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Abandonment of Kurds reminiscent of Vietnam

The recent spate of political turmoil surrounding President Trump’s ill-conceived abandonment of our Kurd allies in Syria brings back the sad memory of the fall of Saigon (April 30, 1975), where we turned our back on our South Vietnamese allies, and shut the door on a war, which after 50 years still vibrates with diversity and pain.

It is clear that the “band of brothers” ideal does not apply to the Kurds, who a remarkably callous White House spokesman calls “expendable fighters.”

Evidently, when we needed the Kurds to stop the dark clouds of ISIS, they were not so expendable. Today, I resign my prayers for “national enlightenment” rather than peace.

Martin DuPont

Makawao