The Internet is abuzz this morning with a story emanating from the People’s Daily Online, headlined “Monkeys trained as battlefield killers in Afghanistan.” The story goes on to say that a “British-based media agency,” had photographed “monkey soldiers” trained by the Taliban and armed with AK-47s and Bren guns in Waziristan.
Most of the reporting on this story concerns the implications for the future in Afghanistan. Backward-looking organization that we are, we’re more interested in its historical implications.
“Ironically,” People’s Daily reports, “the initiators of ‘monkey soldiers’ are the Americans. Between the 1960s and the 1970s, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) trained massive ‘monkey soldiers’ in the Vietnam War and dispatched armed monkeys to dangerous jungles to launch assaults on Vietnamese soldiers.”
Clearly our supply of monkeys was inadequate to defeat the challenge posed by the NVA.
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