El Salvador: Mini-Vietnam?

April 1982
National Review;4/2/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 6, p337
The article focuses on the similarities in the war in El Salvador and the Vietnam War in terms of intensity. As in Vietnam, the external connections of the guerrilla movement in El Salvador give it a permanent guarantee against final defeat. Like the Vietcong, their mission is merely to wreck the existing social and economic arrangements. Moreover, in El Salvador, as in Vietnam, the U.S. approach has been reactive and incremental. Also, in El Salvador, as in Vietnam, the military is allowing the enemy to control the dimension of time that is an enormous political and psychological advantage.


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