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Wednesday, May 4, 2005


Points have been made before

Kamogawa, Chiba

Regarding Roger Pulvers' anniversary piece on the end of the Vietnam War: Just who are the "they" that Pulvers keeps quoting? Pundits have been teething on this bone for 30 years. According to Pulvers, the values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are not universal. That shows you just how narrow his view on the subject is.

As for selective amnesia, tell those who visit Arlington and countless other cemeteries across the United States -- who agonize, weep and remember fallen Americans -- that Americans have put the Vietnam War behind them. Tell it to those who were held in the "Hanoi Hilton" and have gone on to political leadership in the U.S. Deliberately filed away? Hardly. Not a day goes by that someone, somewhere, does not question, criticize or remind Americans -- in the same arrogant manner -- that lessons were learned but have been unheeded.

We are indeed fortunate that freedom of the press, unlike in many countries, allows Pulvers and others to tell the U.S. what it should have done and what it should do in the future. Pulvers only has to change the anniversary year each time his story is republished. My counterpoint: Get a new bone to chew on. The Iraqi bone still has plenty of meat on it.

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