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Your Opinion: We must learn from history

Your Opinion: We must learn from history

June 25th, 2014 by Jerry Cliburn, Russellville in News

Dear Editor:

When I read in the newspaper that the president was sending 300 troops to Iraq as advisers I was instantly reminded of the futility of the Vietnam War.

If we do not learn from history we are doomed to repeat it.

According to Vietnam War Fast Facts - the number of U.S. military advisers in Vietnam grew from 900 in 1960 to 11,000 in 1962.

Between mid-60s and 1975, 58,220 U.S. servicemen lost their lives. Officers in dress uniforms were coming to homes to tell mothers and fathers, "We regret to inform you that your son has been killed in action in Vietnam." This was repeated 58,220 times. We accomplished absolutely nothing in Vietnam.

In 1968 after the massive Tet offensive it was unmistakably crystal clear that the Vietnam War was unwinable. On March 16, 1968 about 400 women, children and old men were massacred by U.S. forces in the village of My Lai in South Vietnam. (from Vietnam War Fast Facts

There were 58,220 U.S. servicemen killed for no reason and over 1 million civilian deaths.

When are we ever going to learn to stay out of countries where we do not belong?

U.S. mind your own business.