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 [Broken] 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.