Spit and Baby Killers: Echoes of Vietnam
We often hear false comparisons between the war in Iraq and the Vietnam war, but one link that holds true is the anti-military attitude exhibited by the left. U.S. soldiers today are treated as either victims or butchers--whichever one happens to meet the "antiwar" narrative at hand.
Echoes of the Vietnam war and particularly the terrible treatment meted out to returning soldiers could be heard over the Thanksgiving holiday when a woman was arrested for spitting in a soldier's face at Hancock Airport in Syracuse. While the woman's motive remains unknown, it's awfully hard to imagine that she's the type who volunteers to put together care packages for the troops.
A few months back in San Francisco, I witnessed my own Vietnam war redux.
I was walking down Van Ness Avenue (a main drag) when I saw three off-duty soldiers in fatigues, laughing and talking. That in itself was a surprising sight in San Francisco, where soldiers in uniform are few and far between. But what came next was the real shocker. I heard someone yelling from a passing car and realized, to my horror, they were screaming, "baby killers!" at the soldiers.
To their credit, the soldiers merely paused for a brief moment and then, looking nonplussed, continued their conversation. No doubt they expected such uncivil behavior in a city known for its anti-military attitudes. I, on the other hand, was mortified and never felt so ashamed of the cold-hearted city by the bay.
From that point on, I pledged to stop and thank any servicemen or women I happened to see visiting San Francisco and about two weeks ago, I did just that. I was doing some errands in my neighborhood when I spied a soldier in fatigues and went right up and thanked him for his service. When asked, I was happy to hear that he hadn't experienced any hostility in San Francisco. But nonetheless, he welcomed our conversation.
So whether over the Christmas season or beyond, stop and thank a soldier the next time you get a chance. The left may be suffering from the Vietnam Syndrome, but that doesn't mean the rest of us have to play along.
Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.