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By Jerry Morelock
December 2018 • Vietnam Magazine

Beyond the VC and NVA, American GIs faced another “fearless enemy” in massive numbers.

Every single night, the enemy attacked our remote firebase in Vietnam in continuous, relentless waves. Fearlessly pressing forward while totally oblivious to their own casualties, they kept on coming. No matter how many of them we killed, more took their places and joined the attacks. These nightly assaults erupted on all sides of us, and no isolated nook or cranny of Fire Support Base Maude was safe from the repeated, fanatical attacks. Wave after wave. Attack after attack. Night after night.

We ruthlessly employed every available weapon in these “close quarter” encounters. We used rifles, pistols, bayonets, machetes, entrenching tools, our 105 mm howitzers’ trail handspikes, makeshift traps—and even our gloved fists and combat boots. In extremis, we grabbed our helmets and swung them mercilessly at the invaders. This combat was always hand-to-hand, quite literally a “tooth and nail” struggle that could only end at dawn’s arrival, when the suicidal enemy finally, grudgingly withdrew to sanctuaries at the base of the hill on which our firebase stood.

Every morning, we formed up in a long, continuous “line abreast” formation and, sweeping across our artillery battery’s position, gathered dozens upon dozens of enemy corpses. Then we unceremoniously tossed their lifeless bodies over our hilltop base’s steep sides and into the deep valley below. No eulogies were ever muttered over the piles of enemy corpses—this was a fight to the death, with no quarter asked or given.

Unlike the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army soldiers we faced, this fanatical enemy never entered combat armed with the communist troops’ preferred assault weapons—AK-47 rifles, hand grenades and explosive satchel charges—and they never attacked under a barrage of mortar, artillery or recoilless rifle fire. Instead, they charged mindlessly forward like legions of frenzied animals.

Well, of course they charged like “frenzied animals” since, as those who served in Vietnam will have discerned by now, those nightly attackers were, in fact, animals, massive hordes of huge, voracious creatures of the class Mammalia, order Rodentia, family Muridae, genus Rattus. In short, they were rats. They remain one of the most overlooked and underappreciated among wartime Vietnam’s innumerable animal and insect pests, which include malaria-carrying mosquitoes, poisonous snakes, rabies-infected bats, an occasional wild tiger or two, and disgusting, bloodsucking leeches infesting the waterways. GIs typically encountered mosquitoes, snakes, bats, tigers and leeches only when they were “out in the boonies,” but the persistent, ever-hungry, ubiquitous, nearly ineradicable rats seemed to exist and thrive even in the cleaner, better-maintained rear areas. They were virtually everywhere in Vietnam.

Rats were particularly a major infestation on the long-established firebases at remote locations in the field, usually situated well away from areas where the Vietnamese lived. My (admittedly unscientific) theory is that since the Vietnamese have long included rat meat “on the menu” as a viable, often-preferred source of protein, that dietary addition helped keep the rat numbers reasonably in check in the densely populated areas. Rat meat is reportedly quite flavorful, described by contemporary European food critics and gourmands variously as “resembling pork,” “akin to chicken,” “gamey…with a taste close to rabbit,” and “similar to squirrel” (the latter comparison quite understandable since squirrels, fellow rodents, are just “rats with bushy tails”).

This author will defer to the Vietnamese people and to European food critics regarding the taste of rat meat—although later in the war, when I was an American fire support adviser to South Vietnamese artillery units at Hue Citadel in the northern part of the country, I bravely sampled “dog-meat sparerib BBQ” (not too bad, actually) as a courtesy to my gracious Vietnamese counterpart hosts. I also tried a local delicacy consisting of a huge, deep-dish plate of coagulated chicken blood; it has the consistency of Jell-O served up in pielike slices and a taste that must be similar to licking rusty nails. But rat meat, thankfully, was never offered nor consumed. This may have been a cultural bias, but we Americans never considered cooked rat meat as an option for rodent population control.

Rat infestation, especially on the older firebases, was the direct, inevitable and predictable result of American GIs’ propensity for generating massive amounts of trash and garbage anyplace where they spent more than a few hours. An innovative graduate student or Ph.D. candidate could likely create a winning thesis or dissertation proposal by thoroughly researching and calculating the average pounds of garbage that the typical GI created during a 24-hour period in a combat zone during America’s 20th century wars.

At the long-term American firebases, usually on the summits of steep-sided hilltops, trash, kitchen garbage, empty C-ration cans and other things GIs considered no longer useful were routinely chucked over the firebase’s sides, accumulating in massive piles in the ravines surrounding the position. When I got to Vietnam in late 1971, rotting garbage, decomposing trash and fresh rubbish had been piling up at bases like mine since 1965, providing hordes of rats with the perfect “breeding and feeding” environment.

A single pair of rats can produce as many as 2,000 descendants in one year, and therefore the proliferation of rats in one location is often astonishingly huge. Multiply 2,000 by the number of rat pairs congregating in a firebase’s garbage dumps, then multiply that figure by the progeny of each pair’s equally prolific descendants and finally multiply by the years the firebase has been in existence, and you get an idea of the unbelievably gigantic scope of the problem—and that massive total is just for one base! Although as a West Point cadet I barely managed to squeak through our obligatory and miserable two years of “advanced mathematics,” it doesn’t take a math genius to figure out that the total, countrywide number of those voracious rodents exceeded hundreds of millions, probably a low-end estimate.

Importantly, these Vietnamese rats were not the small, cuddly lab rats and pet mice familiar to Americans. No, indeed! These large, dark-brown monsters seemed to reach the size of a typical house cat. Even the less-well-fed Mekong Delta “rice rats,” living off the rice paddies in that water-logged region of the country, could weigh as much as 13 pounds, so imagine the size of our “firebase rats” that enjoyed an even more calorie-rich diet.

Sporting razor-sharp incisors that could chew through plastic-coated steel communications wire, chain-link fences and even 1- to 2-inch diameter lead pipes, these monster rats were genuinely the frightening stuff of nightmares. Think of the horrifying “waves of rats” scene in the claustrophobic Venice catacombs of the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, or, even more terrifying, the 1971 film Willard, in which legions of predatory rats go on a rampage and eventually devour the main character. I’m talking about those kind of rats!

My own stark and dramatic introduction to the overwhelming rat infestation on Vietnam’s firebases occurred in early 1972, ironically, the Chinese “Year of the Rat.” I was still a relative newbie in Vietnam then. I had arrived on Thanksgiving Day in 1971, having left the United States on Nov. 24, my son’s first birthday (which we celebrated a few days before I departed from McChord Air Base at Fort Lewis, Washington). By the end of 1971 President Richard Nixon’s “Vietnamization” of the war was in full swing, shifting major combat operations to South Vietnamese control. Only two U.S. ground combat brigades were still in-country: the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), operating in the area around Saigon, and the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, the Americal Division’s last remaining brigade, in northern South Vietnam. I was sent to the latter.

I had a personal interview in Da Nang with Maj. James Broadus, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade. He was one of the finest officers the U.S. field artillery ever produced. When Broadus asked me what I wanted to do, I immediately replied: “Sir, I want to command an artillery battery as soon as possible!” Thankfully, he agreed.

I never dreamed that at this late stage in the war I would have the privilege of commanding a U.S. artillery battery in combat. I was a brand-new captain, just six months in grade and 2½ years from my Army commissioning. For the six weeks before assuming command of a battery, I worked as a battalion assistant operations officer, which gave me time to get acclimated to Vietnam and learn more about serving there.

In January 1972, I took command of the 3rd Battalion’s Charlie Battery, replacing Capt. Jim DeLoach. At that time, the battalion consisted of five batteries—three M102 105 mm howitzer batteries, one battery of M114 155 mm towed howitzers and a combined 8-inch howitzer/175 mm gun battery—positioned on five firebases forming a rough semicircle north, west and south of Da Nang, protecting the city and the vital U.S. Air Force base there. Fire Support Base Maude, aka Hill 350, about 10 miles due west of Da Nang, hosted Charlie Battery, which fired M102 howitzers.

On a clear day from the top of FSB Maude, towering above the surrounding flat terrain at 1,000 feet above sea level, one could easily see the South China Sea and all of the environs of South Vietnam’s second-largest city. During monsoon season, FSB Maude usually loomed above the billowy, white layer of clouds that stretched endlessly in every direction. It appeared as though one could walk on top of those clouds all the way to Da Nang.

FSB Maude, one of the original Marine firebases, dated back nearly seven years to March 1965. Maude was fortified, entrenched and enclosed by barbed wire. About two-thirds of the base was occupied by a 196th Light Infantry Brigade infantry battalion headquarters and an infantry company. A helicopter landing pad, our only contact with the outside world, was in the middle of the base. The northeastern third contained Charlie Battery, which consisted of four officers and about 80 cannoneers—the rest were in our Da Nang rear area.

Living conditions on FSB Maude were, understandably, primitive, with everyone occupying handmade “hootches” consisting of multiple steel culvert halves and dirt-filled, wooden 105 mm ammo boxes covered by several sturdy layers of sandbags. Still it was a step up from spending the night unprotected out in the boonies.

The only things that resembled a fixed structure were our battery “fire direction center” (which controlled our artillery fire support for infantry companies in the field) and the field kitchen “mess hall,” the highest and most vulnerable facility on FSB Maude. And even those structures were just sandbagged Conex containers—rectangular 8-by-6-by-6-foot steel shipping containers converted for combat use. Our 105 mm howitzers were in open firing pits, each surrounded by a circular 4-foot-high berm made of sandbag layers. A gun pit contained extra-
reinforced, sandbagged ammunition bunkers that gave us immediate access to 105 mm projectiles and their fuzes.

Yet, we did enjoy at least one comfort—a “hot shower.” About the size of a telephone booth, it was made from the remains of a canvas tent stretched over a wooden frame, topped by a 55-gallon drum filled with water heated by a standard, multifuel-burning, GI immersion heater. Compared with the infantry grunts slogging through the surrounding jungle, us artillerymen on FSB Maude had the comforts of home—well, relatively speaking.

Each day, after attending the obligatory morning briefing for the infantry battalion commander in his operations center on the other end of the firebase, we endured a mind-numbing, monotonous and seemingly endless repetition of what GIs referred to as “same-o, same-o.” We had long hours of interminable boredom punctuated by intermittent periods of frantic activity responding to calls for “contact” artillery fire to support the infantry companies’ operations.

Although the living conditions weren’t the best, being in command of an artillery battery was still a dream come true, except there was a dark side. During my first night as Charlie Battery commander, while asleep on my cot in my sandbagged hootch, I had an unusually vivid dream of a cat sitting on my chest, tickling my face and neck with its whiskers. But I awoke to a nightmarish reality—staring into the beady red eyes of a huge rat on my chest! I reflexively struck out and knocked the creature off me, but that only seemed to annoy it. Hitting the floor, the rat quickly recovered and, as it appeared in my not-quite-fully-awake state, was preparing a counterattack! I fumbled in the dark in unfamiliar surroundings before finally grabbing my M1911A1 .45-caliber pistol from under my pillow, chambering a round and pointing it toward the monster. Luckily, I woke up enough to realize what was happening—and what could happen! I judiciously flicked on the pistol’s thumb safety.

Had I actually pulled the trigger and fired a heavy .230-grain round from one of the world’s most powerful handguns inside our claustrophobically small sandbagged quarters, I could have endangered my sleeping hootch-mate, who was my battery executive officer, and most likely deafened both of us in the process. My “lesson learned” that night: A .45-caliber pistol is definitely not the weapon of choice for eradicating rats.

Charlie Battery used this flag on subsequent operations, and in 1972 it was the last U.S. flag to fly over an American ground combat base in Vietnam. (Jerry Morelock)

Through hard-earned experience, however, we did develop and try out a number of anti-rat weapons, although they were often unsuccessfully employed. Standard rat traps, of the variety familiar in the U.S, proved totally ineffective. Our rats would trigger the traps and get caught, but then simply dragged the mechanism with them as they scurried away. We tried “building a better mousetrap,” as the saying goes. We cut a 1-by-1-foot section of plywood, nailed four large inward-facing rat traps to each corner and then used sturdy communications wire to firmly anchor the device to an immovable object. It seemed like a brilliant solution to our problem—but it didn’t work. When caught in the traps, the rats simply chewed through the commo wire and fled back to their sanctuaries, taking the traps with them, to stage another assault the next night.

Through trial and error, we eventually discovered one of the most effective means of killing the monsters—“soap bullets.” We took a 5.56 mm M16 rifle round and removed its full metal jacket projectile. Then we inserted the business end into a bar of soap. When we pulled it out, the round was full of a solid block of waxlike soap. When triggered, the powder charge propelled the soap bullet with enough force to kill a rat without endangering nearby GIs. But like other methods, this one also proved to have a corresponding downside: A soldier would inevitably lose track of how many soap bullets he had loaded—“pop, pop, pop, BLAM!” The latter jacketed bullet would ricochet around the small hootch as everyone leapt for cover. Obviously, even that was too dangerous a solution to the rat problem.

A fortuitous accident in late February 1972 revealed a better solution. When a CH-47 helicopter was lifting our “water buffalo”—a two-wheeled, 845-gallon G527 water carrier— static electricity accidentally set off one of the fougasse explosives (similar to napalm) planted all around our firebase for close-in defense. The fougasse, a mixture of diesel and gasoline in a 55-gallon drum wrapped in detonating cord and primed with C4 plastic explosive, burst into a massive blast of flame and oily smoke that towered over our firebase and practically engulfed our mess hall Conex. But the upside of this nearly disastrous explosion was that thousands of rats were instantly incinerated, and thousands more fled from the trash heap into the jungle to escape the raging inferno. “Great!” we thought. “Burn, you rat bastards!”

In a final irony, one of the last movies we played on FSB Maude was, no kidding, Willard. Naturally, given GIs’ notoriously morbid sense of humor, we enthusiastically cheered for the rats. “This must have been filmed on Maude, right?” one of the GIs quipped. Rats continued to annoy us during our remaining time at the firebase, but we periodically—and more judiciously—applied the proven fougasse treatment, incinerating the rotting trash dumps.

When the last U.S. ground troops evacuated the Da Nang area in August 1972, even the most math-challenged observers could confidently predict that our very prolific rat enemies would reoccupy America’s abandoned positions and eventually prevail. Much like our VC and NVA enemies, all our rodent nemesis needed to do was simply to outlast us.

Jerry D. Morelock, Ph.D., a retired U.S. Army colonel, is a senior editor of Vietnam magazine.

17 Responses to Rat Patrol

  1. Dean Jackson says:

    “Beyond the VC and NVA, American GIs faced another “fearless enemy” in massive numbers.”

    Rodents? Are you serious! The other fearless enemy were Peoples Liberation Army – China – ringers attired in North Vietnam Army (NVA) uniforms, explaining why the United States lost the war, and why by 1969 North Vietnam wasn’t conscripting old men and young boys. PRC numbers, you ask? Over 50% of NVA regiments were PRC, and there was no mixing in these PRC only regiments.

    “Trust but VERIFY” – President Ronald Reagan’s watch phrase when dealing with the USSR…

    The West conspired to not VERIFY the ‘collapse’ of the USSR, even though the survival of the West depended on verification should the ‘collapse’ be a ruse, which proves (1) there was no ‘collapse’ of the USSR, because if there had been a ‘collapse’ the West would have immediately VERIFIED the ‘collapse’; and (2) the West’s institutions were co-opted by Marxists,* explaining the West’s enabling of the fake ‘collapse’ of the USSR…quod erat demonstrandum.

    The World War I Allies never did immediately send a naval expedition to Petrograd to easily topple Lenin & Bolshevik’s November 7, 1917 coup,** thereby promptly returning Russia to the war, Russia’s involvement in the war being a critical variable for the Allies’ victory strategy against the Central Powers, proving (1) that the Allies knew they were going to win the war; (2) that the war was set up to (a) weaken the West’s influence in the world; (b) weaken the West’s people’s confidence in their institutions and what those institutions stood for; and (3) one objective of the war was to settle into power the first above board Marxist state, with more to follow. In fact, there already was an anti-Marxist force in Russia at the time that if ordered would have conquered all of Bolshevik Russia during this period when the Bolsheviks were very weak. The unit was the 60,000 strong Czechoslovak Legion (soon to be 100,000 strong) but instead of sending the legion 700 miles north to Petrograd, the Allies sent it on a 6,000 mile odyssey across Russia to Vladivostok for evacuation to Europe(!), once again proving the Allies knew they were going to win the war…that the war was a Marxist operation.

    At my blog, read the articles…

    ‘House of Cards: The Collapse of the ‘Collapse’ of the USSR’

    ‘Playing Hide And Seek In Yugoslavia’

    Then read the article, ‘The Marxist Co-Option Of History And The Use Of The Scissors Strategy To Manipulate History Towards The Goal Of Marxist Liberation’

    Solution

    The West will form new political parties where candidates are vetted for Marxist ideology/blackmail, the use of the polygraph to be an important tool for such vetting. Then the West can finally liberate the globe of vanguard Communism.

    My blog…

    Google (only use the Google search engine): djdnotice blogspot
    ———————-
    * Marxists utilize the tactic of employing false oppositions, more commonly referred to by Marxists as the Scissors Strategy in which the blades represent the two falsely opposed sides that converge on the confused victims, neutralizing true opposition to socialism, thereby allowing the advancement of socialism to the bewilderment of the true opposition.

    ** Even more telling is neutral Denmark’s laying mines off its coastal waters in international waterways in August [1914] at the prompting of Germany and Great Britain does nothing! Not a word from the Allies (and the usual deafening silence from the Marxist press), in fact, even though access to the Baltic Sea is critical for the Allies to roll up Germany quickly by (a) closing the Baltic Sea to all German surface/subsurface vessels; (b) denying German access to trade with Sweden; (c) bringing the Royal Navy and the Imperial Russian Navy together; (d) forcing Germany to relocate critically needed infantry divisions and heavy armaments away from the Western Front for the new Baltic Front; and (e) allowing for a Petrograd originating joint Anglo-Russo expeditionary landing along Germany’s Baltic coast, to become operational three days after a general offensive on the Western Front; with the Baltic coast calm for three days, the German General Staff will be in the process of moving infantry divisions and heavy guns to bolster the Western Front. When the German relief is midway in transit, that’s when the Anglo-Russo naval expedition hits a weakened German Baltic coast.

    The following is a communique sent from the Danish foreign minister to German and English envoys, informing them of Denmark’s intention to close the Danish straits:

    “In order to enforce neutrality and keep military operations away from Danish waterways and coasts and to secure continued connection between the various parts of the country, the Danish government has decided to close Danish territorial waterways in the Sound as well as the Great and Little Belts by mining.”

    Notice that the Danish foreign minister refers to Danish territorial waterways to be closed, when in fact the laying of mines includes international waterways (as noted in the map; red dashes indicating the positions of the Danish mines in the Sound and Bay of Koege. In fact Germany too lays its mines in the Danish straits – signified by the green lines – leaving Great Britain conspicuously absent from the game.). So what was the law of the sea regarding the laying of mines in 1914:

    “…the 1907 Hague Convention III contains no specific provision that prohibits or considerably restricts the laying of mines in certain sea areas.”

    Here we have another Allied coordinated strategy to assist the Central Powers, thereby conflating what would have been an easy Allied knockout of Germany from the war, necessitating the bowing out of the remainder of the Central Powers’ nations: Since the international waterways of the Danish straits are mined by both the Danish and German navies, then the Royal Navy very well can’t send an expeditionary naval force to overthrow Lenin & Bolsheviks in Petrograd, can it? As a matter of fact the Royal Navy still could have sent a naval expeditionary force to Petrograd by deploying a few of the dozens of modern mine sweepers it had on hand.

    Then again, there really wasn’t a pressing need for the Royal Navy’s presence in Petrograd, because 100,000 Czech Legion soldiers were already on the ground in the Ukraine, and could itself have easily taken out the Bolsheviks first in Moscow, then in Petrograd. Of course, it would be nice for the Royal Navy and its cargo of soldiers to hook up with the Czech Legion when the legion made it to Petrograd. The meeting of the two Allied military formations would have been a grande opportunity for film and pictures.

    • Unprofitable servant says:

      There is no “abortion on demand” in the United States.

      Human life begins at birth.

      A fetus is not a baby, and a fetus cannot have rights.

      A woman’s decision about her health care is none of your business, and none of the government’s business, either.

      communism, Socialism, and Marxism are all different things. The US constitution does not require capitalism or forbid Socialism.

      • Dean Jackson says:

        “Human life begins at birth.”

        How exactly does that magical trick work? Does the fetus have to wait to be a human until the whole fetus is out in the atmosphere, or does the tissue become human sequentially as it touches the air, where the top of the head is the first area to be human, but the remaining tissue is therefore a mutant non-human! LOL! Marxist societal sabotage operatives sure are hilarious, you know! By the way, you replied to the wrong article!

      • Unprofitable servant says:

        Human life begins at birth, at first breath.

        Just going by the Bible.

      • Dean Jackson says:

        “Human life begins at birth, at first breath.
        Just going by the Bible.”

        You’re a Marxist, going by Marx’s call to his disciples for the “abolition of religion”…

        “Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right“, Karl Marx (1843)

        “The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.”

        …and…

        “The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. The demand to give up the illusion about its condition is the demand to give up a condition which needs illusions.”

        …and…

        “It is, therefore, the task of history, once the other-world of truth has vanished, to establish the truth of this world.”

        So the tissue is still non-human even after birth! LOL! The Bible says Adam was given the breath of life, “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. ”

        Firstly, God doesn’t breath! He’s a spirit who is omnipresent, who exits outside of time, therefore all time is immediate for Him. Since God doesn’t breath, the breath of life is poetry!

        Secondly, the Psalms informs us when life begins:

        “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret.”

      • Unprofitable servant says:

        No, I’m not a Marxist.

        No, the breath of life is not poetry.

        Life begins at birth. You’re not capable of showing otherwise.

      • Dean Jackson says:

        “No, I’m not a Marxist.
        No, the breath of life is not poetry.
        Life begins at birth. You’re not capable of showing otherwise.”

        Talk about a desperate Marxist!

      • Unprofitable servant says:

        Do you know the difference between capitalism and communism?

        The Bible approves of communism explicitly, but never mentions capitalism. Neither does the Constitution.

      • Dean Jackson says:

        “Do you know the difference between capitalism and communism?”

        There is no such thing as Communism, a hoax invented by a vindictive Satanist…

        “Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right“, Karl Marx (1843)

        “The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.”

        …and…

        “The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. The demand to give up the illusion about its condition is the demand to give up a condition which needs illusions.”

        …and…

        “It is, therefore, the task of history, once the other-world of truth has vanished, to establish the truth of this world.”

        The following is what Marx admitted AFTER he entered university, informing us of the lie we are fed when we’re told that after Marx entered university he became an atheist…

        “Thus Heaven I’ve forfeited,
        I know it full well,
        My soul, once true
        to God, Is chosen for hell.”

        …and…

        “With disdain I will throw my gauntlet
        Full in the face
        of the world,
        And see the collapse
        of this pygmy giant
        Whose fall will
        not stifle my ardour.
        Then will I wander
        godlike and victorious
        Through the ruins
        of the world
        And, giving my
        words an active force,
        I will feel equal
        to the Creator.”

        Marx wrote those poems AFTER he entered university, telling us he always remained a theist, feigning atheism. As for the rank and file Marxists, they’re marionettes, whose strings are pulled by the Satanist leadership class.

        At my blog, read the article, ‘Karl Marx: Pretender Atheist With an Agenda’

        Google (only use the Google search engine): djdnotice blogspot

        “The Bible…never mentions capitalism.”

        Why would it? Capitalism was initiated in early 1700s England, when England began to allow interest rates to rise to their natural levels, which allowed for large capital outlays for business ventures that required such large capital outlays. Hence the Marxist war on the economy the last decade, where abysmally low central bank interest rates sabotage the such large capital deployments for businesses that need such large capital magnitudes because the price of such magnitudes – interest being the price for money – is below the cost for such large magnitudes.

      • Unprofitable servant says:

        I don’t give a fig for Karl Marx.

        Communism is how the early Church lived, if you are able to read the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.

        Communism predates Marx and Engels by millenia.

      • lassiecomehome says:

        Socialism is an economic system where the workers in a business collectively own the business. Communism is like Socialism, but without money. Both Communism and Socialism are Marxist ideas. The current economic system we are living under is Neoliberalism, which is a form of Capitalism where the government supports the Capitalists.

        Of course Labor is superior to Capital. Capitalists (business-owners) manipulate people’s labor to make a profit for themselves. The value of a product is determined by the Labor put into it. Thus, the Capitalists contribute very little to none of the value in a product.

        Dean Jackson, you talk like you’re schizophrenic. Your paragraph where you used the word “magnitudes” a bunch is absolute nonsense.

        Workers of the world unite!

      • Unprofitable servant says:

        Labor is prior to, and the superior of Capital.

      • Unprofitable servant says:

        I’m still not a Marxist.

      • Dean Jackson says:

        “I’m still not a Marxist.”

        You misquote the Scriptures, even when shown the misquote, so what are we to make of you?

      • Unprofitable servant says:

        I did not misquote any Scripture.

  2. Dean Jackson says:

    “Beyond the VC and NVA, American GIs faced another “fearless enemy” in massive numbers.”
    Rodents? Are you serious! The other fearless enemy were Peoples Liberation Army – China – ringers attired in North Vietnam Army (NVA) uniforms, explaining why the United States lost the war, and why by 1969 North Vietnam wasn’t conscripting old men and young boys. PRC numbers, you ask? Over 50% of NVA regiments were PRC, and there was no mixing in these PRC only regiments.

    “Trust but VERIFY” – President Ronald Reagan’s watch phrase when dealing with the USSR…

    The West conspired to not VERIFY the ‘collapse’ of the USSR, even though the survival of the West depended on verification should the ‘collapse’ be a ruse, which proves (1) there was no ‘collapse’ of the USSR, because if there had been a ‘collapse’ the West would have immediately VERIFIED the ‘collapse’; and (2) the West’s institutions were co-opted by Marxists,* explaining the West’s enabling of the fake ‘collapse’ of the USSR…quod erat demonstrandum.

    The World War I Allies never did immediately send a naval expedition to Petrograd to easily topple Lenin & Bolshevik’s November 7, 1917 coup,** thereby promptly returning Russia to the war, Russia’s involvement in the war being a critical variable for the Allies’ victory strategy against the Central Powers, proving (1) that the Allies knew they were going to win the war; (2) that the war was set up to (a) weaken the West’s influence in the world; (b) weaken the West’s people’s confidence in their institutions and what those institutions stood for; and (3) one objective of the war was to settle into power the first above board Marxist state, with more to follow. In fact, there already was an anti-Marxist force in Russia at the time that if ordered would have conquered all of Bolshevik Russia during this period when the Bolsheviks were very weak. The unit was the 60,000 strong Czechoslovak Legion (soon to be 100,000 strong) but instead of sending the legion 700 miles north to Petrograd, the Allies sent it on a 6,000 mile odyssey across Russia to Vladivostok for evacuation to Europe(!), once again proving the Allies knew they were going to win the war…that the war was a Marxist operation.

    At my blog, read the articles…

    ‘House of Cards: The Collapse of the ‘Collapse’ of the USSR’

    ‘Playing Hide And Seek In Yugoslavia’

    Then read the article, ‘The Marxist Co-Option Of History And The Use Of The Scissors Strategy To Manipulate History Towards The Goal Of Marxist Liberation’

    Solution

    The West will form new political parties where candidates are vetted for Marxist ideology/blackmail, the use of the polygraph to be an important tool for such vetting. Then the West can finally liberate the globe of vanguard Communism.

    My blog…

    Google (only use the Google search engine): djdnotice blogspot
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    * Marxists utilize the tactic of employing false oppositions, more commonly referred to by Marxists as the Scissors Strategy in which the blades represent the two falsely opposed sides that converge on the confused victims, neutralizing true opposition to socialism, thereby allowing the advancement of socialism to the bewilderment of the true opposition.

    ** Even more telling is neutral Denmark’s laying mines off its coastal waters in international waterways in August [1914] at the prompting of Germany and Great Britain does nothing! Not a word from the Allies (and the usual deafening silence from the Marxist press), in fact, even though access to the Baltic Sea is critical for the Allies to roll up Germany quickly by (a) closing the Baltic Sea to all German surface/subsurface vessels; (b) denying German access to trade with Sweden; (c) bringing the Royal Navy and the Imperial Russian Navy together; (d) forcing Germany to relocate critically needed infantry divisions and heavy armaments away from the Western Front for the new Baltic Front; and (e) allowing for a Petrograd originating joint Anglo-Russo expeditionary landing along Germany’s Baltic coast, to become operational three days after a general offensive on the Western Front; with the Baltic coast calm for three days, the German General Staff will be in the process of moving infantry divisions and heavy guns to bolster the Western Front. When the German relief is midway in transit, that’s when the Anglo-Russo naval expedition hits a weakened German Baltic coast.

    The following is a communique sent from the Danish foreign minister to German and English envoys, informing them of Denmark’s intention to close the Danish straits:

    “In order to enforce neutrality and keep military operations away from Danish waterways and coasts and to secure continued connection between the various parts of the country, the Danish government has decided to close Danish territorial waterways in the Sound as well as the Great and Little Belts by mining.”
    Notice that the Danish foreign minister refers to Danish territorial waterways to be closed, when in fact the laying of mines includes international waterways (as noted in the map; red dashes indicating the positions of the Danish mines in the Sound and Bay of Koege. In fact Germany too lays its mines in the Danish straits – signified by the green lines – leaving Great Britain conspicuously absent from the game.). So what was the law of the sea regarding the laying of mines in 1914:

    “…the 1907 Hague Convention III contains no specific provision that prohibits or considerably restricts the laying of mines in certain sea areas.”

    Here we have another Allied coordinated strategy to assist the Central Powers, thereby conflating what would have been an easy Allied knockout of Germany from the war, necessitating the bowing out of the remainder of the Central Powers’ nations: Since the international waterways of the Danish straits are mined by both the Danish and German navies, then the Royal Navy very well can’t send an expeditionary naval force to overthrow Lenin & Bolsheviks in Petrograd, can it? As a matter of fact the Royal Navy still could have sent a naval expeditionary force to Petrograd by deploying a few of the dozens of modern mine sweepers it had on hand.

    Then again, there really wasn’t a pressing need for the Royal Navy’s presence in Petrograd, because 100,000 Czech Legion soldiers were already on the ground in the Ukraine, and could itself have easily taken out the Bolsheviks first in Moscow, then in Petrograd. Of course, it would be nice for the Royal Navy and its cargo of soldiers to hook up with the Czech Legion when the legion made it to Petrograd. The meeting of the two Allied military formations would have been a grande opportunity for film and pictures.

  3. Dean Jackson says:

    Rodents? Are you serious! The other fearless enemy were Peoples Liberation Army – China – ringers attired in North Vietnam Army (NVA) uniforms, explaining why the United States lost the war, and why by 1969 North Vietnam wasn’t conscripting old men and young boys. PRC numbers, you ask? Over 50% of NVA regiments were PRC, and there was no mixing in these PRC only regiments.

    “Trust but VERIFY” – President Ronald Reagan’s watch phrase when dealing with the USSR…

    The West conspired to not VERIFY the ‘collapse’ of the USSR, even though the survival of the West depended on verification should the ‘collapse’ be a ruse, which proves (1) there was no ‘collapse’ of the USSR, because if there had been a ‘collapse’ the West would have immediately VERIFIED the ‘collapse’; and (2) the West’s institutions were co-opted by Marxists,* explaining the West’s enabling of the fake ‘collapse’ of the USSR…quod erat demonstrandum.

    The World War I Allies never did immediately send a naval expedition to Petrograd to easily topple Lenin & Bolshevik’s November 7, 1917 coup,** thereby promptly returning Russia to the war, Russia’s involvement in the war being a critical variable for the Allies’ victory strategy against the Central Powers, proving (1) that the Allies knew they were going to win the war; (2) that the war was set up to (a) weaken the West’s influence in the world; (b) weaken the West’s people’s confidence in their institutions and what those institutions stood for; and (3) one objective of the war was to settle into power the first above board Marxist state, with more to follow. In fact, there already was an anti-Marxist force in Russia at the time that if ordered would have conquered all of Bolshevik Russia during this period when the Bolsheviks were very weak. The unit was the 60,000 strong Czechoslovak Legion (soon to be 100,000 strong) but instead of sending the legion 700 miles north to Petrograd, the Allies sent it on a 6,000 mile odyssey across Russia to Vladivostok for evacuation to Europe(!), once again proving the Allies knew they were going to win the war…that the war was a Marxist operation.

    At my blog, read the articles…

    ‘House of Cards: The Collapse of the ‘Collapse’ of the USSR’

    ‘Playing Hide And Seek In Yugoslavia’

    Then read the article, ‘The Marxist Co-Option Of History And The Use Of The Scissors Strategy To Manipulate History Towards The Goal Of Marxist Liberation’

    Solution

    The West will form new political parties where candidates are vetted for Marxist ideology/blackmail, the use of the polygraph to be an important tool for such vetting. Then the West can finally liberate the globe of vanguard Communism.

    My blog…

    Google (only use the Google search engine): djdnotice blogspot
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    * Marxists utilize the tactic of employing false oppositions, more commonly referred to by Marxists as the Scissors Strategy in which the blades represent the two falsely opposed sides that converge on the confused victims, neutralizing true opposition to socialism, thereby allowing the advancement of socialism to the bewilderment of the true opposition.

    ** Even more telling is neutral Denmark’s laying mines off its coastal waters in international waterways in August [1914] at the prompting of Germany and Great Britain does nothing! Not a word from the Allies (and the usual deafening silence from the Marxist press), in fact, even though access to the Baltic Sea is critical for the Allies to roll up Germany quickly by (a) closing the Baltic Sea to all German surface/subsurface vessels; (b) denying German access to trade with Sweden; (c) bringing the Royal Navy and the Imperial Russian Navy together; (d) forcing Germany to relocate critically needed infantry divisions and heavy armaments away from the Western Front for the new Baltic Front; and (e) allowing for a Petrograd originating joint Anglo-Russo expeditionary landing along Germany’s Baltic coast, to become operational three days after a general offensive on the Western Front; with the Baltic coast calm for three days, the German General Staff will be in the process of moving infantry divisions and heavy guns to bolster the Western Front. When the German relief is midway in transit, that’s when the Anglo-Russo naval expedition hits a weakened German Baltic coast.

    The following is a communique sent from the Danish foreign minister to German and English envoys, informing them of Denmark’s intention to close the Danish straits:

    “In order to enforce neutrality and keep military operations away from Danish waterways and coasts and to secure continued connection between the various parts of the country, the Danish government has decided to close Danish territorial waterways in the Sound as well as the Great and Little Belts by mining.”
    Notice that the Danish foreign minister refers to Danish territorial waterways to be closed, when in fact the laying of mines includes international waterways (as noted in the map; red dashes indicating the positions of the Danish mines in the Sound and Bay of Koege. In fact Germany too lays its mines in the Danish straits – signified by the green lines – leaving Great Britain conspicuously absent from the game.). So what was the law of the sea regarding the laying of mines in 1914:

    “…the 1907 Hague Convention III contains no specific provision that prohibits or considerably restricts the laying of mines in certain sea areas.”

    Here we have another Allied coordinated strategy to assist the Central Powers, thereby conflating what would have been an easy Allied knockout of Germany from the war, necessitating the bowing out of the remainder of the Central Powers’ nations: Since the international waterways of the Danish straits are mined by both the Danish and German navies, then the Royal Navy very well can’t send an expeditionary naval force to overthrow Lenin & Bolsheviks in Petrograd, can it? As a matter of fact the Royal Navy still could have sent a naval expeditionary force to Petrograd by deploying a few of the dozens of modern mine sweepers it had on hand.

    Then again, there really wasn’t a pressing need for the Royal Navy’s presence in Petrograd, because 100,000 Czech Legion soldiers were already on the ground in the Ukraine, and could itself have easily taken out the Bolsheviks first in Moscow, then in Petrograd. Of course, it would be nice for the Royal Navy and its cargo of soldiers to hook up with the Czech Legion when the legion made it to Petrograd. The meeting of the two Allied military formations would have been a grande opportunity for film and pictures.

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