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‘When Hypnotics Won a War’

The subject of the Vietnam War should have been laid to rest by now, but Todd’s article compels a response. I’m among those who were against our involvement in Vietnam from its earliest beginnings. I was not blinded by any illusions about Hanoi, but saw the war as morally indefensible and politically stupid. The strong shouldn’t bully the weak who pose no threat to them. When the colonial powers did it, they at least derived profit and advantage. We did it for no profit and no advantage, out of sheer hubris. No pretense of high-minded motives can erase the wrongness or the stupidity of this unglorious episode.

ERNST JACOBI

Malibu


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