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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Iraq is not Viet Nam

William Larsen in “Publisher a plus” puts words in publisher’s mouth, August 23, 2005
After years of observing how the Iraq war has failed, and endangered the American people (and entire planet), Jeff has come to recognize that the war is not only unwinnable but historically and morally unjustified
Tell me again how the Iraq war failed? Because the press said it has failed? Have the 50,000 free Iraq people declared democracy a failure? Even the Sunni are registering to vote, they now get the message. Votes count.

How has the Iraq war endangered the entire planet? The terroist were attacking our ships, embassies, and New York office buildings long before the US military captured Iraq.

This is not Viet Nam, which was a national conflict. The majority of the insurgents are not natives of Iraq, but islamic terrorist from surrounding countries. They have no nationalistic ties, only a fear of democractic freedom. It is only like Viet Nam, in that the political left declares it to be. Where have I gone wrong?

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Blogger starchie said...

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Tue Aug 23, 08:14:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Russ Steele said...

The deleted post did not contributer to the discussion, so it was removed.

Tue Aug 23, 09:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Frederic Christie said...

That's simply false, Russ. Very good terrorologists have studied the insurgency and noted that it is far more complex than just an al Qaeda front (and remember: the Vietcong were Communist front forces, of course; new imperial lies for new imperial days). It includes recycled Ba'athists (who, according to Ritter and others, have managed to coopt the religious elements) and populist revolt. I have a video from the Iraqi Resistance on my computer, and it is incredibly inspiring, discussing democracy. Might it be propaganda? Yes. Do we have the right to be there if it is? No. No matter what you or I happen to think of the Iraqi resistance, they are the resistance to an illegal occupation.

Yes, terrorists were attacking us before Iraq, but your comment ignores that there's simply no connection between the two incidents. The war in Iraq, as Hegemony or Survival documented for hundreds of pages, has increased proliferation pressures and massively increased global terror. It has also undermined the peace treaties and organizations (the UN Charter, Nuremberg, etc.) that would make the world safe even with these problems.

But I use the Viet Nam analogy rather differently, Russ, and your notion of the "political left" clearly shows that, respectfully, you don't know your ass from your elbow regarding what's the left and what's not. I view a criticism of the war in Iraq that it hurts American interests as about as courageous as a German dissident saying that killing the Jews was wasting vital resources. We shouldn't be there because we killed 100,000 people, a fact you and the entire mainstream likes to conveniently bury under neo-colonialist blather about democracy.

The Iraqi people, who earned the election over US force, are of course trying to vote... but those votes don't let them, say, kick out the illegally occupying army.

Tue Sep 06, 06:08:00 PM PDT  

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