A great conference (run by our own James McAllister).

A Williams College professor will host a public conference Saturday to compare the Vietnam War with the war in Iraq.

“It’s important to have this discussion because soon we’re going to be faced with, ‘Do you negotiate a settlement (in Iraq)? Or withdraw forces?'” James McAllister, associate professor of political science, said Monday.

McAllister said he worked for six months to assemble a team of 20 Vietnam War experts from around the country. Each will participate in a series of discussions during “The New Vietnam War Revisionism: Implications and Lessons” conference between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Room 3 of Griffin Hall. Admission is free.

McAllister is one of the experts who will speak.

“Some are comparing the war in Iraq with the Vietnam War because people are wondering if the conflict will ever end,” he said. “They’re wondering whether we still need to fight and if victory in Iraq is still possible.”

He said there are differences in addition to similarities.

“There’s no anti-war movement today in the way there was during the Vietnam War,” he said.

McAllister is the event’s sole organizer and said he encourages the public to attend. Question and answer sessions will form a significant part of the panel discussions.

Interesting. Any video or podcasts? Any live-blogging?

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