Yes, Our Cause In Vietnam Was
by: - T.L.
Foster, Peoria, Illinois.
Republican presidential candidate Ronald
Reagan has been drawing fire from certain quarters for his recent affirmation
fought for noble motives in Vietnam.
Specifically, Reagan told the Veterans
of Foreign Wars in Chicago
the “Vietnam Syndrome”had made Americans timid and apologetic for
their opposition to communist aggression.
“Well, it’s time we
recognized that ours was, in truth, a noble cause. We dishonor the memory of 58,000 young
Americans who died in that cause and over a quarter of a million wounded when
we give way to feelings of guilt as if we were doing something shameful.”
Reagan’s image of the contemporary
American fighting man is somewhat removed from the currently approved Hollywood stereotype of a drug-crazed zombie or
neo-fascist psychopath in G.I. fatigues. But Reagan is absolutely right. As individuals and as a nation, we
generally fought for noble motives in Vietnam.
To say that is not to say the war was
being fought wisely by any means. But then the soldiers in the front lines did
not know that the politicians of the U.S.A. were using them to fight and
die in a war that the U.S.
government had no intention of winning or even tying such as in Korea.
But those such as George McGovern,
Ted Kennedy, Frank Church and Jimmy Carter who supported the war while it was
going on under Democratic leadership, but ultimately called it
“racist,” bear a heavy burden when they go beyond questioning the
wisdom or practicality of our effort in Southeast Asia to condemning our
Perhaps the strongest answer to
that is to look at what followed our withdrawal from Southeast
Asia. Nothing produced
more scorn among ardent anti-war liberals than the “domino theory.”
The idea that if North
Vietnam conquered South Vietnam it would also conquer
Generally speaking the rest of Southeast Asia
would also fall if South
Vietnam did. Well, we left and North Vietnam
conquered South Vietnam,
and is currently probing Thailand.
The left wingers also laughed at
the idea that victory by North
Vietnam and the Khmer Rouge would be
followed by repression and mass executions. But all Vietnam today is a prison, with
tens of thousands in concentration camps and tens of thousands of pathetic
“boat people” fleeing their doomed homeland.
In Cambodia, the communist Pol Pot
regime practiced genocide on a scale proportionately greater than even Hitler
with the Jews. Where was our human
rights President during this holocaust ?
The young Americans who shouldered arms
during the long Vietnam
struggle may have shared some of the popular misgivings about the war, but they
did their duty as fully as any of their forefathers and they did carry the
extra burden of scorn from many in their homeland. It is a burden that they are long since
entitled to put down. For most of
them, there was nothing at all ignoble about their performance !
From: “The Peoria
Journal Star” newspaper
Peoria, Illinois… September 6,