February 17, 2004

Viet Nam v. Iraq

Writes Christopher Hitchens:

A war fought with weapons of indiscriminate slaughter, and accompanied by racist rhetoric, with a conscript Army deployed against a highly evolved revolutionary movement is as different as could possibly be from a campaign of precision-guided munitions, with an all-volunteer Army, directed at the overthrow of a hideous and dangerous tyranny, and then taking the form of a drive for free elections and a constitution. If people say that it's "reminiscent" of Vietnam, it means they don't remember Vietnam.

Indeed.

And, also indeed:

Sooner or later, Sen. John Kerry is going to have to say which he thought was the noble cause: the war or the antiwar movement.

And, triple indeed:

There's something creepy about the Democratic decision to hail the heroes of Vietnam, from Kerry to Clark, and to denigrate the extraordinary effort being made to salvage Iraq and to pursue and kill people who really are, unlike the Viet Cong, the common enemies of humanity. It's trying too hard, and it's inauthentic and hypocritical as well as point-missing.

The whole piece is worth a look.

Posted by Steven Taylor at February 17, 2004 01:25 PM | TrackBack
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