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Why I wasn’t posting for a while

It’s been almost 2 weeks since my post about Christina Aguilera.  The reason is because I ended up in charge of organizing a Protest Warrior action by San Diego Chapter on March 17.

In case you did not know, the leftists are organizing big demonstrations all over the country on March 17.  San Diego is no exception.  For details on their plans go to http://www.sdcpj.org/. Here is their flier.
Are you ready to be counted? We need to counter the defeatist message with our own demonstration in support of Victory. We have to make it obvious to the media, to our friends and foes alike, that there are Americans who do not support defeat and surrender. This Global War has a mission for everybody. Those of us, who do not carry guns as members of American or Allied Armed Forces, have to participate in the battle of public opinion.
The details of the operation will follow. For now just mark your calendars and prepare to be there roughly from 1pm to 4pm.
If you are in San Diego and planning to participate, sign up to San Diego Chapter of Protest Warrior message board at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SDPW/, as well as San Diego Chapter of Protest Warrior at www.protestwarrior.com.
You can also e-mail us at sandiegopw@gmail.com or leave comments on the San Diego Chapter of Protest Warrior blog.  You can also just show up in front of the NBC building on Broadway at 12:30pm next Saturday, March 17, 2007.

If you are in San Diego, I hope to see you there.

March 11, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

What is Victory?

My Canadian cousin left a comment on my post about my lonely Protest Warrior action.  While she agrees with the notion that our forces have to stay in Iraq because Iraq cannot be surrendered to Iranian Islamo-Fascists, she still asks: “What is Victory?”  Indeed, there will be no surrender documents signed in Rheims, Karlshorst or on a battleship.  By now it is very widely accepted by friends and foes alike that a Western-style democracy in Iraq is very unlikely in the near future, if ever.  What we have in Iraq is insurgency.  Thus, our forces are conducting a counter-insurgency campaign.  A victory in a counter-insurgency campaign is achieved when the insurgency stops.  Unsuccessful counter-insurgency campaigns in recent history are most often associated with American war in Vietnam and the Soviet war in Afghanistan.  But there was number of successful counter-insurgency operations.  Examples are:

Russian Caucasian War of 1817-1864;

The Anglo-Boer War;

The Philippine-American War (note some anti-American slant of Wikipedia);

Soviet suppression of the Baltic countries;

Soviet suppression of Ukrainian nationalists.

There were more, but this is enough for now.  These campaigns were conducted by democracies, an empire and a dictatorship.  So, there are quite a few differences between these campaigns.  But here is what they have in common:

1. Lack of outside support for the insurgency;

2. Willingness of the government forces to take and inflict casualties;

3. Patience of the government to conduct counter-insurgency operations for many years.

I doubt that the Soviet successes are good examples for us: I don’t think we would ever follow in Stalin’s footsteps.  Thus, perhaps the best example for us is the Philippines, now the loyal ally of the United States.  A lady who is a dental assistant in my dentist’s office told me stories her grandmother told her (she is a Filipino).  Her grandma told her that during World War 2, whenever there was a battle between American and Japanese Navies nearby, the local Filipino fishermen would always rescue the Americans from damaged ships, but finish off the Japanese.  Filipinos fought shoulder-to-shoulder with Americans against the Japanese.  Manuel Quezon, the first President of the Philippines, did participate in the anti-American insurgency in the early 20th century.  Apparently, he used to say: “Damn the Americans! Why don’t they tyrannize us more?”.  At the time he apparently was complaining about the difficulty of getting people to fight against the Americans (despite anti-American slant of Wikipedia).  So, I think that a counter-insurgency campaign that turned insurgents into loyal allies could be considered successful.  For reference I would recommend The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power by Max Boot and Small Wars Manual by United States Marine Corps.

So, what could be defined as victory in Iraq?  Simple: when the insurgency is over, there will be victory.  We will have to establish presence in Iraq in order to contain and, if necessary, fight against the Iranian Nazis.  It will probably take many years to pacify Iraq.  We just have to have the patience and political will to wait the insurgency out.  We also have to ensure that there is no outside support for the insurgency.  It might take some diplomatic or military action to do so.  But the most important thing is patience.  Without it we will lose simply because we will quit.

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