With the victorious elections in HK a few days ago I thought the protestors would acquire a false sense of safety and possibly relax. Well I was wrong. If anything they have doubled down on their demands. Congress and Trump have made it clear that the US backs the Hong Kong protestors encouraging the people to continue. Yesterday saw thousands holding US flags and singing the US national anthem. It’s stirring heroic stuff. But remember this is still an Asian story. A Chinese story to be even more exact, and few Asian stories have happy endings. With all the words from the US gov, the people of Hong Kong need to remember the people of South Vietnam and how much the US gov was there for them in the end. The longer this goes on, the more I’m thinking about RVN. The piece below reflects my own thoughts on the matter. The US was in VN a long time, it is not going to a hot war for 1 minute for HK and hopefully they realize that.
At first glance, it would appear that five months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong had produced a stunning triumph.
By September, the proposal of city leader Carrie Lam that ignited the
protests — to allow criminal suspects to be extradited to China for
trial — had been withdrawn.
And though the protesters’ demands escalated along with their
tactics, from marches to mass civil disobedience, Molotov cocktails,
riots and attacks on police, Chinese troops remained confined to their
Beijing wanted no reenactment of Tiananmen Square, the midnight massacre in the heart of Beijing that drowned in blood the 1989 uprising for democratic rights.
In Hong Kong, the police have not used lethal force. In five months
of clashes, only a few have perished. And when elections came last
month, Beijing was stunned by the landslide victory of the protesters.
Finally, last month, Congress passed by huge margins in both
houses a Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act that threatens
sanctions on Hong Kong authorities should they crush the rebels.
When President Donald Trump signed the bills, the protesters now had the U.S. as an ally, and the Chinese reacted viscerally.
An enraged Foreign Ministry declared:
“The US … openly backed violent criminals who rampantly smashed
facilities, set fire, assaulted innocent civilians, trampled on the rule
of law and jeopardized social order.
“This so-called bill will only make the Chinese people … further
understand the sinister intentions and hegemonic nature of the United
States. It will only make the Chinese people more united and make the
American plot more doomed to failure.”
Thus do the Hong Kong protesters appear victorious, for now.
Sunday, black-clad masked protesters were back in the
streets, waving American flags, erecting barricades, issuing new demands
— for greater autonomy for Hong Kong, the release of jailed protesters and the punishment of police who used excessive force.
This confrontation is far from over.
Instead, it has escalated, and the U.S. government, having given up
its posture of benevolent neutrality in favor of peaceful demonstrators
for democracy, has become an open ally of often-violent people who are
battling Chinese police inside a Chinese city.
On Monday, China retaliated, suspending visits to Hong Kong by U.S.
military planes and Navy ships and declaring sanctions on the National
Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House and half a dozen other U.S.
agencies that promote democracy for interfering in the internal affairs
And there is another issue here — the matter of face.
China has just celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Revolution
where Mao proclaimed, “China has stood up!” after a century of foreign
humiliations and occupations.
Can Xi Jinping, already the object of a Maoist cult of
personality, accept U.S. intervention in the internal affairs of his
country or a city that belongs to China? Not likely. Nor is China likely to accede to demands for greater sovereignty, self-determination or independence for Hong Kong.
This would only raise hopes of the city’s eventual escape from its
ordained destiny: direct rule by Beijing when the 50-year China-U.K.
treaty regarding the transfer of Hong Kong expires in 2047.
For Xi to capitulate to the demands of Hong Kong’s demonstrators could cause an outbreak of protests in other Chinese cities and bring on a crisis of the regime.
Xi Jinping is no Mikhail Gorbachev. He is not going to let
his people go. He is not going to risk a revolution to overturn the
Maoist Revolution he has served his entire life.
A ruler committing the atrocities Xi is committing today in the
concentration camps in the Uighur regions of China is staying his hand
in Hong Kong only so the world and the West cannot see the true face of
the ideology in which this true believer believes.
In providing moral support for protesters in Hong Kong who desire the
freedoms we enjoy, America is on the right side. But to align the U.S.
with the protesters’ cause, and threaten sanctions if their demands are
not met, is to lead these demonstrators to make demands that Hong Kong’s
rulers cannot meet and China will not allow.
We should ask ourselves some questions before we declare our solidarity with the protesters engaging the Hong Kong police.
If the police crush them, or if China’s army moves in and crushes the
demonstrators whose hopes were raised by America’s declared solidarity,
then what are we prepared to do to save them and their cause?
Are we willing to impose sanctions on Beijing, such as we have on Venezuela, Iran and Vladimir Putin’s Russia?
Some of us yet recall how the Voice of America broadcast to the
Hungarian rebels of 1956 that if they rose up and threw the Russians
out, we would be at their side. The Hungarians rose up. We did nothing.
And one of the great bloodbaths of the Cold War ensued.
Are we telling the protesters of Hong Kong, “We’ve got your back!” when we really don’t?
Reports of “Strong shooting” in Villa Unión, Coahuila
Shortly before noon it was reported, through social networks, that a
shooting was recorded in the town of Villa Unión , in Coahuila. The
confrontation between armed civilians and elements of the Sedena was
reported through social networks, ie Cartel de Noreste members against
SEDENA elements. At least 20 heavily armed vehicles in a convoy
formation rolled into Villa Unión.
At approximately 11:45 am on Saturday a gun battle organized crime and
members of the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) in registered
between alleged members of Villa Unión , according to Twitter users
church and the same Presidency has several bullet impacts.
Several videos circulate through social networks in which the smoke from
burning vehicles can be seen and the detonations of firearms can also
be heard. So far no injured people or death figures have been reported.
The mayor, Arcedalia Padrón Arizpe , said that “the bursts began with
the grenades”, and said that shootings were also recorded in other
municipalities. That has changed, keep reading !
Clashes continue in northern Coahuila, in Villa Unión.
Unofficially it is said that it was a direct attack on the security
unions and municipal facilities of Villa Unión. The attack, according to
the leaked audios of the security units was perpetrated with heavy
artillery, caliber 50.
Local media say that the General Coordination Alert was activated at
noon on Saturday due to the attack on state police, the Municipal Palace
and even the church. According to social network users, after the
shooting, damage was recorded in the municipal palace, in the community
church and three patrols would have been burned.
The first reports assure that it would have been an attack against
elements of the Coahuila Force and at the moment there is no report of
Second Reports: Confrontations between alleged members of the Northwest
Cartel and members of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena),
which allegedly left at least five dead , among them allegedly a police
element, as well as two more injured agents in the municipality of Villa
Unión, Coahuila. Subsequently, in social networks a series of shootings
were reported in various parts of the community.
Inside of a home in Villa Unión, Coahuila
According to the reports, authorities confirmed that five alleged
criminals were killed, however, they did not confirm or deny uniformed
There is an instagram account called Historichronicles that is devoted to posting pictures of guys in Delta Force from over the years. I don’t care much about that so much as the very cool glimpse at the guns they used over the years. They really were the cutting edge over the years that spurred development in a lot of ways. For the military anyways, because they got most of their development ideas from the civilian competition world in a lot of cases. This still continues to this day. You can see some old ideas in some of those pictures. Ideas that seem crude now but evilved into things we see today like the low magnification variable optics on M4s and free float hand guards.
First up I thought I would show this picture. It’s the much over rated H&K 416 of course, but the point is the damage. Hit during a firefight, the round destroyed the laser and etotech. I call that a close call.
Above is a good example of what I was talking about. A smooth F tube meant to make a slicker set up, free float the barrel and give a longer hand guard. I have no idea what model this tube is other than I *think* its from KAC.
Above is Larry Vickers. Larry is the inventer of the finest AR sling know to man, The Vickers Combat Application Sling sold by Blue Force Gear. This is from the 80s and you can see Larry’s ow famous carbine set up with the hose clamped on flashlight on his pre M4 Colt carbine. A lot has already been written and said about this particular carbine all over the internet already. Larry even made a youtube video about it not too long ago.
Above is a Delta sniper assaulter with a KAC 7.62 precision AR with a lower powered variable optic.
Another delta sniper rifle from KAC.
I had more pictures but for some reason my old dilapidated laptop lost them. If you guys liked this let me know and I will gather up some more for a part 2
This is something I’ve been mulling over for some time now.
I think about the tactics I used when I played the role of insurgent against Marines. I think about that tactics insurgents used in Iraq against. I real about other peoples imagined concepts of combat operations state side. I don’t think this is something that your average soldier or Marine might need, but those of us living outside a uniformed service might find value in being able to move a long arm discretely.
But before that, I do like being able to be discrete. If I am going to go to the range, I don’t want to advertise to my neighbors where I am going or what I am doing. Part of the reason I have stuff like a violin case to move guns.
Of course, if a neighbor saw me packing a violin case, a couple of ammo cans, and a stack of targets in my trunk they might guess what I am doing. A discrete case is not a whole solution on its’ own.
A great many of the “discrete” gun cases out there still look like rifle cases. Sure, it might be in “Grayman Gray” but it looks like a rifle case. I’ve seen people use tool cases or golf bags and those I think would fool people into thinking it is not a rifle in there. Now, that might even be a more appealing target to a thief, it at least doesn’t scream gun.
Some years back I read of a person who uses a 5 gallon bucket for their range back. Ammo would be in cases or boxes, the pistol cased, and any accessories, eye and ear protection, etc, in that bucket. At the range, spent cases to be saved for reloading could just be dumped in the bucket. Now I think that is a pretty discrete range bag. But doesn’t work for long arms.
We often think of conventional warfare where the combatant might never allow their longarm to be outside of arms reach. Unconventional warfare is another story. An insurgent might stash a weapon somewhere, retrieve it for a mission, and stash it again again. Imagine if one of the Hong Kong protesters had a rifle. Slinging it on their back and walking home wouldn’t really be a viable option.
Fortunately guns are getting smaller. I found it funny when we got the para-saw barrels for our M249 machine guns in Iraq. It make the those belt fed guns shorter than our M16A4s. Hell, look at the SIG Rattler. With the stock or brace folded on the Rattler, the entire gun is about 16 inches long. You have a gun that packs up to the size of the barrel on most other longarms. But you do have to make major sacrifices to reach that size.
The Rattler is about an inch too long to fit flush in that 5 gallon bucket referenced earlier. But it isn’t really a combat rifle, it is more of an alternative to the classic submachine gun.
But I am straying from the topic.
Back in 2006, when I was in Iraq, it was not uncommon for an insurgent to take a stashed rifle (like a Mosin Nagant) take a few pop shots at us, stash the rifle away and blend back into the crowd. This worked pretty well for them. Partly due to the fact that we were not the sort to just burn down the building they fired from.
If I were usng such a tactic, I’d rather have a gun I could fit into a ‘discrete’ way to transport it. Something like a back pack. Still easy to stash away, or to ditch if you had to to escape, but something you could far more easily move to where it would be needed.
There was a time I traveled between my duty station and home via bus. I wouldn’t recommend that for anyone. I’d bring my only AR15 at the time by separating the upper and lower. The barrel would stick out of my backpack, so I would pull a sweatshirt or poncho liner over it to look like messy packing. Far from ideal, but it worked.
As nice as a FN FAL, M1A, M1Garand, M16A4 is for fighting, I’m starting to think that the ability to transport a rifle around concealed might be valuable in the future.
Tangentially, there is value in being somewhat discrete in the military. Part of the idea of guns like the SDMR was to have a precision weapon system in a rifle squad with out the enemy being able to easily identify who had them.