WASHINGTON, April 8 (Xinhuanet) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell on
Thursday dismissed comparison between Iraq and the Vietnam War and said Iraq was
not a "swamp" that was going to devour the United States.
"I don't think these types of comparisons are terribly
helpful.Vietnam was another part of the world, another time in history, and we
ought to see the situation for what it is today and not tryto find comparisons
that can then be painted in a negative light,"Powell said when testifying before
a Senate committee.
"This is quite different. We have an army over there that knowswhat it is
doing. We have a people that want to be free in a democratic society. We do not
have huge, state sponsors outside of Iraq, flooding the place with weaponry and
manpower," he said.
"It is not a swamp that is going to devour us," Powell said.
Over 630 US military personnel have died in Iraq since the United States
invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, and the clashes withthe Shiite Muslim militiamen
since April 4 have claimed lives of more than 20 US soldiers.
In comparison, as many as 58,000 US troops were killed in the Vietnam War.
Despite the rising casualties in Iraq, US President George W. Bush has
vowed to stay the course and stick by a plan to hand oversovereignty to an
interim Iraqi government on June 30. Enditem