The Longest Supply Lines

Henry C.K. Liu hliu at mindspring.com
Sat Mar 29 21:27:10 MST 2003


Dessalines was born a slave in Grande-Riviere-du-Nord, Haiti. In his
early life he served as an officer in the French army. In 1791,
Dessalines became a part of the freedom movement that lead to the total
abolition of slavery in Haiti in 1793. After fighting under General
Toussaint L'Ouverture against British and Spanish soldiers attempting to
take the Haitian colony from France, Dessaline fought again under
Toussaint to expel the French from Haiti. In 1802, when the French
arrested Toussaint, Dessalines became the revolution's leader. The
French, under General Rochambeau (successor of LeClerc who had died of
malaria earlier), were finally defeated at the famed Battle of Vertieres
on November 18th, 1803. Notably, it is Dessalines' victory over
Rochambeau in Vertieres that forced Napoleon to abandon his bid for the
control of Louisiana and eventually, the rest of the 'New World'.

Will the Battle of Baghdad force the US to abandon its bid for the
control of the Mid East and eventually, the rest of the world ?

Henry C.K. Liu

bon moun wrote:
> Dessalines defeated Napolean's finest by allying himself with the wet
> season, when he knew yellow fever would tear through the French ranks
> like a deadly storm.
>
> At this level, the battle is between societies, and a perverse reverse
> Darwinism asserts itself... foreshadowing the future in many ways I
> suspect.  What is the net "entropic load" embodied within one US GI and
> one Fedayeen?  These big, bad Marines are connected to a very costly -
> in both monetary and eco-social terms - umbilicus.  It leads to us.


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