What are some events that show history is repeating itself?

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This depends on your point of view about various events.  But the one I'll offer is the war in Afghanistan as a parallel to the Vietnam War.

What is similar here is that the United States thought in both cases that it could go in to a country that had...

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This depends on your point of view about various events.  But the one I'll offer is the war in Afghanistan as a parallel to the Vietnam War.

What is similar here is that the United States thought in both cases that it could go in to a country that had no real history of democracy and no reason to love the US and turn that country into a pro-US democracy.  In both cases, we were trying to do this through our military -- making them fight a war while, at the same time, expecting them to win "hearts and minds."

There are certainly differences between the two, but I think this is a fairly significant similarity and that the two are pretty comparable.

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