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Americký prezident George W. Bush rozhodně neproslul oslnivými znalostmi dějin. To mu však nezabránilo využít dějiny k ospravedlnění své politiky. V nedávném projevu k americkým válečným veteránům v Kansas City obhajoval svůj cíl „držet v Iráku kurz“ poukazem na důsledky amerického stažení z Vietnamu. Kromě toho se zmínil o okupaci Japonska po roce 1945 a o válce v Koreji jako o úspěších americké snahy přinést svobodu Asii a potažmo celému světu.

Historikové, členové Demokratické strany i další Bushovi kritici si pospíšili s odsouzením jeho projevu a zejména jeho zmínky o Vietnamu – označili je za účelové, nepoctivé a nepřesné.

Přesto však Bush pro jednou narazil na historickou analogii, která je skutečně pravdivá. Válka ve Vietnamu se samozřejmě od války v Iráku lišila téměř ve všech aspektech. Ho Či Min nebyl Saddám Husajn a Spojené státy ve Vietnamu neprováděly invazi do země, nýbrž hájily zkorumpovaného autoritativního spojence před agresivním komunistickým režimem. Bush ovšem prohlásil, že po stažení USA z Indočíny následovalo krveprolévání v Kambodži a brutální útlak ve Vietnamu. Stažení z Iráku, naznačil prezident, by mělo za následek podobné nebo ještě horší krveprolití.

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