MAP Member Opinion "Peace"  

Iraq - Vietnam Quagmire
by Todd Erickson
Published in Star Tribune, 3/19/04

With the first anniversary upon us, the U.S. occupation of Iraq appears similar to the Vietnam quagmire:

• We attacked another country that wasn't a threat to us.

• It has all the appearances of imperialism and reckless warmongering by war hawks.

• It has stoked Iraqi nationalism against an unwanted military occupation force, causing U.S. soldiers and allies to be under attack on a daily basis.

• Our government is painting a rosy picture when the overall conditions have worsened for average Iraqis.

• We have a poor knowledge of Iraq's culture and undertake actions that are not winning hearts and minds in that country.

Todd L. Erickson, Minneapolis.
Veterans for Peace, Chapter #27


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