When will they ever learn?

By Richard Laming

Published in The Observer, 26 November 2006

There is a closer south east Asian parallel than Vietnam for the unfolding disaster in Iraq. (‘Time for your Vietnam history lesson, George’, Comment, last week).

Then, as now, an American invasion destroyed a country’s state infrastructure in pursuit of an unwinnable war, to be followed by bloody civil war in the chaos after the Americans withdrew. The parallel isn’t Vietnam, though; it is Cambodia.

Richard Laming, London SE1

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