In a March 26, 2011 editorial for the Wall Street Journal, Senator John Kerry wrote:
On Monday I shook hands with young Egyptians and listened to them speak of their hopes for their country. At a town-hall meeting I could sense some questioning whether the United States would really be there when it counted. I was proud that our answer came this week in Libya.
Everything I believe about the proper use of American force and the ability of the community of nations to speak with one voice was reaffirmed when the world refused to stand by and accept a bloody final chapter of the uprisings sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East. With a mandate from the Arab League and the Gulf states, the United Nations Security Council approved a limited military intervention to avoid a massacre. Multilateralism may be messy, but it’s powerful when diplomacy pays off.
Note that this is written by the same vile hypocrite who:
a) Served a truncated military tour in Vietnam, bugging out early on the strength of three purple hearts, none of which resulted in any hospital time or permanent scars.
b) On returning to the U.S. he teamed up with Hanoi Jane Fonda and other anti-American leftists participating in anti-war demonstrations. In congressional testimony he accused the American forces, of which he was a part, of war crimes. Either he lied, or he, himself is a war criminal, by his own accounting.
c) Threw his military medals onto the capitol steps in protest to the war. Some doubt they were actually his medals. But the implied contempt was there.
But in spite of this the voters of Massachusetts elected him to the U.S. Senate. So let’s compare Senator Kerry’s editorial position, above, with the situation in Vietnam which he characterized as a “war crime.” I know these facts because I was present as a combatant in Vietnam in the same area of the country, the Mekong Delta, and at the same time that John Kerry was pretending to be a soldier in furtherance of his political ambitions.
Senator Kerry crows about how proud he is to send American military to Libya to prevent “a bloody final chapter of the uprisings” and to “avoid a massacre.” During his tour in Vietnam the Communist Viet Cong were methodically murdering mayors, doctors, nurses, shop owners, teachers, and anyone else who had an education — all of them civilians. They detonated bombs in restaurants then gunned down any victims who managed to flee the premises. They planted mines in the roads and detonated them under bus loads of people in order to assassinate critics. These are events that occurred during our (his and my) time in country. I know of these things from personal experience, and there were more and worse over the years. Kerry seems to have missed these documented, bloody violations of human rights inflicted on civilians. Or maybe he didn’t care due to his leftist ideological proclivities.
But now in Libya Kerry’s bleeding heart has sympathy for the people, who only want to get on with a normal life.
Other dictators would have seen the world’s failure to challenge Gadhafi as a license to act with impunity against their own people. The vast majority of the protesters in these countries are crying out for the opportunity to live a decent life, get a real job, and provide for a family. Abandoning them would have betrayed not only the people seeking democratic freedoms but the core values of the U.S. and other democratic nations. It would have reinforced the all-too-common misperception on the Arab street that America says one thing and does another.
In Kerry’s mind Ho Chi Minh was not a dictator? He didn’t murder and torture his own people? The Viet Cong could be forgiven for crushing those “seeking democratic freedoms” and “the core values of the U.S. and other democratic nations” were not at stake in Vietnam as they are in Libya?
Then Kerry says the that by letting the French and the British take command that we relieve ourselves of any responsibility. Besides, Barack the community organizer cringes at the prospect of actually being commander in chief. So Senator Kerry wants to throw U.S. troops into a conflict under the command of … the FRENCH? Oh, I forgot, Sen. Kerry speaks French at his dinner table and engages in the French ‘penchant’ for tax cheating. He writes:
We must not get involved in another lengthy conflict in a Muslim country. With French and British willingness to lead, we do not need to take on the primary ownership of this conflict—and the Obama administration has made clear we will not. (With the burden we are already carrying in Afghanistan and across the globe, no one can legitimately doubt America’s sacrifice.) So the risks are manageable and, in my view, the rewards are potentially enormous.
Senator Kerry’s dishonesty about Vietnam and his treasonous activities afterward make his bloviations about “avoiding a massacre” all the more insincere. A horrific massacre occurred after Mr. Kerry and his fellow leftists caused the U.S. to abandon its rescue of the Vietnamese people from North Vietnam’s vicious communist aggressors. And in this case the U.S. did have major responsibility and the consequences were bloody. Of course the Senator won’t take any responsibility for that.
All in all, America’s withdrawal from Southeast Asia resulted in the killing of an estimated 165,000 South Vietnamese in so-called re-education camps; the mass exodus of one million boat people, a quarter of whom died at sea; the mass murder, estimated at 100,000, of Laos’s Hmong people; and the killing of somewhere between one million and two million Cambodians.