Editors perspective by GSM Editor in Chief David Aikman
The horrifying scenes from Afghanistan this week
have brought to mind what happened in Vietnam 46 years ago.
Then, it was people trying to hang onto US helicopters taking off
from the American Embassy in Saigon.
Today, it is Afghans falling off American jets
as they take off from Kabul
evacuating US personnel and vulnerable Afghans
who collaborated with them.
In both cases, there was a dramatic failure of the American moral character to protect from tyranny a country we had promised to protect. In Vietnam and in Cambodia, it was from tyranny of communism. In Afghanistan, was from the tyranny of a fanatical interpretation of Islamic sharia law.
This is not a time for partisanship but for a humble admission of moral accountability.
Additional News Coverage
***These links contain disturbing footage.
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