Compare & Contrast Lost in Translation by James Merrill

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Early 1970s: After fighting a brutal and unpopular war in Vietnam, the United States pulls out its troops. Soon after, Saigon falls to the Communists.

Today: The United States is involved in another unpopular war, this time in Iraq. Even though elections have taken place, many believe that civil war will break out in that country.

Early 1970s: Communist insurgents refuse to recognize elections in South Vietnam and continue fighting against the South Vietnamese and American troops.

Today: Insurgents in Iraq, made up of Iraqi civilians and terrorist groups, carry out similar attacks against occupational forces.

Early 1970s: The Watergate scandal exposes corrupt campaign practices, including break-ins at the Democratic National Committee headquarters and illegal wiretaps of American citizens.

Today: Scandals emerge during the 2004 presidential election concerning smear campaigns like that conducted by the “Swift Boat Veterans” and alleged illegal voting procedures.

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