I guess all wars are immoral, but fighting a war against military aggression is morally justifiable.
A recent Prager U video, Why did America fight the Vietnam War?, highlights some inconvenient truths about the war that are well worth noting.
- The war was a result of military aggression by the North supported by communist allies Russia and China
- In the Paris peace accords of 1973 the South and North had reached a settlement to establish two autonomous nations
- Defeat only occurred because America failed to back the South after the North broke its agreement and launched another military offensive.
- The consequences were the deaths and imprisonment of many thousands of South Vietnamese , displacement of hundreds of thousands, and probably led to the subsequent Cambodian genocide
This holds a sobering moral lesson for Americans with wars in Afghanistan and against Isis. The consequences of defeat or withdrawal are significant.