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  •  I don't think it is 'understood' (3+ / 0-)
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    as being "part of the bargain" when the war being fought is unprovoked, unsustainable, with no realistic criteria for victory or end, and is be waged for the economic and political benefit of the very few crony capitalists and their stooge politicans, at the expense of the blood of our children, the wealth of our treasury, and the future of our country.

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    by lightfoot on Sun May 28, 2006 at 07:52:39 AM PDT

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    •  Absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm saying they come slowly to that point of recognition. And I'm certainly not saying that it's a fair bargain, if that's what you think. To me, that attitude is like worshipping Moloch, sacrificing your children so that the harvest is good. Nothing could be more morally depraved, but it can be very hard for them to see it. I don't know how old you are, but you need to have heard the unbelievable rationalizations made by Red staters about Vietnam at times when hundreds were getting killed in a week of fighting. What they thought or felt privately, who knows, but they had to keep up face. It was enough to make you vomit.

      •  I was young, but I remember the Vietnam (1+ / 0-)
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        War, and I remember hearing the body counts on radio and TV.  You are right; the majority of people in this country supported that war at least until 1968, and by some polls even into 1970.  There seems to be a "rally around the flag" effect that results in the majority of people in this country supporting any war at its onset, no matter how unjust. But for a war that is unjust and unnecessary, broad public support erodes along with trust in the government. But I believe you that many people who are dependent on the war economy may support the war until the bitter end, indeed, there are still those Vietnam War bitter-enders today who insist they were betrayed by the American People, instead of recognizing they were betrayed by their government.

        I appreciate the collective wisdom passed down from those such as you who were old enough to truly realize the insanity of the war in Vietnam, and I think that is a major reason why the war in Iraq has become so much more unpopular, so much more quickly, than the war in Vietnam did.


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        by lightfoot on Sun May 28, 2006 at 09:59:32 AM PDT

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