Vietnam: Still an Unjust War
Military enthusiasts in Pennsylvania have begunÂ re-enacting, not the Civil War, but the Vietnam War. The stated purpose is to honor and pay tribute to Vietnam veterans. “It was time for us to be proud of what were called on to do, even though it turned out to be a very unpopular thing,” said oneÂ Army veteran.
Since the death of Walter Cronkite, I have heard some conservatives moaning about some things he said during the Vietnam War.Â After a lecture I gave earlier this summer, a critic in the audience tried to defend the Vietnam War. But the war in Vietnam wasn’t just a mistake or mishandled, it was an unjust war that senselessly slaughteredÂ millions ofÂ Vietnamese,Â Laotians, and Cambodians for the crime of being “commies,” “gooks,” or just being in the way. 58,000 American soldiers died whileÂ helping to perpetrateÂ this slaughter. Why shouldÂ we payÂ them tribute? The war in VietnamÂ is undefendable. It is still an unjust war.