It’s kind of funny reading about the social reaction to the Vietnam War while also hearing daily talk about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And strangely enough, both sides of the debate are using the same rhetoric they used during Vietnam.
On one side, people say that the war is for “protection of American values and freedom” and that we must fight “for democracy’s sake” (these are caricatures, of course).
On the other side, people say that the wars are “immoral and unjust” and that the government is meddling in the affairs of far-flung and war weary places (caricatures again).
So what’s the deal? Are we still having the same arguments? When is somebody going to come up with a new perspective?