Tito, Mao, Castro, Giap allhad to use irregular force vs
You cannot liberate anything unless you can take it and hold it. I made my comments because all Hezzbollah did was fight in place, not a very original thing to do. If the IDF had been properly trained, motivated, and led the fight would have been far different.
The Hezbollah liberating? That would be some news. I never remember them being tagged as "freedom fighters". This is like a terrorist group, their purpose is to make you bleed and make statements about your vulnerability.
That would have been the smart thing to do, but in the period right after the war, the Iraqi army could not be used. It was disorganized, shell shocked and infiltrated with Baathist. In the critical month after the fall of Baghdad the US and its allies did not have the manpower to secure the peace.
They should have secured the peace first, then gradually remove the Baathists later.
You know what I meant, but funny thing is most of the countries on your list are or were empires. China has populations that do not want to be Chinese inside of its borders whose union is only enforced by the power of the state. In these situations the army is often the homogenizer of society. In the US the last ghosts of the civil war died on Dec 7th 1941.
Well, if they don't want to be Chinese, why take a Chinese passport? China does not have internal insurgencies if that is what you mean, other than the Muslim insurgents in Xinjiang.
The army isn't any social homogenizer. It hardly plays a role in Chinese social life. In fact, the PLA's presence is almost never felt, just symbolic, like that garrison in Hong Kong. The dominance of Chinese culture itself has been the main homogenizer. The simple fact that people do not want to be left out, meant they, even as ethnic minorities, have to join in to enjoy the social progress and prosperity of the mainstream. I remember that's what my Chinese tour guide told me, as she later admits being a Mongolian.
If you look at past Chinese history, a lot of ethnic minorities became Chinese not because they have a gun holding against their head, but because they are simply swept by the culture whose norm of being "civilized" is to adopt Chinese customs and language. Its kind of like today, our norm of being educated and civilized is to wear a suit and talk English. And because in China, every minority is also Asian, eyes, skin and hair color, blending in and later absorbtion becomes very easy. You do not have the genetic differences that will continuously remind you that you are a different race.