A Sigh for Old Saigon

The president of the United States beats a righteous tattoo on the drums of war. The U.S. Congress supports him with resolutions authorizing an air and land assault in Asia. Europeans voice their skepticism from the sidelines, while little is heard from—or about—the civilians most likely to be on the receiving end of American artillery. As the world's most powerful nation girds for a moral and military crusade, history whispers a precedent. Now the larger atrocity in U.S. sight lines is terrorism; 40 years ago it was communism. Today the enemy is Iraq. But it seems like only yesterday it was...

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