The article by James Adams (Opinion, Jan. 4) about Afghanistan becoming a war laboratory was very insightful. Unlike the multitudes who tend to place a Western personality, or morality in the Soviet leadership, Adams sees the distinct differences in our ways of thinking and in our moralities. Those who write about the similarities between Vietnam and Afghanistan are blind to history, and are indeed serving the Soviet propaganda machine.
The historic evidence would demonstrate clearly that the Soviets are on a relentless expansionist trek that is as determined and deceitful as the Nazi government was. Rather than giving in to public demonstrations and the outcry of humanity, the Soviet leadership knows only how to crush its opposition. Indeed, the credo of Marxism is that deceit, murder and torture are justified by their desire for world conquest. All we need do, is look at incidents like: Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland.
Soviet morality has been demonstrated during World War II, as well as by their allies, the Viet Cong. Even in their training of their own soldiers, losses of 5%-10% of their troops are considered "average." As a veteran, I know that one loss of an American soldier in training is unacceptable. In combat, we still strive not to have any casualties. Indeed, we are very different thinking people.