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MUHAMMAD: The Bergdahl Message? Don't Go It Alone

Askia Muhammad | 6/11/2014, 3 p.m.
Askia Muhammad

It was the unity of the opposition to the War in Vietnam, expressed in the streets by millions of demonstrators again and again, and by dozens of sailors and former officer candidates like myself, and by soldiers and by marines who told our commanders we’d rather go to jail than fight in immoral wars which take the lives of humans, that is what turned the tide in American public opinion, ending the War in Vietnam.

So it is in Afghanistan. American – read NATO – troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan without a victory. Right-wing pundits would like to pillory President Barack Obama for making a secret deal, releasing five Taliban leaders who are among dozens of others who are illegally detained at the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But they cannot reverse the tide of defeat for wrong-headed US policies with their tongues. If they could this country would not still be “at war” with North Korea – officially, a truce, or cease fire, ended the hostilities there more than 60 years ago. If they could Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam would still be called “Saigon, South Vietnam.”

Now, like then, the entire American population is weary of this fighting, this dying, this killing. So bring our soldiers home. Not just from Afghanistan, but from the 130 countries all around the world where they are stationed, where they are making trouble, under the guise of “peacekeeping” missions.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not alone in his sentiments now. It is too bad that he did not realize five years ago, exactly where to find his “unity,” his “solidarity.”