Stunned Americans may now reflect upon the exultant headlines former President Nixon's announcement that a peace agreement had been concluded with Communist forces in Vietnam. The long war is over," they shouted. "Peace after 12 years," they crowed. "Peace?" Though Americans were no longer "directly" (a very debatable term, as subsequent revelations trickled out to the public) involved in the Vietnam struggle, the war continued unabated. Today, as we see the incredible nightmare of human suffering and listen to the death cries of an entire nation; as we stare, sickened at the maimed and dead; as we listen, appalled, to the eyewitness accounts of frenzied, panic-stricken mobs fleeing before the advancing Communists; as we read of whole Vietnamese divisions abandoning hundreds of millions of dollars worth of U.S. made weapons to the enemy and their guns on their own kindred in mad sprees of looting or frenzied efforts at escape, we should reflect upon those headlines and the events of the 60s which preceded them.
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