Afrikaners is plesierig!

I just saw a doccie on UKHistory about the Boer War. Man did we kick the shit out of the then mighty Poms! I never realised it was such a big deal in Europe at the time though. The whole angle of the British back then was to get their hands on “our” gold & diamonds. Doesn’t that ring any bells (nudge nudge wink wink)?

As an Afrikaner, I’m proud of the way that we refused to give in to the English. In the same way I wonder how, in time, the world will see the Iraqis that refuse to bow to the Americans now. If you think about it they have nothing left, but they still keep on fighting. You have to admire their resolution, if not their means. I bet you even the Americans in time will admit that. After all the Confederates (Bush is known to support the Southern Cause) were in excactly the same position at Gettysburg in the American Civil War in 1863.

That is the thing about war. It is all so relative. I don’t think you can make the Iraqi soldiers into the “bad” guys. They’re just protecting what they think is theirs. Or am I totally wrong?

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  1. As a fellow Saffa, I completely agree that the Boers were a force to be reckoned with and I too am proud of the struggles overcome by our forefathers (although teknically my ancestory is British).

    However, an even more prevalent struggle from South Africa which failed to crack your nod is the way the ANC (all black political parties in fact) fought for so long to abolish apartheid. I cannot imagine what it would be like to still live in South Africa under the old regime … so much has changed, and while it has it’s downside, I believe that the New South Africa is much much better than the old.

    I do however disagree with your comments about the Iraqi resistance. I’m more inclined to think that the majority of Iraqi’s feel better off without Saddam(even though they probably dislike the Americans and British), and that most of the continuing violence is not caused by old regime Iraqi militia, but rather from outside factions either directly or indirectly linked to terrorist organisations like Al Qaida.

    There was a power struggle where Iraqi Shia rebels loyal to the Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr fought over control of Falluja recently, but they have struck a deal and are in the process of handing over weapons. This is a clear sign while all is not well in Iraq, the current occupation by coalition forces is the only option most iraqi’s have at the moment. If they leave, then you might expect Iraq to end up like Afghanistan with the Taliban in power …..

    No one is saying the Iraqi Soldiers are the bad guys …. because lets face it there aren’t any … the bad guys are the foriegn ensurgents who are committing acts of terrorism against Coalition Forces and innocent Iraqi people alike.

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