Saturday, November 12, 2005

Lessons from Vietnam for Iraq

I just saw an interview panel on TV talking about Iraq. One of them said that perhaps we should pull out of Iraq, and used our betrayal of South Vietnam as an example of how it would work successfully. He said that our pullout did not result in a domino effect, (which is both wrong and right.....the dominoes of South Vietnam and Cambodia did fall) and thus it was a success. No one on the panel had the courage, knowledge or perspective to bring up the effect our withdrawal had on millions of Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians. The millions in Pol Pot's killing fields, the millions who died on rickety boats in the South China Sea, and the hundreds of thousands who died in the re-education camps should all weigh on our national conscience.

Does anybody believe that if we pullout of Iraq now it won't descend into civil war, dictatorship and opression? That millions of Iraq won't be killed and oppressed? We cannot abandon people seeking freedom.

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