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May 25, 2009

The Point Radio: A Worthy Tradition

Here's a tradition worth adding to your Memorial Day....

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Yes, I respect and honor our troops who serve our country with bravery and dedication. And I pray for families who have lost loved ones as well as those who are wounded.

But I also pray for our leaders who get us involved in endless conflict. I pray for an end to the military industrial complex which exploits our government. I pray for americans to wake up and understand the huge amount of money we are spending on the military compared to the rest of the world. I pray for those Christians who hold to unswerving and uncritical support for Israel due to their end time theology.

Perhaps most of all I pray for all the civilians killed by our "smart" weapons and military invasions. And all of the millions of displaced people in other countries who are still suffering because we opted to try and solve things by force.

I pray that the United States would return to it's roots and stop trying to be the policeman of the world and impose it's will on others. In short, I pray that we would stop making war!


For a short while in college I had a roommate who was Vietnamese, named Viet. Both of his parents had been killed by the Viet Cong, and he'd endured a harrowing escape and a very scary boat trip to arrive in the USA as a college-aged student. Unbeknownst to me, he wanted to share my dorm room because he'd run away from a halfway house for other Vietnamese college-aged orphans.

What Viet saw and endured in the Communist takeover of his country, and in the failed attempt of the USA to prevent it, gave him severe mental and emotional problems. (I had to learn most of this from his friends; he wouldn't talk about it.) Add to this the hardship of escape, rescue, and travel to a continent a *very* long way away. Then throw in the fact that almost none of the people he met could speak Vietnamese, or even French. Nothing was familiar to this fiercely independent young man. And his only support system, the halfway house, was repellent to him - reminding him, *I think*, of the oppression that was being imposed from the North.

Bobber, I wish we'd *strengthened* the military-industrial complex, and imposed our will more forcefully in South Vietnam (as we did successfully in South Korea - thank you, Chuck Colson). I wish we'd made our case *before* more civilians had been killed or displaced by a dictatorship. I wish more young people today realized that without the support of American troops, twice in the 20th century, today *no one* would speak French.

And I wish I knew what happened to Viet. He was finally persuaded by his friends and others to return to the halfway house. Last I heard, he'd run away again.

Had we been more forceful, my friend might have been able to stay at home, in his own country, with his parents and his friends. He wouldn't have become a terrified wandering stranger in a strange land. Had we succeeded, he wouldn't have had to face the oppression of a cruel dictatorship that robbed from the poor to give to the rich, using force to silence or kill anyone who opposed them.

Why do liberals hate people like Viet, who simply want to live free?

God bless the USA for its past willingness to go "Over There" when there was a need.


Lots of misunderstanding in your post. I recommend you read Patrick Buchanan's most recent book, Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War" as a starting point. This would help correct some of your distorted history knowledge.

And by the way, our relations with Vietnam right now are exemplary. They are perhaps more capitalistic right now than we are and people there have some opportunity to work and improve themselves.

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