posted on Aug, 28 2011 @ 11:30 AM
I have read all the posts re: Cuito Cuenavale and the supposed use of nuclear weapons. Unfortunately you have not looked at all the available
The reality of this battle was that both sides (SADF/Unita versus Cuba/MPLA) claim victory, but none can. The historical fact around this battle has
since degenerated into political propaganda. Campbell is a socialist that writes from a specific ideological point of view, and to even quote Casto is
South Africa's involvement in the Angolan conflict ended with the acceptance of resolution 435. Negotiations was underway while the battle was still
being thought. The question then would be, why would South Africa use on of only 6 nuclear bombs in its arsenal to derail negotiations ? It would have
alienated the few allies they did have and the US would have withdrawn their backing of Unita (and the SADF).
The truth was that the battle reached a stalemate and that the opposing groups were all trying to safe face and were desperately seeking to find
"honourable" ways to withdraw.
Interesting enough, MK took no part in the battle, yet they were one of the groups that claimed "victory" and attended the 20 year celebrations.
The truth is unfortunately one of the first casualties of war. I suggest you go and read wider. Read both sides' version of the battle an using the
facts available and some logical reasoning you will come to one conclusion:
You can't believe anything you read, especially not the internet.
I want to end of the following food for thought : The South African army has been in the hands of the ANC government for the past 17 years. Why are
the official orders and documents pertaining to the battle still classified ? March orders, unit orders could easily show the following:
1) Number of SADF soldiers and units that took part in the battle.
2). Soldiers and equipment lost - could prove or disprove claims made by both sides.
3) Orders issued - this could show the actual objectives of the SADF. Was it to take Cuito, or was it to prevent UNITA from being overrun.
The Cubans have made a lot of claims on the casualties and equipment losses they inflicted on the SADF. The fact is that they have not been able to
prove any of these claims. One of the more infamous examples of disinformation was the number of G6 self propelled howitzers they claimed to have
destroyed. They claimed a kill tally of 17. The truth is that there were 6 units in total in action at Cuito, all pre-production models.
On the SADF side they claimed that the destruction of Cuito was imminent, when in truth the real fighting has only begun.
I can go on and on, but I have to admit a bit of bias on my side. All I can ask is that if you are truly interested in understanding the truth, you
must read as wide as possible. Some of the Soviet advisers wrote their memoirs on the Angolan conflict and it is interesting to note that their
reflections differ a lot from the propaganda of the Cubans.