Letters to the Editor

Familiar path in Iraq

Deja vu all over again.

In 1973, we pulled our soldiers out of South Vietnam after training local troops for a dozen years. Two years later, North Vietnam attacked, and the South Vietnamese soldiers threw away their guns and fled — because they were not motivated to lay down their lives for the corrupt Saigon government.

In effect, the same has happened in Iraq, with the al-Maliki government failing to create any sense of loyalty to the nation.

Fortunately for us, the Vietnamese aftermath was resolved very quickly. Not so in Iraq, as it is a post-colonial country, created by the British, that never should have been a country due to the divisions within it. It is now breaking apart, and what will be the political outcome in five or 10 years, nobody knows.