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Regarding Hiroaki Sato’s April 28 article, “Bush’s brutal war stirs memories of Vietnam“: May I point out one big difference between America’s invasion of Vietnam and the internationally illegal one going on in Iraq right now? To this day the world still can’t pin down exactly why the United States invaded Vietnam — except possibly to replenish the military industrial complex — losing around 60,000 of their own and responsible for around 3 million Indo-Chinese war-related deaths.

In Iraq, however, the reason for the invasion and the subsequent deaths of thousands upon thousands of innocent Iraqis and a lot of Americans is quite clear: Wrest control of the estimated second-largest oil field in the world from a sovereign country. And replenish the U.S. military industrial complex.

peter morrissey