From Dr. King, a Reminder on Iraq
By Colbert I. King
Saturday, January 13, 2007; Page A19
Forty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom the nation will honor on Monday, took to the pulpit of Riverside Church in New York City at a meeting organized by Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam. The date was April 4, 1967, one year before his assassination in Memphis.
King said he was in New York because his conscience had left him no choice. In his speech, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence," King declared: "That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam."
How is Iraq different from Vietnam? Let me count (some) ways:
1) There are no American draftees in Iraq --- zip
2) There are no super-powers backing Iraq. In Vietnam there were two: The (late, not-vey lamented ) USSR and "Red" China.
3) Many American GIs are volunteering to serve 2-3-4 tours, even some who have been injured. Blogs published by American GIs in Iraq complain that the press is giving an unfair portrait of the war.
4) The North Vietnamese had great international support, even among many of America's (putative) allies. Saddam's Iraq had none --- zip.
(Pic OK: Grunts in Vietnam; grunts in Iraq)