NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
18th June, 1965 : Vowing to mobilise all able-bodied men to fight in the war against the Viet Cong, Air-marshal Nguyen Cao Ky today became South Vietnam’s new and youngest Premier. The 34-year-old Ky, who is chief of the Air Force, was named in the post by the ten-man Military National Leadership Committee headed by Major-General Nguyen Van Thieu. Though the militant Buddhists would prefer a civilian government, they seem willing for now to accept Ky. The flamboyant, moustachioed Ky was partly trained in the United States and has personally led air strikes against North Vietnam.
[13th June, 2014 : Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric issued a rare call to arms to defend against attacking Sunni insurgents, portending a wider sectarian conflict as thousands of young men heeded his words. Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who has millions of followers world-wide, called on all able men to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an al Qaeda offshoot, whose lightning offensive across a large swath of western Iraq this past week sent tremors across the region.]