But this ancient, pre-Christian religious group has been much in the news this past week..as the terrible Islamic State army tore thru more of Iraq, threatening this sect with death on a craggy mountaintop.
President Obama did the right thing, the thing Americans have always done to help those in dire distress. He ordered food and water sent to them, as he ordered airstrikes on the fanatical group besieging them. (Already several thousand Yazidis have made it safely out of harm’s way.)
And the president used the presence of our consulate and 150 military “advisers” in Irbil, a major Kurdish town the Islamic army threatens, as justification. But “no boots on the ground.”
I hope it works out that way. The lessons from Iraq (and Afghanistan and Viet nam) are not hopeful. And, BTW, those military advisers are trained, with weapons, and if fired upon will fire back..actually, aren’t they “boots on the ground?”
It isn’t much of a stretch to point out it was President Eisenhower’s sending of “military advisers” to Saigon, after the French were defeated and left, that began our long running escalation of the war in 'Nam…and our defeat. We’ve never learned the lessons of Vietnam, and so have been destined to repeat our mistakes.
And yet, could we have done anything else but help these poor people..in any way we can? No, and it looks like the Brits and others will soon be sending aid as well.
THEREFORE HAVE YOU DONE IT UNTO ME.
I'm just sayin'...