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Israel, Vietnam differences cited; aid urged
It's not too often that I find
Democratic utterances very quotable,
unless, of course, I'm berating the
Democratic politician who spoke
them. While browsing through the
Congressional Record last week,
however, I come across a particularly
insightful comment by Rep. William
Lehman (D-Fla.) that I would like to
share with you. The stoiy, entitled
"Israel is not Vietnam," possses a
current significance which wo can
ignore only at our peril. It is punted
"There are many reasons for
American support for Israel and for
the judgment that Israel is different
from South Vietnam.
"South Vietnam is a military
dictatorship where opposition
politicians and religious leaders are
jailed and newspapers critical of the
government are suppressed. Israel is a
democracy with strong opposition
parties and freedom of speech.
"In Southeast Asia, the fighting
was Vietnamese vs. Vietnamese. Israel
is the victim of attacks across
recognized ceasefire lines by military
forces of other nations and other
"The South Vietnamese
government asked for U.S. troops
from the beginning of their war and
Americans did most of the heavy
fighting there for a number of years.
In four wars, Israel has never asked for
American troops. It has proven it is
willing and able to fight its own wars.
"Our effort in the Middle East is
limited to counterbalancing Soviet
arms sent fo the area. In Vietnam, the
mistake was sending American troops,
in addition to equipment, while the
Soviets and Chinese were supplying
"In Vietnam, American
psychological warfare experts felt it
was necessary to launch special
campaigns to win 'the hearts and
minds' of the South Vietnamese
people to the cause of their
government. There is no such problem
"The United States spent years
trying to force the South Vietnamese
to sit down at the conference table
with their adversaries. Additional
months were spent quarreling over the
shape of the table. For years Israel has
been actively seeking to sit down and
negotiate all differences with its
"It is no secret that South
Vietnamese officials pocketed millions
of dollars in U.S. economic aid. Aid to
the Israelis has meant the draining of
swamps, the building of factories, and
the resettling of refugees in desert
areas which were barren for a
'There is one last reason whv
Americans know that Israel is different
from Vietnam. They know a
Vietnamese nation will survive'
regardless of the outcome of the war
in Southeast Asia. If Israel loses its
war, it would be the end of the Israeli
We in Nebraska can do our part to
help assure the security and integrity
of Israel. Send your contributions to
the Israel Emergency Fund, Jewish
Federation of Omaha, 20th and Dodge
Sts., Omaha, Neb.
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