The threat of fall of Baghdad evokes Saigon 1975 1975年のサイゴンを想起させるバグダッド陥落の脅威
The threat of fall of Baghdad evokes Saigon 1975
It’s something like Vietnam, all over again. As the rebels of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – usually shortened to ISIS – close in on the Iraqi capital, the parallels to the fall of Saigon are hard to miss.
Forty-one years ago, the last U.S. combat troops had withdrawn from South Vietnam, and within a month, the North Vietnamese Army, complete with heavy armor, began its final offensive. The last chapter of the war that took 58,000 American lives was the humiliating scene of U.S. Marine helicopters plucking American diplomats from the roof of the U.S. Embassy on April 30, 1975. Thousands of Vietnamese looked on in horror and disbelief, betrayed to the mercy of the communist north. This was not a defeat of American arms, as the gleeful left was quick to portray it, but it was the defeat of American will – and of the politicians who scuttled away in terror, not of the communists, but of the American voter.