Tuesday, January 31, 2006


I have heard a lot of people comparing the Iraq war to the Vietnam war. There certainly are a lot of similarities which leads me to the question: will we ever learn? We can pull out of Iraq and our troops will stop dying there, but will it make a long term difference? For a few years we may be war weary, but I don't see this making a permanent change. We had a horrible, unneccessary war in Vietnam and maybe for a few years or a decade or so, people wanted to stay out of conflict, but eventually bloodthirstiness triumphed. Unfortunately, I don't see that changing.

What could we do to make people want to stay out of wars? We can try to show people that war isn't glorious or honorable or heroic. How would we do that and would it even help?