I write, terrorist casualties are unconfirmed, but the
assault flopped.


Iraq, however, is no Vietnam. The Vietnam War was strategic defense, a
bitter Cold War "battle of containment." The War on Terror is a strategic
political and military offensive directed at the dictators and theocrats who
rule by death squad and export terror -- and it's a war we are winning.

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