Is Iraq becoming America's new Vietnam ??
January 12, 2007 1:02am CST
I have pondered for quite a while before posting the topic .. but with the latest American reinforcements being sent to Iraq and with no deadline given for their return, I felt I could ask the question. I am old enough to remember Vietnam, in many ways (and in a nutshell) the expectation was to 'go in' sort out the 'problems' and leave .. admirable enough .. but it never worked out that way and America spent years sending troops after troops .. sadly many of whom would never return alive to families and loved ones ... and realistically America never achieved what they originally set out to do .. And now we have the Iraq 'situation' .. I know the 'problem' is a completely different one to Vietnam .. but once again we have a situation where Iraqs problems are going to be very long term, decades probably .. there are no short and easy ways to sort out the ethnic problems .. and while those problems continue there can be no real self governing .. So now America has pledged yet more troops .. yet by all accounts the Iraqi citizens themselves don't want this .. so not only might there be more civil fighting but potentially more backlashes against the troops who are there supposedly to help .. Sorry, starting to go round in circles, but what I can and do see .. is a 'Vietnam' situation all over again ... but how can anyone resolve this .. if American troops leave it could end in wholesale ethnic slaughter .. if they stay .. well it probably might just exacerbate and prolong the conflict .. Far too many lives are being lost, both by the troops and by the Iraqi citizens .. but what next ??
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 07
Unfortunately it's a no win situation either way, if the US and UK troops pull out then Iraq will be over-run by the rebels and another Saddam will come to power and it will be deja vu. Iraq is still extremely unstable and it is a volatile situation. However if our troops do NOT pull out then there will be more casualties, exactly like Vietnam we are fighting on soil that the the terrorists know like the back of their hand and will always have the upper hand. The problem will never be resolved and whatever we do, whatever decisions will be made there will be always casualties. But whether it will make the situation back at home less volatile through threats from terrorists once we do pull out. It's a decision I couldn't make and don't envy the powers making that decision. Either way they'll always have blood on their hands for going into Iraq into the first place.
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