Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Insurgence Day!

Current events often seem more like deja vu than history. This Fourth of July, watching various documentaries about the American Revolution, it's fascinating to see how our freedom was won by a group of insurgents who often flagrantly ignored the 18th century rules of engagement to defeat an enemy superpower, which sometimes committed atrocities against prisoners and civilians.

OK, maybe that's too shallow a comparison. American colonists were fighting for freedom and self-determination against an enemy that desperately wanted to stay; jihadists aren't fighting a war for freedom, but for religious cleansing, and their enemy would prefer to be anywhere but Iraq and Afghanistan. At any rate, you'd think we'd know how to defeat an insurgency since we have some practice at waging an insurgency.

Nonetheless ... deja vu all over again.


Chancelucky said...

I would mention that the reason the British marched on Lexington/Concord was because the colonists were reported to be storing arms there. We've also forgotten how divided the actual colonists were for the first part of the war, well even through the Hartford Convention all the way through independence and to the war of 1812.

I spent some of yesterday reading the Declaration of Independence, many of the grievances listed there are kind of haunting.

Ron Franscell said...

Loyalists vs. patriots ... like Sunnis vs. Shiites. Another odd parallel.