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I recently finished reading End of the Line. It’s a novel written by a war correspondent at the Vietnam war, recounting the events at Khe Sanh. It was nice to finally read an account of this famous war from a non-American view point. The American view would lead you to believe America showed its might and dominated the North Vietnamese troops (even though they lost the war). One of the most surprising things I read about in this book was regarding all the bombing preformed by the Americans.

American troops were out of their league in Vietnam. They basically wanted to show the might of their firepower but that’s hard to do when you can’t even see your enemy. So American’s resorted to using B-52’s to drop bombs anywhere and everywhere. Bombs, tear gas, napalm anything and everything was used to flush out and destroy the enemy. American troops would go out on recon missions and as soon as they spotted some North Vietnamese troops, they would call in air strikes.

General Westmorland, commander of the American forces said in a statement after the war that the B52’s were very successful in shutting down the enemy, and played key roles in the war. The book also offers testimonials from North Vietnamese leaders stateing that they knew the flight paths, take off times, and targets of the B52’s well in advanced and therefore could easily avoid being annihilated and also set up anti-aircraft weapons and shoot down these seemingly menacing B-52’s.

General Vo Nguyen Giap, commander of the North Vietnamese has got to be one of the most brilliant military leaders ever. One thing I found interesting was his view about war in general. He believed that if the citizens were not behind a country’s decision to go to war, then the country had no purpose to go to war. To win a war, the people have to be in support of it. Giap knew American citizens wouldn’t stand for the Vietnam war so he prolonged it as much as he could resorting to guerrilla tactics. All the bombing and destruction of land didn’t help either. President Johnson finally had to withdraw American troops because of growing political pressure from American citizens. Giap also fought the war by doing whatever he needed to, whereas American troops were basically guided by political issues, hence General Westmorland stating the “effectiveness” of the B-52 bombers. Now I know war itself is useless, but being that as it may, you still have to respect the brilliance of Giap.

I especially liked one of his statements towards the end of the book:

“..Khe Sanh [was a piece of land that General Westmorland viewed as being extremely important to the North Vietnamese, and was crucial for Americans to defend this land] wasn’t that important to us. Or it was only as important to the extent that it was important to the Americans…Because look at the usual paradox that you will always find with the Americans: as long as they stayed in Khe Sanh to defend their prestige, they said Khe Sanh was important; when they abandoned Khe Sanh, they said Khe Sanh had never been important. Besides, don’t you think we won at Khe Sanh? I say yes”

I also say yes.

PS: Just for the record, I’m not anti-American. I just find the Vietnam war to be very interesting because of the fact that U.S. lost. After reading this book, I realize why there are very few movies based on this war; because America lost. For any one interested in movies about the Vietnam war, I recommend watching Platoon or Apocalypse Now. Excellent movies that really bring forth the horror and savagery of this war.

I installed a new version of wordpress. Its alot more user friendly and has neat features.

Open up the category button at the side so you can set your post in the specified category.

To set a mood for your post just open up the Custom Fields box at the bottom. Where it says “select” set it to “Mood” and then change the value to the mood you would like to use.

For images, a nice feature has been added. If you want to upload your own picture here on my site just browser for it below and then select a title and then hit upload. It should show up and then left click on it and click on copy image link. Now look up see that little tree button, click on that and paste in the image link and any other options you would like.

You can also change the typing window by draggit it higher or lower to your choosings. Its right under the vertical scroll bar, right above the Save/Publish button.

Enjoy Blogging.

Well, its been over 2 months now since i’ve posted. Doesn’t seem like this sites gonna dissapear anytime soon so might as well make use of it. I’ll try and post everyday (or as much as possible). The posts are going to be mainly based on my day-to-day experiences so they’re going to be pretty sad seeing as i live a pretty sad life.

School has started once agian. I’ve got CCT353 or some crap with rizwan. It made me realize how much i hated CCIT classes. Professor Hearn, what a crack head. Someone should buy her some anti-perspirant. Her black shirt always has a pool of rancid sweat under her arms. Its the dead of winter and she’s still producing oceans of sweat under her arms. Someone should also buy her a new wardrobe, she’s in need of one. Black shirts and brownish pants are all she wears. Seems like its going to be another year of looking around the room and making fun of other students.

Today class was fun. One of my professors was talking about ethics and said something stupid like “the executives and Enron didn’t do anything worng because they didn’t know what was going on”. My friend put up his hand and the prof acknowledged him. “Sir, are you on crack?” I couldn’t believe my friend just asked a professor if he was on crack. That was too funny. He later blamed me because i always use that phrase…”are you on crack?!”

i have to stop writing now because Rizwan the communist demands i stop posting.

I know about hustlers
But I wont mention no names
Cause they still got cases pending
And some are even appealing life in the cage
At least they made it past the first phase: they reached a certain age
Hustlins like AiDs, at first your infected with HIV
And then its full blown, only different is
Instead of havin no immune system
You become immune to the system, of havin dough, by a dealin blow
Its a fast life, and even if you survive your mind’ll die slow
Dirty money attracts dirty things
And if you plain to deal the dope, I hope your ready for the murder game
Cause thats what it brings
I’m not a preacher, I’m not tryna preach, no
I’m not a teacher, I’m not tryna teach, but
Yet like a faucet, I’m tryin to leak
Info to these youngns and their kinfolk
And let em know theres more to life than a key to coke
If you use to push weight, then you can relate, cause you’ve probably had a taste of
Hustlers Withdrawal

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