Silent then?

Written by Rosa Colucci on .


Voltaire said, "Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers."

Very well. Some questions:

Given the anti-Bush vitriol that seems to become more strident with each passing day -- including those who call for the criminal prosecution of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney -- where were their voices during the run-up to the Vietnam War?

Why were they silent when Lyndon Johnson, using the pretext of the so-called Gulf of Tonkin incident, began the deployment of troops that would eventually result in more than 500,000 being sent to Southeast Asia?

Why didn't we hear from the extreme left when LBJ, in his best polished English, said, "I ain't gonna send no 'Merkin boys to fight in Veetnam"? (And they deride Bush's butchered syntax?)

Why do supposedly intelligent people ignore the history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and thumb their noses at the words of a popular protest song of that era: "How many times must a man turn his head before he just doesn't see?"

Are the lyrics too complicated for them to understand?


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