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Trinh T. Minh-ha

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271092

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271092.001.0001

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The mole’s empire

The mole’s empire

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Trinh T. Minh-ha

Fordham University Press

This chapter further examines the human costs of war, first discussing quantitative measures of victory (for the United States) versus qualitative (for al-Qaeda) and how they compare with each other. On a broader scope the chapter lingers on the concept of time as it applies to war. In today's battles across the world, if on the side of the occupying forces, “victory” is short lived and accordingly defined with time—meaning, at most, preventing catastrophe—on the side of those fighting against occupation and colonization, victory remains defiantly linked to strategic outcomes. As long as battles à la David and Goliath persist, there will be claims for David-versus-Goliath victories and gleeful stories of heroism woven around them. The chapter then returns to an oft-remembered setting for such David-versus-Goliath conflicts—Vietnam.

Keywords:   time, Vietnam, definitions of victory, occupying forces, colonization, strategic outcomes, David-versus-Goliath victories, heroism, Điện Biên Phủ

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