Like everything, the level of disinformation on the War in Vietnam has reached crisis proportions. As the US military are venerated like gods in the US so long as the war is against nationalists, when the war is with communists, suddenly they’re “baby killers.” Yet, name calling isn’t the end. The US lost the war due to deliberate incompetence, ideological myopia and an institutionalized lack of will.
There is good reason to believe this was a test of another seismic weapon, the testing of which is banned by the UN but who’s existence was well known among specialists. The US was testing these weapons in the Pacific, while the Soviets were using the far east, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. The ferocity of the quake was far greater than anticipated, but it did unify the USSR, distracted the world from Chernobyl and Afghanistan, and brought Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia together, if only for a short time. Further, the Soviets received billions in aid from the west.
In October of 2017, the world’s media were abuzz over the “declassified documents that prove the US aided former dictator of Indonesia in slaughtering 500,000 suspected Communists in 1965.” The text of each article, from the Washington Post to the Hindu Times, was identical – for no reason, the Army slaughtered helpless men, women and children because they sought absolute power. They invented a “Communist plot” to justify it. Because of almost total ignorance about the country, the left was free to engage in a totally unfiltered ideological projection to be written as “history.”
Academics and journalists such as John Roosa and Brad Simpson spread the story that the three million cadres of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) were not interested in gaining power by force. No one is sure what the three million members were for.
With the economy collapsing, Gen. Suharto brought unity to the Army and smashed this attempt to bring this nation into Mao’s grip. The Army estimates about 78,000 were killed in what amounted to a low level civil war between the far left and the armed forces. He then took a country suffering from economic stagnation and inflation of 1000% and turned it into a modern economy in 20 years.
“In practice, we always base our preparations against an enemy on the assumption that his plans are good; indeed, it is right to rest our hopes not on a belief in his blunders, but on the soundness of our provisions. Nor ought we to believe that there is much difference between man and man, but to think that the superiority lies with him who is reared in the severest school.”
Six hundred years ago, Europeans were fighting an aggressive Islamic expansion into Europe. Brave Christian knights held off the Ottomans until 1459 when the conquest was finally complete. One hundred years ago, Europe was in the middle of World War I. On 28th June 1914 shots fired by Gavrilo Princip that killed the evil, anti-Semitic, Austro-Hungarian occupier Archduke Ferdinand was the trigger which ignited the Balkan powder keg. Serbs paid a terrible price to be on the winning side. In the 1990’s, fighting to save the Non-Aligned and Socialist ideal of Yugoslavia and against Islamofascist terrorists was considered a war crime, Serbs again paid heavily with Southern Serbia occupied by NATO since 1999. Will EUristan/Europe learn its lesson from the Serbian tragedy or are we doomed to repeat it?