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Are Surprise Holiday Attacks a Good Idea?

By June 18, 2012

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I recently wrote an article on the Tet Offensive, the Vietnam War event in which the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army staged a surprise attack on South Vietnam during the Lunar New Year holiday, and it got me thinking. Tet was a military disaster for the communists, though it turned out to be a public relations triumph. Egypt's brilliant plan to attack Israel during Yom Kippur in 1973 didn't go too well, either. (In fairness, it was also Ramadan for most Egyptians at that time.)

So are surprise attacks on holidays a good strategy? From this sample of two, it seems that the answer is no. However, in both cases, although the attacks themselves did not turn out as planned, they were turning points that led to better things for the aggressors - the reunification of Vietnam under communist rule, in the first case, and peace between Egypt and Israel, in the second. What do you think?


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