September 16, 2019

History of resistance

A few comments on Moorhead Kennedy’s column, “Terrorists and resistance fighters” (BDN, Dec. 23).

The army that left Boston in 1775 to march on Concord was a British Army stationed on British soil, charged with enforcing British law on British subjects, not all of whom objected to their presence.

From Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Concord Hymn,” “By the rude bridge that arched the flood,/ their flag to April’s breeze unfurled/ here once the embattled farmers stood,/ and fired the shot heard round the world.”

Doesn’t sound like much of an ambush and the ensuing fight became a running gun battle. Men on both sides took refuge behind whatever cover they could find.

Kennedy has a hard time distinguishing the French resistance of World War II from the present Iraqi resistance. What is so difficult? The French wanted their freedom back. The Iraqis have more freedom than they have had for years. The German Army was in France to stay.

The U.S. Army will leave once the Iraqis establish what we hope will be a freely elected, representative government and the ability to maintain it.

Could it be that the resistance is fighting to prevent such a government? Just maybe they are fighting for the freedom to put another despot on the throne and return Iraq to the hell hole out of which we just dug them.

Richard H. Hill

Blue Hill

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