IS IRAQ ANOTHER VIET NAM?
Dr. Laurie Roth Ph.D.
I realize this is the popular sentiment and what gear the media and many are stuck in now, BUT, is this true? Was the war in Viet Nam the cataclysmic failure we refer to and eagerly compare this war with? Who are we supposed to be fighting with? "its bin Laden and al-Qaeda stupid…..right?" Only last night one of my radio callers was screaming this at me, shocked at my ignorance and suggesting a fraudulent component of Bush and the war period!!!
So……going back a bit…..did Viet Nam accomplish anything at all? Looking at our history on this and the media coverage you would think it was the plague we went through!!! It only held back the aggressive spread of communism for MANY years, changing the momentum and ability of this evil in its aggressive movement. That was a victory in itself!!! How often have we had to hear the endless orgy from the media and liberals in America how it was a FAILURE, a WASTE of time, THE VIOLENT EVIL of so many of the troops to civilians…..on and on. Boy…..we got those troop "failures" back though. Thanks to folks like Jane Fonda, John Kerry, a host of other celebrities, leaders and media in general, we let those Viet Nam troops have it when they returned!!! Why waste spit when we can put it on a wounded soldier? Why waste a perfectly good thank you and effort at help when we could mock a soldier into becoming a street person.
The comparison of what is going on in Iraq to Viet Nam ONLY attacks the person doing it. It speaks of their stupidity about the gains REALLY made with Viet Nam; It speaks to their disrespect and hatred for troops in general: It speaks to their lack of understanding about the nature of war period….its messes….and its struggles. Finally, it speaks to their inability to understand and face that evil exists and sadly grows and forces every generation to FACE it!!!
Yes, the war in Iraq is not perfect. Troops and civilians have died and are dying, Our foe is slippery and changes shape as we progress, but, the following is also true. Our troops have so far taken out 4 weapons of mass destruction and don't you ever forget it! Uday, Qusay, Saddam and Al-Zarqawi. They were all responsible for massive amounts of torture and murders. You say "Laurie…you are so stupid….we weren't fighting Saddam but Bin Laden!!!" Nap time is over kindergarteners…..listen up to the basics of sentence structure! Bin Laden was only one ace in a very large card deck of killers!!! He represents the ongoing and evil war we are forced to face against fundamentalist Islam…………the new and very motivated Nazi party!
Those who witnessed Wednesday's Pentagon Press conference heard the real answer. Tuesday morning the Department of Defense de-classified information showing that American liberating troops found over 500 weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. These missiles contained deadly chemical warheads as previously used on Kurds in Northern Iraq. Apparently the General who was then head of the Russian Special Forces unit in Iraq was not able to move ALL of these weapons to Syria and Lebanon prior to the Allied invasion.
Not all Islamics want to fight and take us out but a whole lot of their leaders, organizations and Clerics do!!! Bin Laden was only one among a very organized anti symetic, anti freedom system of hate!!! Face it unless you want to do what they demand….happily convert, throw away our democracy and stop supporting Israel.
I said it last night on air and I will say it again. Do you think Saddam was just waiting for the inspectors to come in and find his weapons? Common sense would tell you that Saddam was crafty and sneaky enough to transfer his weapons elsewhere, like Iran, Syria on and on.
Regardless of how you view the mess of this war understand this. All war is messy. Some evil dictators don't do well with rules, freedom and respectful negotiations. Our troops are the best in the world and they ARE cleaning house against the killers and letting the Islamic extremists know that "no" you can't just walk in and nuke us or Israel!
Perhaps its time to do less comparing to Viet Nam, turn your comparing into praying and support. This is a complicated and REAL war whether you like or hate Bush, are a Republican or Democrat. Evil is real, in our face, and we are dealing with it!
© 2006 Dr. Laurie Roth - All Rights Reserved
Laurie Roth has a Ph.D. in Counseling and held a small private practice for many years. She earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is the proverbial "pastor's daughter" when it comes to her sense of adventure and her independent thinking. Laurie is a singer/songwriter with five CD albums to her credit, one track, which landed her in Billboard's top 40 ranks and on the cover of Cash Box Magazine. She plays the piano, keyboard, and violin and has a voice that can penetrate your very soul.
In the late 90's, Laurie hosted and produced a successful PBS television show called "CD Highway" that aired nationally on 130 TV stations. What made the show a success was Laurie's on-air persona as she interviewed stars such as Al Green, Blondie, Pat Bennitar, Chicago, 3 Dog Night, Lou Rawls, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Christopher Cross, Men at Work, Billy Rae Cyrus, Diamond Rio, Rita Coolidge, and dozens more.
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Perhaps its time to do less comparing to Viet Nam, turn your comparing into praying and support. This is a complicated and REAL war whether you like or hate Bush, are a Republican or Democrat. Evil is real, in our face, and we are dealing with it!!!