Malaysia's Military, Police and Security Agencies
Welcome to the battlefield, soldier!

MyMil adalah bod perbincangan berkenaan ketenteraan, agensi2 penguatkuasaan yang ada di Malaysia dan juga di serata dunia. Daftar sekarang untuk menikmati paparan perbincangan berinformasi sambil bersantai. Ahli2 yg baru akan digugurkan daripada senarai sekiranya tidak aktif dalam masa yg terdekat. Berforumlah dengan berhemah.

Terima kasih.

Admin dan moderator MyMil

Important Notice: The views and opinions expressed on the forum or the related pages are of the owner alone, and are not endorsed by Mymil, nor is Mymil responsible for them. Due to the nature of the Internet forum is in real time, Mymil does not, and can not censor any submission, but asks that each user use discretion and respect for other users, and does not contribute any word that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable. Mymil reserve the right to withhold and/or remove any link that might possibly hold an individual, entity or group ridicule, potential embarrassment or potential defamation. Mymil also reserves the right to accept, edit and/or remove any link that is deemed inappropriate in any way.
Log in

I forgot my password

Latest topics
» Sembang Medan Selera Pak Jebat V44
by Laxamana Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:35 am

» PAINTBALL - Come get some...
by pisang Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:53 am

» Baru balik
by pisang Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:47 pm

» Jaket camo
by atreyudevil Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:17 am

» Nusantara Total War: Portuguese Invasion
by Adib Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:57 pm

» Rekrut baru disini
by kapokbesi Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:32 am

» Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad
by zacky.uesoff Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:00 pm

by kapokbesi Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:42 am

» Gathering MyMil 2015
by yaminz Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:15 am

» Diari MYMIL
by edayu Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:08 am

» Hari Polis ke-208
by venez Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:14 pm

by venez Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:11 pm

» Rekrut 2015
by atreyudevil Sun Mar 29, 2015 3:34 pm

» Sejarah Pangkalan-Pangkalan Udara TUDM
by venez Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:02 am

» MyMil useful website lists
by atreyudevil Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:17 pm

» WIP - Work In Progress
by yaminz Fri Dec 26, 2014 7:06 am

» Model Collections
by yaminz Fri Dec 26, 2014 6:58 am

» Rekrut October & November 2014
by atreyudevil Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:07 am

» Bola Cafe: MALAYSIA!
by HangPC2 Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:35 am

» Hot Chick in Uniform
by yaminz Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:52 am

We have 510 registered users
The newest registered user is Adib

Our users have posted a total of 171933 messages in 1318 subjects
MyMil at Facebook

Southeast Asia’s Forgotten Wars

Go down

Southeast Asia’s Forgotten Wars

Post by Steven 12 on Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:10 pm

For tourists, Southeast Asia conjures visions of exotic islands in places like Phuket, Bali, and Boracay. For investors, it’s a relatively safe destination, where their capital can flourish in global cities like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok. Its ancient history is preserved at Angkor Wat, its rich biodiversity is visible in Borneo, and its readiness to blend with foreign cultures is highlighted by the folk Catholicism in the Philippines.

But Southeast Asia is more than just white sand beaches, temples, and resorts.

Unfortunately, it’s seldom mentioned that Southeast Asia is actually one of the most war-ravaged places on the planet. Indeed, there are still several unfinished wars in the region. For example, the world's longest ongoing civil war involves the Karen National Liberation Army, which has been fighting for independence from Burma’s central government for the past 60 years. Meanwhile, the Maoist-influenced Communist Party of the Philippines has been waging an armed revolution in the Philippine countryside since 1969, making it the world’s longest communist insurgency.

While Timor-Leste succeeded in becoming an independent nation in 2002, it was able to achieve this only after more than two decades of bloody struggle with Indonesia. Speaking of violent conflicts in Indonesia, it seems West Papua’s current bid for independence is unlikely to be resolved peacefully. Separatist movements are also thriving in southern Thailand and the southern Philippines. Thailand’s Islamic insurgency, in particular, has intensified in recent years, and some analysts believe it could soon become Asia’s biggest insurgency.

Several countries in the region are still hurting from the scars of past wars. Laos is officially the most heavily bombed country in the history of warfare. Between 1964 and 1973, the United States military dropped more bombs on Laos than it did worldwide during the whole of World War II. Nearly a third of them failed to detonate, and they are scattered across half of the country’s agricultural land. Some experts have warned that it will take a century before the 80 million cluster bomblets can be completely removed.

But a recent study has claimed that more bombs were actually dropped by the United States on Cambodian soil. Official estimates pegged the total tonnage of bombs dropped on the country at 500,000 tons, but the new study revised the figure to 2.8 million tons of U.S. bombs. Whether the new findings are accurate or not doesn’t change the fact that Cambodia, like Laos, is among the most heavily bombed countries in the past century.

If Cambodia and Laos suffered tremendously from U.S. military offensives, think of the damage inflicted on Vietnam during the long, nightmarish decades of full-scale U.S. armed intervention in that country. The human casualties are easy to count, but the impact of that war in a poor rural nation can’t be measured in numbers alone. For instance, the war ended more than three decades ago, but Vietnamese fields and forests are still contaminated with Agent Orange and other harmful chemicals used by the U.S. to defeat the Vietcong.

While it’s a welcome development that Khmer Rouge atrocities are being documented, and that the perpetrators are now facing trial, they can’t erase the trauma of the genocidal war that led to the slaughter of almost two million innocent people.

Global headlines often mention Southeast Asia in relation to news reports on the fastest growing economies and the rising military tensions between the United States and China in the Asia-Pacific. They describe the potential of the region in terms of trade and commerce on the one hand, and its geopolitical value if military superpowers should collide in the future on the other. What they always fail to include in the discussion is the ongoing local wars in many places in the region, and the roots of these conflicts which include, among other issues, the negative legacy of centuries of colonialism and neo-colonialism. In short, they speak of Southeast Asia as a place with no past, where only the present and future matter.

The duty of Southeast Asians is to remember the region’s painful past and, when needed, exorcise the ghosts of history that continue to haunt the present.
Steven 12

Posts : 711
Reputation : 161
Join date : 19/11/2011
Location : Between the bluesky & planet earth

Back to top Go down

Back to top

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum