Re: The Battle of Kontum and the War on Terrorism
Posted by Jack Heslin on 18:42:51 2/17/2003
If we revisit our history we may be able to discern the path we should follow in these dangerous times. Delaying decisive action will only cost more lives - both American and Iraq. We are at war. We did not ask for this war but we must act decisively in a world of indecision. Violence, on the scale we have experienced, must be understood for what it is - acts of war against us by organized terrorist groups and supported directly or indirectly by rouge states and it must be dealt with quickly, decisively and with profound responsibility for the consequences of our actions.
President Richard Nixon ended a 10-year war in December 1972 by using the enormous power of our B-52 bombers to convince the North Vietnamese leadership to stop their invasion of South Vietnam and to stop the killing. They signed a treaty - they gave their word - does anyone remember that - - not to invade South Vietnam again. When they perceived weakness of the American resolve after Watergate, through incredible violence, they invaded; they conquered South Vietnam and enslaved the once free people of South Vietnam.
If we fail to act quickly and decisively against the leadership of Iraq we will pay the price in more American lives lost - at home and abroad. Our continued news coverage of dissident groups - who are supported, if not lead by those who oppose America - provides moral support to the enemy during a time of war. This happened during the Vietnam War. Those of us who faced the enemy on the battlefield know what it is like to see our enemies encouraged to resist us and to fight on to kill more of us.