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AK-47 and the M-16Poetry by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
Peasants and villagers fighting in Vietnam in 1967, according to tactics articulated by Mao, were killing eight hundred Americans a month. How?
(CLEVELAND) - When the M-16 was introduced to the war effort in Vietnam, it largely failed. What fired well in the Southern California desert did not endure the tropics of Vietnam.
An AK-47 can be immersed in water and it will still fire.
An M-16 has extremely precision parts and I have been told by more than one reliable source, that it is very easy to lose one of those parts when you are trying to make the weapon fire in combat. Why would you repair or clean the rifle in combat in the first place? Because they jam too much. They misfire, they jam the shells.
This killed many Americans in Vietnam, and one particular friend of mine who today lives somewhere on the other side of the world, was among the Marines who had to pick up dead comrades during the Vietnam War because their M-16's jammed.
To say the least, it never sat well with him. I don't think he and his friends felt very supported by the people back home and we hear this often about the Vietnam War.
Hippies and anti-war protesters take the brunt of the credit for affecting the war's lack of popularity, change of course and eventual end. Many were completely unsupportive of the combat soldier's plight and some harassed men returning home from combat. But, with the exception of Jane Fonda, I have never heard a story about a war protester getting an American killed in combat.
Conversely, corporate America was able to do it decades ago.
- forward from Salem-News.com Editor Tim King's story, American Military Ego Will Lead to Problems As We Replace Iraq and Afghanistan's Army's AK-47 with the M-16.
AK-47 and the M-16
This poem is courtesy of an article found in, “Esquire Magazine,”
And certainly all sides in any battle will state their ethical claim,
Well, surely we had help from others fighting for the same cause,
“The Gun” is a piece, penned by C.J. Chivers and what he found,
The author gives readers a frightening and factual in depth look,
Historians will debate & argue many factors why it was not won,
The White House, The President, The Pentagon, Washington, DC,
Vietnam! Peasants, farmers, not seeds but what is in your hands?
Get back to, “The Gun” where’d you get that weapon of choice?
U.S. Marines, H-Company, 1st Platoon, spread out as they walked,
Marines were exposed, the only approach passed over open ground,
Walking near the front of the formation Elrod sensed trouble ahead,
U.S.M.C. Spit and polished, disciplined, battle ready if not tested,
Their ranks had been thinned, survivors were tied, no jack, it’s war,
More than half of the army, less than six years education in school,
No real need to go into detail about the firefight, blood, guts & glory,
Soon this Eastern Bloc assault rifle captured the Pentagon’s attention,
The AR-15, was lightweight but the barrel cooked, it jammed, rusted,
Not into books see, Esquire online November 2010, read the excerpt,
By Luke Easter
To learn more about the history of the M-16 and the AK-47: Apr-25-2007: American Military Ego Will Lead to Problems As We Replace Iraq and Afghanistan's Army's AK-47 with the M-16 - Tim King Salem-News.com
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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