The Wall Street Journal carried an excellent editorial last week entitled “68 Redux”.
Robert McFarland, a Vietnam war veteran, explains the similarities between the media coverage of Vietnam and Iraq today.
If one recalls the Tet Offensive, it was launched by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces who were defeated on the battlefield by US forces. According to the media, we were resoundingly defeated. Sound familiar?
Just the same as 39 years ago, support for the war is unraveling in the same proportion as liberal sentiment is growing. I don’t know about you folks, but I found the hippie movement of the 60’s deplorable. I was just a kid then, but still remember the acts of violence under the auspices of “peace now”. Their rage against the establishment amounted to nothing more than this same hypocritical group lock stepping with ‘the establishment’ and fading into obscurity.
What saddens me is that people don’t take the time to gain an understanding. They wish it spoon fed immediately. It takes too long to do the work themselves.
Those that do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.
Why don’t people take the time to gain an understanding themselves? Pick up a history book, investigate and reach your own conclusions, without a reporter’s slant as to what is occurring.
I watch many state that we had no purpose in Vietnam, we lost the war. Do you think those that were executed in the killing fields wished us gone?
Do you think the Kurds and Iraqis outside the triangle of death will wish us gone too?