Sunday, May 18, 2008
Why Tom Harkin is Not Worth Listening to
Didn't happen? DIDN'T HAPPEN?
We hear about what will happen when we leave [Iraq], all this talk about a bloodbath and everything. Well, Madam President, I can remember Vietnam. I can remember the same things: Oh, if we leave Vietnam we either fight them there or we fight them here. We have to stop the Communists in Vietnam or it will be the Philippines next and then Japan. We have to stop them there. And if we leave, there will be a bloodbath in Vietnam. All of the people who supported us will be slaughtered in the streets.
Well, it didn't happen.
The guy's in the Democratic alternate reality. Here is true history and here, here, here, and here. Just less than 500,000 were executed; tortured, starved or worked to death; or forced to flee by boat to other nations, during which fleeing hundreds of thousands died. I guess Harkin (and John Kerry) don't consider that significant.
UPDATE: Here's a bitter little pill for the Democrats. Money quote:
The epitaph for the U.S. involvement in Indochina had been given earlier that month before the fall of Phnom Penh in neighboring Cambodia. Just days before his execution at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodian statesman Sirak Mitak penned a final note to the U.S. ambassador refusing his offer of evacuation.
‘I cannot, alas, leave in such a cowardly fashion. As for you and in particular for your great country, I never believed for a moment that you would have this sentiment of abandoning a people which has chosen liberty….You leave and my wish is that you and your country will find happiness under the sky.
‘But mark it well that, if I shall die here on the spot and in my country that I love, it is too bad because we all are born and must die one day. I have only committed this mistake in believing in you, the Americans.’