War is necessary, moral and fun (just ask the dead)

Australian Prime Minister John Howard recently said (while in Vietnam) that he still supported the Vietnam war and the Iraq invasion, and even if he came to change his mind, he would never acknowledge this in public. What a brave man.

A letter in today’s Sydney Morning Herald asks a few questions:

I wonder what part of the Vietnam War John Howard still supports. The Gulf of Tolkin attack, which turned out to be a lie, just like weapons of mass destruction? Or was it to stop the spread of communism, which never happened after the Vietcong won? I wonder what he said to his host at the meeting – “I wish you were dead”? Or what did he want to say to the more than 2 million dead Vietnamese – “Thought it was a good idea at the time and still do”?

Those who do not learn from history are apt to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Shaun Catlin South Golden Beach

The US is now desperate for help in “stabilising” Iraq, the death toll continues to mount and yet our Dear Leader insists on defending a position that is beyond farcical.

Bush, Blair and Howard will continue to blame everybody else but themselves for the Iraq debacle.