The Deployment Diary

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Sheehan and her Ilk - Why They Want a Vietnam Part II

I feel sorry for her son. If he were to know how she is acting and the lying, treasonous, leftist talking points she is spewing, I'm sure (from what I've read about the young man) he'd be heartbroken, angry and most likely, feel betrayed. However, what can we expect from a woman who tried to talk her soldier son into fleeing to Canada to avoid his responsibilities to his country and just as importantly, his responsibilities to his fellow soldiers? It's not as though our country drafted a pacifist here. This young man did honorably volunteer.

Sheehan seems to forget that her son CHOSE to not only join the Army, but to reenlist. Apparently, he enjoyed the Army or he would have gotten out - not re-upped. The Army was lucky to have a man like him among its ranks! It is young men like him coming in the military today with his drive, his patriotism, his morals, his ability to see right and wrong (and many other positive attributes) that is not only the future of the US Army, but the future of our great nation.

It is men of bravery like SPC Casey Sheehan who will be the great leaders of tomorrow. It is people like his mother who use lies, half-truths and distortions to get their 15 minutes of fame. They prove by their actions they are spineless and have no empathy for other human beings (especially brutalized people suffering under a dictator). Cindy Sheehan is just a 2005 version of people like Jane Fonda who betrayed the men dying for their country in Vietnam. She is just another John Kerry with the lies and half-truths he spewed before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971.

SPC Sheehan paid the ultimate price. His sacrifice deserves this nation's utmost respect and gratitude. How does his own mother show the respect she has for her son? She says the terrorists are "freedom fighters" and:
...[U.S. troops] have created more terrorism by going to an Islamic country," Sheehan complained to CBS Newsman Mark Knoller.


I read that today and it sickened me. Apparently, Sheehan has had her head stuck in the proverbial sand and has no knowledge of Iraq's terrorism ties...ties the country had long before we toppled the murderous dictator who had tortured his own people for decades. Nah, he never paid the families of suicide bombers in Palestine. There wasn't a fuselage in the middle of the desert in Iraq to train terrorists how to hijack airplanes. Nope, Saddam never allowed an injured terrorist into Iraq for medical care and allowed him to stay. And of course, there are NO reports of terrorists meeting with some of Saddam's henchmen...terrorists that were involved in September 11th.

Vietnam Part II
It's no secret that anti-war demonstrators during the Vietnam War directly led to more American deaths. A former NVA officer wrote a book some years back stating that the NVA leadership knew that they could never win on the battlefield. However, if they held on long enough, America would lose the war at home and be forced to withdraw. I've searched for the NVA Officer's name and the title of the book, but failed to find it - and for the life of me, I cannot remember it. If anyone knows, please post it in the comments and I'll update this post.

Sheehan and ilk like her, compare Iraq to Vietnam because they want Operation Iraqi Freedom to become another Vietnam. These protestors, once again, are being supported and funded by anti-American groups that prefer another form of government to capitalism and democracy (such as communism or socialism for example). Just as these types of groups cared nothing about the Vietnamese people, they don't really care about Iraq, dead soldiers and Marines - or Iraqi civilians being killed daily by terrorists. Despite what they say, the only thing they really care about is their own agenda.

Their objective? To repeat history. These traitors dream of thousands and thousands with their same sickening view of America, marching on Washington, chanting idiotic slogans, signs that read as though their Al Qaeda friends had written them themselves - and forcing Bush to crumble under anti-war pressure and withdraw our troops.

They hope that our current pitiful excuse for a media will play along for this generation as well as they did for the peaceniks of the late 60s. Thus far, the press seems all too willing to go along. PFC Lyndie England is a perfect example. Poll Americans and I'm sure the majority will know her name and what the low-life did to become so "famous." The MSM sure covered this story. Boy, did they ever cover this story. On the flip side of this coin, poll them about SFC Paul Smith. I doubt most will know who he is and what a hero he was - much less that he is the first servicemember to be awarded the Medal of Honor in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I guess this story, the MSM didn't see fit to cover. Want to see for yourself? Do a quick google search for PFC Lyndie England. Notice within the first ten results, you'll find a story about her from not only usatoday.com, but also cbsnews.com. Now, do a google search for SFC Paul Smith. Notice not one MSM article can be found in the first ten results? Now, please tell me the MSM does a good job of being fair and balanced not only towards Operation Iraqi Freedom, but towards our military.

Sheehan and her ilk dream of another Tet, where a popular journalist (such as Cronkite was in his day), announces to the country that we have lost this war...despite the fact that Tet was a horrible defeat for the enemy on the battlefield. In this anti-war type of reality, an American success on the battlefield is reported as an utter failure and the enemy wins despite the facts or the truth...

These anti-war ilk scream they can, "support our troops while not supporting this war."

No. You cannot.

Why?

It only takes a little knowledge of history, with a dash of common sense to know. You cannot support our troops AND protest the war without encouraging our enemies - and discouraging every-day Iraqis. How many Iraqis are going to assist coalition troops in pointing out the terrorists if they fear (due to "all" the anti-war demonstrations or the same ones covered over and over again thanks to the MSM) we are going to pull out and leave them at the mercy of terrorists?

Unlike Sheehan and her fellow ilk, our terrorist enemies DO KNOW HISTORY - especially our history. They know what happened in Vietnam. They know the large part the anti-war movement played in our abandoning the South Vietnamese, not to mention breaking our promise of continued support monetarily and militarily with arms and ammunition after we pulled our troops out.

Just as the anti-war crowd hopes to end a war with protests (not victories on the battlefield of course), our terrorist enemies most likely watch the news coverage after every one of their attacks. Their goal is to keep killing long enough that the protestors will grow in numbers after each terror attack. These terrorists believe as the North Vietnamese believed in their time: "We don't need to win military victories, we only need to hit them until they give up and get out."

Again, these enemies understand history and hope to repeat it. And since both the protestors and the terrorists are striving to achieve the same goal, they both can be considered enemies of America in my opinion. As the protesters try to gain more coverage and make more noise, the terrorists will strive to add more fuel to the fire in the form of more deaths of U.S. soldiers. Each time Cindy gets a mic in her hand, she is helping take another son or daughter from their mother. If that Mother doesn't agree with Cindy? Well, according to Cindy herself,
How can these moms who still support George Bush and his insane war in Iraq want more innocent blood shed just because their sons or daughters have been killed' I don't understand it. I don't understand how any mother could want another mother to feel the pain we feel. I am starting to lose a little compassion for them. I know they have been as brainwashed as the rest of America, but they know the pain and heartache and they should not wish it on another. However, I still feel their pain so acutely and pray for these 'continue the murder and mayhem' moms to see the light.


There you have it. Although Cindy is encouraging the terrorists to kill more soldiers and Marines, she calls these grieving Mothers "Murder and Mayhem" moms. Truly sickening.

She goes on to say
In taking Camp Casey to Congress we are creating problems for the very people who voted to give George the authority to invade an innocent country and cause the deaths of so many people.

Invade an innocent country...

Even France and Russia (with their hands in the Oil for Food cookie jar) didn't consider Iraq an innocent country. She forgets that we were enforcing a no-fly zone prior to this war and this innocent country tried to shoot down our planes daily. I'll politely remind Cindy that these planes are flown by someone's son or daughter. I'm sure, somehow, us enforcing the UN mandated no-fly zones and putting pilots' lives on the line was Bush's fault too, even though it was started long before Bush or even Clinton took office. Nah, it's probably America's fault. Cindy and her ilk believe everything is America's and/or Bush's fault.

The Aftermath
So, what happens if the current anti-war protesters get their way as their late '60s counterparts did in Vietnam? What happens if we pull out of Iraq and leave the Iraqi people to fight the terrorists themselves with no American assistance?

Once again, we need to look no further than history to gain some insight into these questions.

On January 27, 1973, the US and North Vietnam signed a peace agreement. In two years, the North would invade South Vietnam. In 55 days, the south would fall to the communist north.

End of story, right?

Maybe the end to some - like our noble, "stop the slaughter" anti-war protesters. However, it was just the beginning "of the slaughter" for those in the South who had fought so hard to defend their freedom and democracy - those who had fought along side Americans.

Even after our troop withdrawal in 1973, Jane Fonda and her ilk kept the pressure on Congress in the form of the Indochina Peace Coalition. Nixon had promised continued support for the South. In the event the North broke the peace agreement, Nixon promised the US would come to their assistance. Unfortunately, Congress voted against further funding and our South Vietnamese friends were left to fight alone, with little ammunition. I cannot begin to imagine the terror these people felt knowing they were on their own and now at the mercy of the communist North.

James Webb gives us a glimpse into the reality of the South Vietnamese during this time in this 2003 article, (emphasis mine)Sleeping With the Enemy:
On the battlefields of Vietnam the elimination of all U.S. logistical support was stunning and unanticipated news. South Vietnamese commanders had been assured of material support as the American military withdrew—the same sort of aid the U.S. routinely provided allies from South Korea to West Germany—and of renewed U.S. air strikes if the North attacked the South in violation of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords. Now they were staring at a terrifyingly uncertain future, even as the Soviets continued to assist the Communist North.

As the shocked and demoralized South Vietnamese military sought to readjust its forces to cope with serious shortages, the newly refurbished North Vietnamese immediately launched a major offensive. Catching many units out of position, the North rolled down the countryside over a 55-day period. In the ensuing years I have interviewed South Vietnamese survivors of these battles, many of whom spent ten years and more in Communist concentration camps after the war. The litany is continuous: "I had no ammunition." "I was down to three artillery rounds per tube per day." "I had nothing to give my soldiers." "I had to turn off my radio because I could no longer bear to hear their calls for help."


These people were slaughtered. The attitude of the anti-war left?
The rhetoric of the antiwar Left during these debates was filled with condemnation of America’s war-torn allies, and promises of a better life for them under the Communism that was sure to follow. Then-Congressman Christopher Dodd typified the hopeless naiveté of his peers when he intoned that "calling the Lon Nol regime an ally is to debase the word.... The greatest gift our country can give to the Cambodian people is peace, not guns. And the best way to accomplish that goal is by ending military aid now." Tom Downey, having become a foreign policy expert in the two months since being freed from his mother’s apron strings, pooh-poohed the coming Cambodian holocaust that would kill more than one-third of the country’s population, saying, "The administration has warned that if we leave there will be a bloodbath. But to warn of a new bloodbath is no justification for extending the current bloodbath."


A better life under communist rule? I guess today's anti-war left feels the Iraqis would be better off under "insurgents" (remembering we cannot call them terrorists) rule. Makes as much sense now as it did then... It's just unbelievable that these people who enjoy freedom every day of their lives would support the denying of freedom to others!!

And, to top it all off, what was their reaction when the North invaded South Vietnam?
For those who had evaded the war and come of age believing our country was somehow evil, even as they romanticized the intentions of the Communists, these few weeks brought denials of their own responsibility in the debacle, armchair criticisms of the South Vietnamese military, or open celebrations. At the Georgetown University Law Center where I was a student, the North’s blatant discarding of the promises of peace and elections contained in the 1973 Paris Accords, followed by the rumbling of North Vietnamese tanks through the streets of Saigon, was treated by many as a cause for actual rejoicing.


Open celebrations? People are massacred, tortured and put in concentration camps and they celebrate? If that doesn't tell you everything you need to know about the type of people who are anti-war protesters...

And of those anti-war idiots, if they thought communism was so wonderful and peaceful and America so evil, why did they not MOVE to North Vietnam or another communist nation?

Another common factor for leftist anti-war ilk? It's always someone else's fault. No one has any responsibility for their own actions. No, it is ALWAYS another's doing. Notice this line from above? "these few weeks brought denials of their own responsibility in the debacle, armchair criticisms of the South Vietnamese military...."

Conclusion
This turned into a "three days of writing" entry and I apologize for the length. However, I felt a deep look into history and those who hope to repeat it was needed. I needed to get all this off my chest and from within my heart.

Sheehan and those with her want us to pull out our troops TODAY. Gee, that sounds so groovy ya know, but what of the Iraqis? Do they not care that history is in the making for Iraq? A constitution, free elections, FREEDOM without fear of disappearing in the night only for your family to find your head hanging from a gate in your front yard the next morning? They just don't care about the Iraqis? They aren't worth the fight?

History shows us that we're looking at a massacre of innocent men, women and children if we abandon them. Anyone who worked with the coalition - even if it was disposing of trash, the police and military, election workers and all of their families - they all will most likely be killed.

And what happens to us? These "pull out our troops today" anti-war ilk do realize that if we leave Iraq before it can protect itself, it will become another Taliban-like state where terrorists will be able to train and recruit freely. Oh, and they'll be sitting on millions of dollars of oil to fund their terror attacks. How long before we're digging our friends and families out of the rubble of malls? How long until Sarin gas is released in our subways - or in our schools? We already know that terrorists have no problem shooting CHILDREN in the back as they run for their lives!

Yeah, keep demonstrating...but consider, just for a moment in between your ranting and chanting, what the ramifications of repeating history will do.

Communists didn't follow us home to kill us all or convert us. Terrorists will....

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2 Comments:

  • I respect you as a person, but as a war and peace researcher from the Netherlands i think your opinion is very one-sided and lacks much historical and international-political knowlegde. It worries me very much that this opinion dominates American political thought these days and the world slides back in a new cold war (or maybe even reall war) period. When America does not see his own responsabilities in the uprissing of extremist terror (feeding grounds are not arise without reason) and choose for a more balanced answere on this thread (small specialised military attacks on extremist groups instead of illegal preemtive attacks on countries, in combination with a more balanced foreign policy that counters the feeding grounds of extremism) the world and the US will become less safe. Saidly also in de US there are people who don't care that. They earn big money on this crisis, as they did during the cold war. But when people as you don't open their eyes and see the facks i worry for what will happen the comming years...

    I hope you husband will return safe from Iraq.

    Ronald
    Netherlands

    By Anonymous Ronald, at 9/07/2005 8:00 AM  

  • I love the fact that nations that wouldn't fight for themselves expect us to follow suit and play dead too. That we don't, we ARE all the world's problem. Yeah, we've heard it from our own democrats right here in America. Save that thought process for some idiot leftist who might buy what you're selling. Im not one of them...

    As a war researcher, look no further than your country's PROUD past (rolling eyes here). Your nation stayed passive, didn't take sides in WWII and you (as a researcher SHOULD KNOW) still got your asses kicked and handed to you by the NAZIS. Just wait to see what terrorists have in store for your gov't and your nation while you all just sit around and wring your pitiful "don't know how to defend yourselves" hands. Your country MUST have done SOMETHING to instigate the problems your nation is having with Islamic terrorists - well, by your blame game theory that is. It doesn't take a genius to read about Mr. van Gogh's death and the increasing problems the Netherlands is having with TERRORISTS...

    I guess that is America's fault too? Clean up your own back yard before you come complain about mine :).

    Oh and my husband's been home for over a year now...maybe read a bit more before making such a judgment about me you convince yourself you know enough to debate...

    With your nation's last century of warfare - it must be a really quick study for you (again, rolling my eyes).

    By Blogger Shannon, at 9/08/2005 12:07 PM  

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