883 – The insanity of war from a Vietnam Vet’s viewpoint.

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Most all Vietnam Veterans would agree with William Tecumseh Sherman, a Civil War general of note, when he made the famous statement “War is Hell.” When one observes the death and destruction associated with war many times the thought that war is insanity comes to mind. Why would someone do something that would hurt so many innocent victims.

This issue was recently addressed in an opinion piece found on the daily internet publication American Thinker Titled: War: The Necessary Insanity. The piece was submitted by Robert Arvay. He repeated the oft cited belief the Vietnam War was the first televised war where the people back home could watch in almost real time the horrors of war. The people back home could see things like the image of a nine year old Phan Thị Kim Phúc running away from a napalm strike on her village by South Vietnamese pilots no less.

He went on to point out that in recent times war has seemed to become almost a spectator event, with bombs and missiles raining down from far away. Sometimes the bombs themselves are equipped with cameras that show the bomb’s flight directly into the target.

His main point is that fighting wars are a form of insanity but it is something that must be done in the world we live in today. In the very near future countries like North Korea and Iran will have the capability to send nuclear tipped ICBMs to our heartland. No longer are we protected by large bodies of water like the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

America must face the fact if we value our country and our way of life it is going to be highly necessary for Americans to stand together an face the insanity of war. Arvay states that “America’s enemies are emboldened by eight years of cowardice in the Oval Office” and it now time to stand up and fight for what is right.


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