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  •  French intrumental in freeing 13 colonies (0+ / 0-)

    Rebels couldn't have done it on their own...

    Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

    by Clay Claiborne on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 03:40:49 PM PDT

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    •  The American revolutionaries did a lot more (0+ / 0-)

      to gain their freedom from Britain than the rebels in Libya have done to gain their freedom from Gaddafi.

      The French were not preparing the ground for the step by step advance of the American revolutionaries.

      There is absolutely no comparison to the aid France gave in the American Revolution compared to that of NATO in Libya.

      Here's a history lesson for you:
      France in the American Revolutionary War
      North American operations

      •  It is not a close comparison for several reasons (0+ / 0-)

        1)  More than half of the colonists supported Britain and the king. Although that changed after the Independence was achieved many loyalists were active and opposed Washington and other revolutionaries. Some fled to Canada and some continued to oppose the effort all during the war.

         2) The presence of a number of genuine freedom fighters, like Polish army officers escaped from a failed independence effort in Europe and others who were commercial and political rivals of the British were a huge help to the young revolution.

         3)The combination of former British officers, foreign officers with experience and indigenous Americans experienced in the French and English wars made a difference to the leadership of the American effort.  The situation was a war between rebels and a remote dictatorship being truncated to where its supplies and efforts (sourced from overseas )were difficult to sustain.

        Quaddafi even now is still as far as is known on the ground somewhere in Libya being a die hard holding his narrowing base of tribal support.  Much different than the British combination of mercenary and unwilling troops.

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