Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
The events in Iraq the past few weeks took me back to a different time and place.
During the Vietnam War various USAF air bases in Vietnam and Thailand enlisted the aid of Cambodian civilians who were sympathetic to the United State’s cause to assist the American military with various tasks required for our war effort.
At the conclusion of the US involvement in Vietnam in 1975 these folks went home to their homeland just when the communist revolutionary Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot came to power and created havoc in the country. Many in the military who worked side by side with them or knew them only casually still hope and pray that they made it out of Pol Pot’s “killing fields” alive.
I was reminded again of the plight of these Cambodians when I saw the newspapers and watched the TV reports of the bloodshed going on in Iraq and especially when I heard the barbarians claiming they executed 1,700 Iraqi soldiers.
I wonder how many of our military had worked side by side with these troops or who knew and befriended civilians who died or will die in these ongoing killings. Unfortunately, like the generation before them, most of them will never know.
— Bill Viggiano