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Daily Briefing: VIETNAM: STILL HAUNTING 50 YEARS LATER


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Amalek: A Pawn in the Rivalry Between Saul and David’s Legacy:  Dr. Gili Kugler, The Torah.com, Mar. 9, 2022 — Soon after their departure from Egypt, the Israelites are attacked at Rephidim by the Amalekites, a semi-nomadic people (Exod 17:8).[1] After the Israelites defeat their attackers,[2] YHWH paradoxically commands Moses to write on a scroll the promise to erase the memory of Amalek. Moses then swears that YHWH will be eternally at war against Amalek, implying that their remembrance will never be erased:


Vietnam War: How US Involvement Has Influenced Foreign Policy Decisions Over 50 Years:  Mara Oliva, The Conversation, Jan. 9, 2023
Jim Webb on Echoes of Vietnam, 50 Years Later:  Barton Swain, WSJ, Jan. 20, 2023
Vietnam still haunts America:  Dominic Sandbrook, UnHerd, Jan. 23, 2023
Collateral Damage:  How the Vietnam War Hobbled America’s Mideast Policy: Gershom Gorenberg, The VVA Veteran, January/February 2012

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How The Vietnam War Hobbled America’s Mideast Policy Gershom Gorenberg, The VVA Veteran, January/February 2012 — You will certainly note,” Hal Saunders said, “that we had another problem on the other side of the world.” Saunders spoke in the quiet voice of a lifetime diplomat. He was explaining why the Johnson administration let the Arab-Israeli conflict fester after the Six-Day War of 1967. Back then, he said, the “top levels of the U.S. government” were distracted and exhausted by that other “problem”—Saunder’s immensely understated term for the Vietnam War.

Why the People of Vietnam Have Surprisingly Warm Views of Americans, Despite the History: Dr. Rainer Zitelmann, FEE, Oct. 8, 2022 —  You would be forgiven for thinking—and it would be all too understandable if they were—that the people of Vietnam are anti-American. But the opposite is true.

Vietnam War’s End Created Peace – Just in Time for ReelectionBryan McKenzie, UVA Today, Jan. 27, 2023 — Many Americans of a certain generation had a sense of foreboding and déjà vu at images of panicked civilians flooding the airport and swarming military aircraft to escape as Kabul, Afghanistan fell to the Taliban on Aug. 15, 2021.

Vietnam’s Red Napoleon: Avetis Muradyan, Palladium, Jan. 20, 2023 — At 5 p.m. on the evening of May 3rd, 1940, the Hanoi school teacher Võ Nguyễn Giáp made his way to the park for what appeared to be a habitual stroll.

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