Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Particulars from the Generals.

One reason I like to read The Belmont Club is because Wretchard has a good writing style. He has a way with words.

No matter how good a person is with words this is not enough to become a good blogger. One needs to offer something else. Whether that something is reporting, analysis or opinion it matters little but a good writer writing poetry does not draw me (most of the time).

In Wretchard's commentary section a troll has reemerged. This troll constantly accuses Wretchard and his supporters of being stuck in WWII. He claims we do not recognize the differences between the situation in Iraq and WWII, he says Iraq is exactly like Algeria and Vietnam and we refuse to recognize that.

Wretchard has commented plenty on various similarities of Iraq and Algeria. IIRC he noted that Muslim on Muslim violence was a major thing in Algeria and it did not prevent the French from losing control the situation there. No doubt that is part of the terrorists plans, to show the average Iraqi the coalition and the new Iraqi government can not provide security.

Wretchard spends most of his time commenting on things which are general to fighting period. It matters not a bit if the Iraq situation is more like Vietnam than WWII, the terrorists in Iraq still need to move men and materials. The Germans had to solve those problems, so too did the Vietcong, and so too do the Iraqi terrorists.

The same thing with technological means of waging war. Each side in all conflicts adapts more effective weapons and the other side responds by developing appropriate countermeasures.

It is pretty obvious to everyone concerned the Iraqi terrorists are not going to challenge The Coalition openly. Sure it happens from time to time we hear about a base getting attacked by massed numbers of terrorists but they get - killed quickly. This is why it is important for our forces to carry the attack to them, to force the terrorists into situations where they must fight openly.

This is the reason many career military people are historians. They study history to separate and apply the particulars and the generalities of an historical event.