In a message dated 8/2/2001 1:56:28 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< Another time was when the US bombed Hanoi for Christmas. I still
remember the first few lines of the special report newscast, mentioning
'wave after wave of B-52 bombers'. He clapped and cheered. It was rare
to see him this animated. The link was formed:
Demonstrators = bad, bombing = good.
Perspective. The United Stated waged its war in Indochina, unlike any other
war, because of two reasons; mission slip, and the fear that we would
stumbling into a war with nuclear armed China and possibly, the USSR.
Demonstrators were more effective in the 1960s and early 70's, however our
society has become less influenced by such activities in the last 25
years-have you noticed? The idea that the use of carpet bombing was more
"decisive" was probably viewed as determined. This must have been more
appealing rather then wallowing in Southeast Asia and doing nothing.
Being on the "demonstrators' side; with 20/20 hindsight, let me say that we
could have won the war, with 3 million more North Vietnamese dead, and 20
million Chinese dead; possibly using nuclear bombs to eliminate Chinese
intervention. But now we are speaking to a classic Phyhric Victory. But to
may, on both sides, it seemed better to initiate action, rather then let the
North Vietnamese dictate every action-which is what they did.
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