Unformatted text preview: 973, approximately eighteen thousand more men were killed, including Pete Mooney. I ran my editorial on the front page, bottom half, under a large photo of Pete in his Army uniform. It read: The death of Pete Mooney should make us ask the glaring question—What the hell are we doing in Vietnam? A gifted student, talented athlete, school leader, future community leader, one of our best and brightest, gunned down at the edge of a river we've never heard of in a county we care little about. The official reason, one that goes back twenty years, is that we are there fighting Communism. If we see it spreading, then, in the words of ex-President Lyndon Johnson, we are to take "... all necessary measures to prevent farther aggression." Korea, Vietnam. We now have troops in Laos and Cambodia, though President Nixon denies it. Where to next? Are we expected to send our sons anywhere and everywhere in the world to meddle in the civil wars of others? Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html Vietnam was divided into two countries when the French were defeated there in 1954. North Vietnam is a poor country run by a Communist named Ho Chi Minh. South Vietnam is a poor country that was run by a brutal dictator named Ngo Dinh Diem until he was murdered in a coup in 1963. Since then the county has been run by the military. Vietnam has been in a state of war since 1946 when the French began their fateful attempt to keep out the Communists. Their failure was spectacular, so we rushed in to show how wars are supposed to be run. Our failure has been even grander than that of the French, and we're not finished yet. How many more Pete Mooneys will die before our government decides to leave Vietnam to its own course? And how many other places around the world will we send our troops to fight Communism? What the hell are we doing in Vietnam? Right now we're burying young soldiers while the politicians who are running the war contemplate getting out. Using bad language would be good for a few slaps o...
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