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View Diary: U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote (NYT 9/4/1967) (274 comments)

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  •  again (none)
    the communists controlled much of the countryside at that point.  Their leader, Ho Chi Minh, was the established nationalist leader of vietnam, who first came to power as the Japanese retreated, but then was kicked out by the allies.  He controlled half of the country outright, and most people in the rest of the country knew that he was the legitimate leader of one nation - Vietnam - regardless of what they might be suffering and why they might choose to vote for one or another of the cliques on the ballot in 1967.

    Whereas, nobody here and few people in Iraq believe the Sunni are the rightful rulers of Iraq.  There is an enormous difference between the two situations.

    •  Umm (none)
      how much of the country do we control when they can put suicide bombers/mortar/rocket/snipers whereever they want?

      I do not think that Viet Nam analogy is perfect, but only a fool would ignore the resonances.

      I fear many here are falling into the same trap that they fell into in April of 03 when they felt "we broke it and now we have to fix it" They didn't understand what had just happened, so they didn't know what  will happen next.

      Anyone who is reading only the NYT (or gasp MSGOP) is not well informed. Before everyone here gets on  the "it wasn't perfect, but don't criticize to give the new governmeant chance" train please go visit Juan Cole and follow his links and read.

      Emancipate yourself from Mental Slavery, No one but ourselves can free our Minds.

      by TustonDAZ on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 12:49:14 PM PST

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