Mark Wylie's letter (Jan. 12), "Containment, Then and Now," is a classic reflection of the ostrich syndrome i.e., when it's convenient, bury your head in the sand so you won't have to face reality.
In his letter, Wylie inferred that George Kennan deserved a punch in the nose for having the audacity to suggest in his article (Opinion, Dec. 29) that the United States has in the past conducted its foreign policy in ways similar to those of the Soviet Union. It is truly regretful that Wylie, like so many other Americans, chooses to ignore the enormous amounts of human suffering that have resulted from our government's determination to impose its will on other governments and other people.
Evidently Wylie has decided that the atrocities of the Vietnam War never occurred. Unfortunately, too many of us have vivid memories of small children engulfed in flames from napalm dropped from U.S. planes; and the My Lai massacre.
Apparently he also chooses to pretend that we had no involvement in overthrowing duly elected governments in Chile and Guatemala, which resulted in the loss of thousands of innocent lives; or maybe he would excuse it by saying that what we did was for their own good.