Vietnam Redux, the President's Cut? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Geroge Hoffman
    • 06.05.13 | 11:46 (IDT)

    As a Vietnam vet, I feel like I've traveled back in a time machine to my tour of duty as a medical corpsman there. I've never been a big fan of Bibi. But Israel has a sovereign right as a nation to defend itself against all enemies that threaten its national security. Anything less would be a form of appeasement, and we all know where that lead us in the Second World War. But if Vietnam was the last big proxy war of the Cold War, Syria just may be the first big proxy war of the Long War on Terror. So I tend to get a little gun shy as I read the disturbing news stories. As the astute diplomat George Ball cautioned LBJ sliding down that slippery slope into Vietnam, events are in the saddle and ride mankind. It's easy to mount that tiger. But how and when do you dismount that tiger when events continue to ride in the saddle? My heart=felt plea is merely for deliberation about intervention in Syria, given my painful experiences as a young man over four decades ago. Certainly my genuine concern for America and Israel isn't a form of appeasement. Let us all proceed with caution. That is I am asking for at this point.

    from the article: Israel's northern front isn't quiet anymore: Will Damascus retaliate?
    First published 09:33 05.05.13 | Last updated 09:33 05.05.13
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