Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Iraq-Vietnam-Bosnia: the readers have their say 

I've been reading comments from the readers of the "Good news from Iraq" article in the "Opinion Journal" (I know, I know, it's a bit sad, but in the blogging game most of the time a kind word is the only reward we get), and I thought I would share with you two interesting comments. The first one from Joseph Revell of Pensacola, Florida:

"If we had had a few factual-news disseminators like Arthur Chrenkoff during the Vietnam War years, real news sources to counter the drumbeat of distortion and despair from the triad of establishment press, the leftist politicians, and the irrational leftist antiwar protesters, we would have had an entirely different outcome in Southeast Asia.

"For those of us fighting that war (I was a Marine Corps infantry officer with two tours there), knowing that we were winning in the boots-on-the-ground realm, to watch and hear the likes of Walter Cronkite and John Kerry tearing down our blood-bought victories was an experience that still brings a disbelieving, sour memory of betrayal. After the 1968 North Vietnamese Tet Offensive, a smashing defeat of the NVA and Viet Cong, 'the most trusted voice in America' Mr. Cronkite, took it upon himself to declare the exact opposite outcome. And his fellow-travelers in the media and America-haters throughout our land were quick to pile on."
And the other one from Joy Loth of Houston, Texas:

"I watched the House Arms Services Committee this morning questioning generals and foreign ambassadors about Bosnia where it was remarked that Kosovo is still a dangerous area which needs constant attention. I wondered why our forces being there still after eight years is never mentioned by the media while we are led to believe that Iraq is a hopeless venture, one where bloodshed receives daily negative coverage. Is it more important for Bosnian's to experience freedom than Iraqis? Why are President Bush and members of his administration considered traitors when the promise of Iraq's future seems more hopeful than that of the former Iron Curtain countries?"
To both perspectives - indeed.


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