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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Togs's Quotes Wednesday July 2

“As long as imperialism exists, it will, by definition, exert its domination over other countries. Today that domination is called neocolonialism. “
- Ernesto Che Guevara

“Vietnam was as much a laboratory experiment as a war. “
-John Pilger

“It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”Anonymous: statement issued by US Army, referring to Ben Tre in Vietnam; in New York Times 8 February1968

“We are the unwilling, led by unqualified, doing the unnecessary for the ungrateful.”Graffito, Vietnam War, 1970“Anyone who isn't confused doesn’t really understand the situation.”
Ed Murrow, American Television Journalist on the Vietnam War 1970, in Walter Bryan The Improbable Irish (1969)

“The belief that one Marine was better than ten Slopes saw Marine squads fed in against known N.V.A. [North Vietnamese Army] platoons, platoons against companies, and on and on, until whole battalions found themselves pinned down and cut off. That belief was undying, but the Grunt was not, and the Corps came to be called by many the finest instrument ever devised for the killing of young Americans.”
Michael Herr’s Khesanh published in Tom Wolfe’s New Journalism.

“They were our best friends and whatever we needed we got, and did not cost a penny. We never made a grant, never made a loan, never made a gift. They bought their planes, ammunition, their guns, trucks, they bought all of whatever they needed to carry on the war for us, and paid a fair price.”
Ed Clark, US Ambassador to Australia 1965-68 from the film Allies.

“Lyndon Johnson always thought that Australia was the next large rectangular State beyond El Paso, and treated it accordingly.”
Marshall Green, US ambassador to Australia 1973-75 from the film Allies.

“I remember one night a very senior American officer, who was a close friend of mine, said he had nothing but praise for the expertise and discipline of the Australian soldier. He told me, ‘We really like having you guys here.’ And I said, ’Why’s that? And he said, ‘You’re very good, you’ve helped us a lot….it’s like the British having the Ghurkhas, we have the Australians.”

Brian Day in John Pilger’s A Secret Country.
“Insanity is a kind of innocence.”
Graham Greene’s The Quite American
Quotes compiled by John/Togs Tognolini each week , check out Togs's Place.Com

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