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Dear Editor:”A retreat by the United States from Vietnam would be a communist victory of mass proportions and would lead to World War III.” Richard Nixon, May 1966Available for free, in your library, is a 13-volume video history of the Vietnam conflict called “Vietnam: A Television History.” It begins with all of the events that led to America’s involvement and ends with our withdrawal in 1973. Watch and listen to what the politicians were saying publicly during the war and then what they had to say 10 years after about what was really going on behind closed doors. You might find we are on a very similar path today in Iraq. If you are a teenager or a parent of a teenager pondering military service, please invest 13 hours of your time to better educate yourself before you make such a huge decision. That’s what truly makes democracy work – a well-informed public making good choices for themselves, not a public swayed by the impassioned politics of fear or the so-called left-leaning mainstream media flashing news bites. Research our history and decide for yourself if you wish to repeat it.Rand DouthitAspen


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