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Not all veterans want to remember war

2014-04-06T00:00:00Z 2014-04-07T09:34:06Z Not all veterans want to remember war The Billings Gazette
April 06, 2014 12:00 am

As a Vietnam drafted combat veteran disabled during the Tet Offensive January-March 1968, I would not want to excoriate the bloody nightmares caused by the illegal, heinous, deliberate, rapacious actions of the U.S. State Department and the Pentagon on behalf of its citizens.

Suggesting Vietnam vets get on the happy ride (March 30 Honor Flight letter) is at best gross negligence, arrogance and banner worshiping elitism, endemic in our warrior culture today.

The insanity of glorifying war on any level should be self evident to all sentient beings. Glorifying the massacres at My Lai, Dresden, Fallujah, elsewhere; shoving the barbaric defoliating, napalming, recon by fire, into the face of its survivors is reprehensible. Why would any decent human being want to remember the sight and sound of white phosphorus burning through an innocent victim's skin? Or stuffing body parts into body bags so you could be safe from Communism! Safe from folks who live in rice paddy communes.

Flights and messages to the U.S. State Department would be a lot more propitious for peace than winging it to celebrate on old battlefields long removed from war.

Thank a vet by not making any more vets for wars created by the U.S. State Department and the mendacious CIA. In his eloquent 39-page book "War is a Racket" on the shelf at the way cool Billings Public Library, Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, twice awarded the Medal of Honor and commandant of the U.S. Marines, makes clear the winners in today's wars are the 1 percent capitalists.

Will Crain


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