Episode 1001 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will take a look at the importance of history with special emphasis on the Vietnam War. Norm Boyter recently submitted an opinion piece to The Augusta Chronicle Study of history provides answers over U.S. actions. In his opinion piece he pointed out the value of history when it comes to steering the ship of stated through the perilous times we live in today.
Boyter began by describing how America started out with an isolationist inclination because for so long we were protected by two large oceans. That all changed on Decemberd7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked and destroyed Pearl Harbor. Isolationist policy was also destroyed in the attack. We joined the Allies to defeat the Axis powers and have never stepped back from involvement in the politics/governments of other nations to this day.
We have found that appeasement does not work in the world we live in today. The atomic bombs we developed seventy years ago have spread to other nations and have become a standard tool of enforcing national policy with large and small nations. Not only do we face serious nuclear threats from countries like North Korea and Iran, we are challenged by unchecked destruction by terrorists from small nations.
Dealing with such threats to our national existence requires steady and wise leadership. Boyter professes that the study of history will provide the necessary insight our leaders need to proceed in the world we live in today.
John Kennedy would frequently remind us of the Edmund Burke quote: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” For good men to act the right way they must have a strong foundation in history.
Boyter recommends a study of U.S. and world histories to help prevent any more Vietnam Wars.
Discover more about the importance of history at episode 1001.