A recurring theme of this "war on terror" - that we have never faced a threat like this before - is found in David Brook's comments on PBS last night. The comparison between Vietnam and Iraq was considered, which led to the following statement: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec06/sb_10-20.html WRONG!!! We fought in Vietnam, or so we were told, in order to stop the spread of communism via the "domino effect". The Reds were coming to get us!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domino_effect The world has always been hanging by a thread. When I grew up, we practiced hiding under our desks... in order to survive the ever present threat of a Soviet nuclear attack. They were really strong desks.