The Monster Pt.2
The Viet Nam War was in actuality, never a war. Congress never declared war on North Viet Nam, and throughout its duration, it was officially classified a “police action”. America, was there to protect South Viet Nam from the evils of communism. We were told that it was important to keep S. Viet Nam out of the hands of the commies, because if they fell, all the other countries in Southeast Asia would be at risk of falling to the communists. This was known as the “Domino Theory”. To the young men being asked to go over there to fight, it was called the “who gives a f#&k theory”.
The Viet Nam War, divided this country in a way never before seen. The Civil War, was between the States, but the division caused by the Viet Nam War was between the generations. Older Americans who had lived through the depression, and the Second World War, thought that they were raising cowards. Bumper stickers stating “America, love it or leave it”, and “My Country, right or wrong”; decorated every station wagon. The teenagers (mostly shown as hippies) rebelled against Imperial America, by burning their draft cards, shouting slogans (“I don’t trust anyone over 30”), and moving to Canada. Campus riots hit virtually every university in the USA, where students went up against police, and the National Guard, with rocks and sticks.
While all of this was going on, There were many BIG companies, making a lot of money. There were also a lot of politicians, making a lot of money, from lobbyists working for these companies, who didn’t want the war to end. So despite the fact that Americans were being killed by the thousands, and that the war was extremely unpopular, the war machine ground on for NINE years, until the outcry was so loud, that the politicians had to concede and move out of S. Viet Nam.
Move the clock ahead forty years. Do you see any similarities? America, attacks another country, on trumped up charges, (remember WMD’s?), Americans are getting killed so that a lot of BIG companies, can make a lot of money. One of the biggest Haliburton, is owned by VP Chaney. A lot of politicians are making tons of cash, but not from lobbyists, they are the lobbyists! These companies, have gotten so big, that they have cut out the middle man! Now they just pay to have their own people elected.
The only real difference, between Viet Nam, and Iraq, is that the people getting killed, are enlistees, not draftees, as was the case in Viet Nam, so there are fewer protests. The Monster, got smarter over the last forty years. Cont….