Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 02, 2003

Comparing wars in Iraq, Vietnam is preposterous

The Sun's front-page article "The resemblance to Vietnam War can't be overlooked" (March 30) couldn't be further off the mark, and its authors show ignorance of history and a bias against the war.

Here are some notable characteristics of the current conflict:

The war plan has a definite objective.

We have already established air dominance and massive ground superiority.

We are targeting Iraq's political and military leadership.

We are fighting in an open desert rather than in jungles.

The Iraqi regime is not being meaningfully supported by other countries.

We have significant support from our allies.

We are sustaining relatively few casualties.

We have quickly overrun a major portion of Iraq.

Our military is highly trained and motivated and supported by the vast majority of Americans.

All of these critical factors are very different from the Vietnam War. The only resemblance to Vietnam is that the enemy is utilizing terror and unconventional techniques, which has resulted in civilian and coalition casualties.

This so-called news article should have appeared on the editorial page with the other slanted viewpoints.

Robert D. Moore

Cockeysville

Comparing a nine-day-old war with one that lasted more than a decade is beyond preposterous.

The terms "bloodied" and "fierce resistance" are in the eye of the beholder, but it is difficult to believe a force of 250,000 troops, which incurred fewer than 60 deaths in the first eight days of combat and had not lost one fixed-wing, manned aircraft when the article appeared, could be called "bloodied," or that the resistance is so "fierce" when U.S. troops stood near Baghdad in less than 10 days.

This is not the first time The Sun has printed inflammatory articles on its front page that would be better suited for its commentary pages - or for the trash can.

I'm glad I have canceled my subscription.

Edward C. Dorsch Jr.

Nottingham

Some reasons the war in Iraq is not like the Vietnam War:

We will go to Baghdad. President Johnson and then the Democratic control of Congress kept us from going into North Vietnam. We will not fight this war with one hand tied behind our backs.

There will be regime change in Iraq.

We will not listen to protesters. They represent all that is bad in this country, and their input is not desired.

The citizens of the United States are behind this campaign, and will not accept half-measures. We will do all that is necessary to ensure that the job is finished.

Frank Stearns

Dillsburg, Pa.

The Sun's headline "Resemblance to Vietnam War can't be overlooked" was an absurd and out-of-touch piece of editorializing that left me both baffled and angered.

Only a rank combination of historical ignorance and shameless anti-Bush bias can lead to such a display of idiocy.

Brendan McKinney

Columbia

U.S. war bloodies Iraqis the most

The Sun mentions the "brutal use of [Iraqi] paramilitary forces that have bloodied American soldiers and Marines and their British allies" ("The resemblance to Vietnam War can't be overlooked," March 30).

That is a tragedy, to be sure. But where is the mention of the much more brutal and monstrous use of U.S. B-52s, B-1s, cruise missiles, bunker-busters and overwhelming military superiority in an illegal, immoral and potentially catastrophic attack against an essentially defenseless country - in violation of the U.N. Charter, international law and the U.S. Constitution?

Should we be surprised the Iraqis are defending themselves against an attack that "bloodies" and kills many hundreds of Iraqi soldiers and civilians in around-the-clock bombing raids? When will we begin to hear the agonized screams of children being killed by U.S. policies?

And contrary to the writers' opinion, it is possible not only to keep civilian losses to a minimum but to eliminate them altogether. How? Stop the killing and stop the illegal and brutal U.S. attack, now.

Scott Morris

State College, Pa.

One blind man leading another?

The Sun's recent picture of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld consulting with former Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara at the Pentagon calls to mind that old adage about "the blind leading the blind" ("The week that was," March 30).

Robert L. Reynolds

Bel Air

Rumsfeld raises fears of wider war

Watching the Bush administration trying to eliminate Saddam Hussein is like watching a man trying to eliminate an insect with a blowtorch in a warehouse filled with nitroglycerin.

This war has the potential to spread into a conflict that will make the Vietnam War look like a schoolyard fight.

And we are now threatening Syria and Iran ("Rumsfeld creates uproar with comments on Syria," March 30). How long before we invade Jupiter and Neptune in the interest of national security?

Bernard J. Hayes

Baltimore

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