London, UK, August 23, 2007 -President Bushâ€™s invoking of Vietnam – one of the biggest military disasters in US history – in support of keeping troops in Iraq, betrays desperation in attempting to justify a continued military presence in occupied Iraq.
In the speech to army veterans in Kansas City yesterday, President Bush said â€œOne unmistakable legacy of Vietnam is that the price of Americaâ€™s withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like â€˜boat peopleâ€™, â€˜re-education campsâ€™ and â€˜killing fieldsâ€™.â€ He went on to hail the US military machine as the â€œThe greatest force for human liberation the world has ever knownâ€.
Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, â€œInvoking Vietnam is not merely an act of desperation but overlooks the facts of what his â€˜force for human liberationâ€™ has already achieved. â€œ
â€œBush recalls the millions of innocent Vietnamese who became â€˜boat peopleâ€™, and those who died in the â€˜killing fieldsâ€™ of Vietnam and Cambodia following the withdrawal of US forces, but seems to have forgotten the 2.2 million Iraqi â€˜boat peopleâ€™ forced into exile in Syria and Jordan. The invasion and occupation led by the US and British governments have produced their own â€˜killing fieldsâ€™ in Iraq, where over 650,000 civilians have lost their lives.â€
â€œHis description of the US military machine as â€˜the greatest force for human liberation the world has ever knownâ€™ is only accurate in the sense that they have liberated the innocent civilians of Fallujah, Haditha, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and elsewhere in Iraq and Afghanistan of their security, dignity, property and their lives. In reality it is the presence of occupying forces that produce the violence, given that even the Pentagonâ€™s report revealed that more than 60 per cent of the current attacks target these forces.â€
â€œThe initial neo-con reasoning of bringing â€˜freedom and democracyâ€™ to the Muslim world was no more than a supremacist argument for forcibly changing peopleâ€™s values. Now, remaining in Iraq – under pretext of the â€˜war on terrorâ€™ – is simply about salvaging age-old colonial interests and resources.â€