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Vietnam ‘deja vu’?

M. Andre

The preemptive war on Iraq is a sharp reminder of President Lyndon Johnson’s Vietnam war and his conclusion in 1964 that the Vietnam war was not going to be won in spite of multiple American victorious battles. Are we repeating a Vietnam “deja vu?”

Similar to many veterans of that time (1966-1968), I was a draftee who witnessed war and the effects close up. Residuals of that unforgettable experience36 years ago have been exacerbated by the Iraq war, disclosures of horrid Iraq POW atrocities and the story of the American decapitated by revengeful terrorists.

Perhaps we owe a debt of gratitude for the powerful statement of the now infamous digital photos out of Abu Ghraib prison. These “real-time” photos are a first in informing the public about the deep, dark aspect of war.

Hopefully, these tragic events will permit a re-evaluation of the Iraq occupation, enabling a staged withdrawal of American forces, Iraqi independence and allowing America to get back world respect and cooperation in the effort to achieve peace in Iraq.

M. Andre

Grass Valley

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