Letter: Patterns of Vietnam are echoing in Afghanistan
Back in 1970, I became the first local advocate for the Vietnam veteran. I appeared numerous times on "Kaleidoscope" and countless other media sources, not to mention testifying at Congressional committees, starting the first Virginia chapter of the Vietnam veterans, helping build the Washington Vietnam Memorial—before tiring of the public pressure and being treated like a leper and quitting.
However, in one last statement, we the Vietnam veterans swore we would never forget another generation. And we have not, even when we saw preferential treatment, better health care and even educational benefits for family members before we received them ourselves.
We continued hoping and working for everyone’s rights, even when being told we had our day, let it go. I could have sworn that, like the Korean War veteran, we never had a day. In fact, back in March of 2011, when Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina sponsored a "Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran Day," no one told us, the media barely mentioned it and then only after "our" day. It never ends.
What’s really amazing is the media, if they bothered studying their own history, could easily substitute the news from 30 years ago with today. However, the media acts as if the action in Afghanistan is something new. Current action in the Korengal Valley was met with comments such as the men had to burn their own feces, their firebase was almost overrun, the soldiers don’t know how to act when they go home, no one will speak to them about their ordeals. Déjà vu.
The really sad thing is today’s men and women are about to face their own Vietnam. When we withdraw, I am sure it will be with a peace treaty with the Taliban that’s eerily similar to the Paris Peace Accord. And we all know how well that went. I can assure you that Hamid Karzai will meet the same fate as Dr. Najibullah Ahmadzai and the Taliban will return to power.
Within months, our media and these very people who wanted us out, who ensured we fought with one hand tied behind our back, will, when they start stoning women and children, cutting off fingers and enforcing their version of Islam, be complaining.
The scary part is this will be found throughout the Middle East countries now in turmoil—the Muslim Brotherhood will rise to power. Once they grab the oil fields, they will use their new-found wealth to attack Israel with nuclear weapons, eliminating the oil fields and forcing the rest of the world into conflict over the remaining oil reserves.
Homeland Security has already said it is only a matter of time before terrorists secure nuclear, biological and/or chemical weapons from North Korea, Iran or Pakistan—and are sure to use it within the United States. What will we do then? I have often said if we had to fight World War II with the politically correct police, ACLU and public pressure, we would have never won. When this happens, and it will, we will say "we cannot prove who did it and we cannot strike back without harming innocent civilians." And there it will end.
I don’t know who I’ll feel sorry for, these young men and women who like the Vietnam veteran will have lost a war, or a public who listens to a biased media that cost us a nation.