History and You, 04/03/2014
Vietnam was a trauma for the United States, because it could never come to understand how Americans would win the major battles in the field but gradually be losing the war. How could such a thing happen? And how did it happen? Americans have fought difficult enemies in jungles before; the Japanese in particular, in places like Burma (now Myanmar), the Philippines, and also among a collection of Pacific Islands as well. Ah, but Ho Chi Minh didn’t underestimate the significance of public opinion, that national force which gives a moral force to the purpose of the fight; that part of it Ho understood very well, as did Wilson for WW1, FDR for WW11, and Bush for the Gulf War. War has a purpose to it, and to misunderstand that rationale, to wrought it, or to convolute it in some way is to risk a national trauma that remains embedded in the memory of a nation, always there to remind us that war matters just as much as public opinion does. War clarifies the landscape and identifies a new order in things; make sure there is affirmation in the consensus you build for achieving new heights.
The proverb I wish to leave you with for this evening’s show is a Spanish proverb for further consideration and personal reflection: “If love be timid it is not true.”
Dr. David E. Weischadle is professor emeritus at Montclair State University in New Jersey. A former army officer in Vietnam, he draws as much on his experience as on his imagination. He lives with his wife in New Jersey and Massachusetts. They have two sons who are attorneys and are principals in Granary Way Media LLC, a television and radio production company in Princeton, New Jersey. David Weischadle is also President of DW Global Strategies, Inc., an educational and management consulting firm dedicated to serving its clients by providing personal and sensitive programs and services.
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