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War ruins
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Peninsula readers' letters: February 14

From Daily News Group readers

Posted:   02/13/2013 06:16:08 PM PST

February 14, 2013 8:15 AM GMTUpdated:   02/14/2013 12:15:11 AM PST

War ruins

Dear Editor: The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979 in an attempt to prop up a communist regime beset by civil war. Afghan rebels fought the Soviets to a standstill, wearing them out much in the same way that Vietnamese forces wore out U.S. forces in Vietnam. More than 2 million Afghans were left dead in a war that ultimately saw the ouster from power of the communists, though war continues in Afghanistan to this day.

After more than 33 years of war and chaos, Afghanistan is really a mess. Despite all the American aid and promises to rebuild the country, it's a wreck. America's trying to remake the world in its own image with its own form of government, but different peoples and nations simply need different forms of government. War is rarely necessary and never glorious. That's one thing Americans should have learned from their experiences in Vietnam, and from seeing the daily horror and carnage of that war televised in their living rooms every night.

What a sad litany of carnage, killing, destruction and woe.

Ted Rudow III,

Palo Alto

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