We tend to think now of Vietnam as a US defeat and Afghanistan as a Soviet defeat. Of course, technically neither is true. Both US and Sviet armies withdrew undefeated, just as the US will withdraw technically undefeated from Iraq. The reason the previous wars were seen as defeats was because both armies were perceived to be withdrawing because the of the unpopularity at home and in the country of the armies staying and because the US failed to keep allies in power long term in Vietnam, as the Soviets failed to keep allies in power long term in Afghanistan. In Iraq, admittedly Saddam is dead, but apart from that, the situation long term looks suspiciously similar. A failed attempt to turn the country into a US protectorate, a nasty protracted war, followed by a US withdrawal under pressure from public opinion in the US and in Iraq, and then, probably, a long term rejection of US influence in the country. All the more reason for Israel to make major concession for peace voluntarily now, not be forced into even more major concessions later.
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