Originally Posted by Mark S.
Well, you have to remember that Red Dawn came out in the '80s, when lots and lots of people were still scratching their head and asking themselves, "How could the U.S. military get beaten by a bunch of kids in their pajamas?"
John Milius's Red Dawn, said: "This is how." It isn't about superior firepower or subduing the populace. In fact, the more you abuse a populace, the more they fight back. (A lesson we still haven't learned apparently.) G.K. Chesterton said it best: "The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him." People fighting for their homeland and family will fight to the death.
Was watching History channel the other day about Vietnam. It was talking about how citizen-soldiers are the hardest to beat. They work during the day in the paddies, and they always know exactly where the US patrols are...then at night they go to work booby-trapping around the US fixed encampments. It was also talking about how the birth rate in Vietnam was creating 2-3 new fighting men for every 1 we killed. That is just an impossible number to overcome. Also for every VC we killed, we created 5+ new volunteers in every village we went through.