There was once an old Vietnam-era slogan on posters, buttons, bumper stickers and T-shirts. Today it would, no doubt, be a ubiquitous Facebook meme:
Join the Army; travel to exotic, distant lands; meet exciting, unusual people and kill them.
It had resonance because it contained more than a grain of truth. Up until the war, what percentage of the U.S. population had ever bothered to think about Vietnam? Today, who among us had even heard of Mosul or Kurdistan before the Iraq War? If you’d like to taste it, though, you don’t have to join the army: just go to Ishtar Restaurant (401 West Main St.) in the distant, exotic land known as El Cajon.