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  •  I took "peers" to mean 'of an age' with the return (4+ / 0-)

    ing soldiers, as you did.

    I remember one long, sad conversation with a cousin-in-law, recently back from Vietnam, circa 1970. He was a medic. He'd been drafted from a working class family in Baltimore and volunteered to be a medic because he didn't want to hurt anyone. He saw and experienced way too much for a 20-22 year-old. I'm tearing up remembering how fragile, and wounded in spirit he was. I tried just to show him friendship and the support of listening to his story, understanding his hurt. That experience saved me from adding to the burdens of other returning soldiers with misplaced emotions, thankfully.

    Those of us who did not have to go, didn't shoulder our responsibility to those who did very well. We protested the war but, as you said, too often deflected our righteous anger at callous leaders onto the returning young people.

    I think we have mostly learned that lesson and as Democrats strive to do better now.

    But the chicken hawks who want war for ideological and economic purposes, and push for wars casually and callously, who did not serve and exploited every waiver and advantage of privilege to get out of serving -- like Cheney, Bush, Romney, et al -- are BENEATH CONTEMPT.

    Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

    by Catskill Julie on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 10:12:03 AM PDT

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