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  •  I have, on many occasions, (11+ / 0-)

    since first returning to Vietnam with medical supplies 30 years ago, and on many such trips since then. I have broken bread and drank whiskey with them, laughed and cried with them, honored their war dead, built and funded clinics for the disabled, homes for their veterans, and schools for their children.  

    I've also made the pilgrimage to My Lai on several occasions, met with some of the survivors, and arranged medical care for those in need from that area.

    Care to tell me what you have done, or hazard a guess as to what the diary author has done, to help the Vietnamese overcome the horrific destruction that we rained on their country?

    The Vietnamese unquestionably suffered a tremendous injustice, one that never should have happened. Even through all they have suffered, they maintained the ability to distinguish between the soldiers who came, and the geopolitics and policies which sent the soldiers there, an ability that many Americans have never seemed to grasp.

    I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

    by Wayward Wind on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 07:49:11 AM PDT

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    •  This - (5+ / 0-)
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      The Vietnamese unquestionably suffered a tremendous injustice, one that never should have happened. Even through all they have suffered, they maintained the ability to distinguish between the soldiers who came, and the geopolitics and policies which sent the soldiers there, an ability that many Americans have never seemed to grasp. [emphasis added]
      That's what's been missing in so many of these diaries.

      Thank you.

      Out with the gloomage - in with the plumage!

      by mikidee on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 08:22:17 AM PDT

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    •  You wouldn't have needed to go there (6+ / 0-)

      if more young men in the US had told the government to go fuck themselves.

      Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

      by bobdevo on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 08:41:20 AM PDT

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      •  Did you do so? (1+ / 0-)
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        I have all the respect in the world for those who stood and said no, even more for those who actively pursued an end to the war, and those who assisted others to make an informed decision.

        I have no time for those whose sole focus was keeping themselves out, with no effort to end the madness and/or help others avoid the draft.

        I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

        by Wayward Wind on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 02:23:08 PM PDT

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