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Karma and Vietnam

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jan 1, 2015 at 10:47

Hi, Charlotte

I know that Tovey already has given a good answer to your post.. I just wan to pick on a couple of things you said.

First of all, let me comment on "KARMA" (all caps, as in your original). I don't believe in "karma", and don't believe it has a place in Christian or Jewish doctrine -- despite the fact that many Christians and Jews espouse this idea. The Hindu teaching of karma is predicated on the idea that no final judgment occurs; that we can only look forwar to an eternal cycling of rebirths based on our performance in previous incarnations. This continuous "spin cycle" outlook on life does not produce righteousness, but rather a sense of futility. Even before coming under significant Jewish or Christian influence, many Hindus saw the uselessness of karma, and tried to escape it through doctrines such as Buddhism. The Bible teaching of right and wrong, God's eternal judgment and heavenly reward (treated ambiguously by Jews but more pointedly by Christians) is not karma. I just brought this up, in case you think it is.

Concerning Vietnam, I lived through that era. I was in the US Army, becoming involved there in the Antiwar movement. Unlike Ambassador John Kerry, who came from a different world from me, I am not stuck in that movement and the radical ideology of it. Instead, I have moved on and given my life to the service of the King of the Universe.

The US war in Vietnam was a tactical blunder, along a road of American policy that hasn't changed much over the years. President Kennedy had won election, based on his very popular anti-Communist stance. I believe he genuinely was concerned about the threat to the US by the worldwide Communist movement; and he once commented that he was frustrated by the fact that "the only place we can fight them is in Vietnam". The folly of this war, was that we were simply following like lemmings in the footsteps of the French. To Kennedy, this might have been a war in America's interest, against the Russians; but to the Vietnamese, whom we were trying to defeat, it was merely "Phase III" of their war of liberation from the Japanese, French and Americans in turn. From the South Vietnamese point of view, we were shoring up an unpopular dictatorship that served the interests of some 12% of the population -- namely, the Roman Catholics.

The US could not win that war, because we had no idea what we were actually fighting for, but the enemy did. If this sounds an awful lot like what we are currently doing in Iraq and Syria, this is no coincidence: As I said, overall American policy has not changed since the end of WWII. Just substitue "World Islamism" for "World Communism", and you have the gist of it. Our enemies are firmly convinced, where it matters on the battlefield, in what they are fighting for; but we are clueless. In my own case, I realized that I was being expected, as a free-born US citizen, to fight as a mercenary to prop up a petty dictator. That isn't what I believed was covered by my duty to "defend the Constitution of the US"; so I rebelled against the war. Others have not gone that far, then or since; but the general lack of direction, and the continual stumbling from one tactical bad move to another that has characterized American policy in the past decades, has taken its toll on the morale and unity of our country.

God bless and keep you. Shalom shalom.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
The Kurds -- a bit of cheer for Americans [72 words]Michael S.Nov 7, 2014 10:08219209
1US firepower at work -- killing Kurds [115 words]Michael S.Sep 26, 2014 20:31218250
1Containment of an Ideological Fissile Reaction - No One is Safe [310 words]M. ToveyOct 1, 2014 15:39218250
Happy Feast of Tabernacles, Tovey. Exciting "blood moon" day. [671 words]Michael S.Oct 8, 2014 16:50218250
1Greetings at Shmini Atzeret [70 words]M. ToveyOct 14, 2014 19:31218250
News, horror movie, news... choices, choices [534 words]Michael S.Oct 17, 2014 02:50218250
Horrors-Terrors-Yet to Come - Zephaniah et al [342 words]M. ToveyNov 5, 2014 17:22218250
Current world situation: Kurds, Turks, Iranians, Saudis and the Beast [957 words]Michael S.Nov 7, 2014 11:00218250
For the Kurds -If Not the US or UN, Then Who? [339 words]M. ToveyDec 17, 2014 15:29218250
The Beast is here. [1038 words]Michael SDec 18, 2014 09:29218250
Waiting for the Right Fulfillment [685 words]M. ToveyDec 22, 2014 12:16218250
Messiah's on the way [1472 words]Michael SDec 26, 2014 07:20218250
1The Kurds are the Whey [52 words]Barry BlackSep 18, 2014 10:09218007
1Might not work [60 words]ShulSep 17, 2014 19:49217997
3Case for Kurdistan [143 words]Charlotte FriedmanSep 16, 2014 18:08217952
Kurdistan Not Possible Under Current World Circumstances [464 words]M. ToveySep 23, 2014 11:25217952
more on Kurdistan [214 words]CharlotteSep 24, 2014 07:06217952
The Middle East Will Not Be Saved Under the Current Circumstances-Kurdistan Notwithstanding [596 words]M. ToveyOct 15, 2014 18:50217952
Karma and Vietnam [604 words]Michael SJan 1, 2015 10:47217952

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