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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 07:01 PM

1. A well-written sad story.


I escaped serving by the luck of a high number in the draft/lottery. Thank goodness I did. I really think I would be a different 62-year-old today if I'd served in Vietnam, especially if I saw combat. I detect strange, sour notes in older brother's personality sometimes. 2 years older than me. He flew B52 bombers over Cambodia while he was there. Sometimes it shows like a twinge of grief in his face even now.
But more to the point...rewriting history for the young is so wrong! But you have to agree that we've been doing that for a long time. Adventures in S America, Central America, the Philipiness...it goes on and on. But I wonder how much benefit there is in teaching about the seamy side of a powerful country? If I thought about how we treated Native Americans, how we vaporized, what?, a million in Japan with our nuclear weapons? I think I might be inclined to throw everything over and find some sunny place far from people and news spend the rest of my days talking with my 2 dogs.

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