Thursday, November 16, 2006

Defeating America's High Tech

The fact is that the handwriting was on the wall for American power as far back as Vietnam, when B-52s and napalm and millions of tons of bombs couldn’t defeat a relative handful of little brown people in black pajamas, each with an AK-47 and a few magazines and a handful of rice. Just as Israel, with all its made-in-America military muscle, never found a way to overcome the Palestinian teenager with the bomb strapped to his body, and America itself never found a way to beat the roadside bomb and the guy with the grenade on the back of a motorcycle in downtown Baghdad. The fact is that low tech can indeed defeat high tech, if there are some guts behind it.

-A Distant Thunder
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