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Vietnam war - Lest we forget

Vietnam was America's longest war, over thirty years from 1945 up to 1975. America's involvement in Vietnam began with our first official casualty, as recorded on the Vietnam memorial, from 1945. Today no matter what our feelings are politically, we should remember the sacrifice of the young men and women who answered their country's call and served. We should pay our homage to the over 58,000 men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice, through the course of that war.

The Communists were committed to the destruction of the Free World, as the Islamists are committed to destruction of the non-Muslim world. There is an frightening similarity between Communism and Islam, but the similarity ends with the instinctive level of motivation of the Communists and that of the Islamists. While Communism was not an emotive paranoia as Islam is, it was also limited to the members of the communist parties, of which only a small fraction was die-hard. The paranoia called Islam is not only far more instinctive than Communism ever, was, but in addition Islam is also rooted in the ethno-cultural ethos of the Arab world. Communism had no such ethnic basis. The motivation of the communist was ideological, romantic and utopian. But that of the Muslims is emotive, ethnic, cultural and religious. Yes both the communists and the Muslims want to impose their outlook on an unwilling humankind, but the motivation of the Muslims is far more paranoid and far more blood-thirsty, than that of the communists could ever be.

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Today we need to use that lesson of the Vietnam war to urge us onwards to a swift victory in a much more challenging war that we are engaged in right now against the forces of theology-inspired terrorism that threaten to smother the spirit of freedom, once again. We need to remember this vividly and clearly so that we win this present war without repeating the mistakes of the past, that led to the enemy's victory in the Vietnam war.

Three decades back on April 30, 1975, we lost a war and gained a lesson. At the height of the Cold War American president after President wanted to contain the spread of Communism. This was the underlying wisdom for our policy from 1945 up to 1984 , till President Ronald Reagan decided to go n the offensive with the Star Wars program, against the Evil (Communist) Empire. Faced with this resolve and superior technology, that the Evil Empire almost melted away. The first to come crashing down was the Berlin Wall, following which the USSR crashed and was followed by the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe. Within a decade the Evil Empire was gone.

Then why was it that we lost out in Vietnam? Without waxing eloquent on that event, we can state that we lacked the will to destroy the enemy, we only wanted to contain it. And evil cannot be contained, it has to be destroyed. You have to seek it out, call it out and destroy it.

While we only wanted to contain Communism, the Viet Cong and the Khmer Rouge (Communists in Vietnam and Cambodia) wanted to destroy freedom in that part of the world. For them it was a fight to the finish, but driving out those who sought to preserve the Freedom and all those who supported them. We were the ones who supported the freedom loving people of Vietnam and Cambodia, to put up a fight. But our resolve was lacking. Communists want to "annihilate the enemy", much in the same way as Islamists want "Death to the Great Satan America". The Islamist and Communist adrenalin is identical. We need something to outmatch it. We need to revive our Cowboy spirit, that can alone save us by making mincemeat of the Islamist enemy today. We need to exercise not restrain, but daring courage helped by our superiority in technology. A superiority that is fast fading, with Iran catching up to becoming a nuclear power with a missile range that covers Europe and my soon reach our shores.

The alternative to defeat and destruction is our reviving our killer instinct is defeat and extinction at the hands of a ruthless and soulless Islamist enemy. The Communists were committed to the destruction of the Free World, as the Islamists are committed to destruction of the non-Muslim world. There is an eerie similarity, a similarity that ends with the instinctive motivation of the Communists and that of the Islamists. While communism was not an emotive paranoia as Islam is, it was also limited to the members of the communist parties, of which only a small fraction was die-hard. The paranoia called Islam is not only far more instinctive than Communism ever, was, Islam is also rooted in the ethno-cultural ethos of the Arab world. Communism had no such ethnic basis. The motivation of the communist was ideological, romantic and utopian. hat of the Muslims is emotive, ethnic cultural and religious. Yes both the communists and the Muslim want to impose their outlook on an unwilling humankind, but the motivation of the Muslims is far more paranoid and far more blood-thirsty, than that of the communists ever could be.

Today many of us are lulled into a false sense of security with the idea that once democracy is established in Iraq, it will be followed by the dictatorial regimes in the Middle East and North Africa falling one by one and be replaced by popular governments. Did it not happen in East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, Yugoslavia and the former USSR? Yes it did, but then here we draw a mistaken parallel. We need to remember the one essential difference between Communism and Islam.

Communism was not an emotive paranoia as Islam is, and Communism was also limited to the members of the communist parties, of which only a small fraction was die-hard. The rest of the communists were camp followers. Vladimir Putin and Boris Yelstin were also communists when communism was ruling. But once cracks appeared in Communism, they abandoned their nominal creed and joined the forces that took communism to is grave. This is not going to happen with Islam, since the emotive grip of Islam is firm on the minds of a billion and a half of its followers. Muslims will not abandon Islam for whatever reason, as Communists abandoned communism, once states sponsoring communism started withering. And with Communism the reason for commitment was logical - although the logic was faulty. With Islam it is pathological and paranoid enough, to drive its followers to die while killing for the sake of killing. This is THE reason, why the Muslim populations in the Islamic dictatorships or Islamic monarchies will not fall to the lure of democracy - if and when one is established in Iraq. The earlier the we and especially the Neo-cons realize this, and go for the root of the enemy’s outlook - Islam, the nearer will we be to winning the war on terror.

Story Credits : 175thmavericks and News on terror

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