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Re the US leaving Vietnam: There were certainly some, and likely many, people who did not think that that the U.S. should have been in Vietnam in the first place, and who thought that the sooner the U.S. left the struggle over who ruled to the people of the Vietnam, the Vietnamese people, and the U.S. would be better for it. There was little reason to think that U.S. support for the French in the late 1940s/early 1950s, or subversion of the 1954 Geneva accords, or support for the Diem regime and those that followed represented a quest for democracy. Hence, the issue was not whether one felt it would "ok if the Communists won"; the issue was whether the Vietnamese had the right to determine their own future, and whether the U.S. had any right to try to dictate that future. At least that's how I saw things then--and now. Arnold Offner Lafayette College >From: David Horowitz <firstname.lastname@example.org> > >Did anyone seriously want America to leave the Vietnam War without thinking >what would happen when we did -- ie. that the Communists would win? I find >this hard to believe or respect. The fact is that everyone who wanted the US >out of the war felt in one way or another that it would be ok if the >Communists won and that there wouldn't be a bloodbath. They were wrong on >both counts.