Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905
In my April post Time to Smell the Coffee I mentioned that as a child I watched the coverage of the
A topic of recent discussion has been Senator John Kerrys 1971 testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on behalf of Vietnam Veterans Against the War. I encourage anyone evaluating John Kerry to read the transcript of his testimony and judge his statements for themselves. During his testimony Senator Kerry summarized the recollections of a specific group of American soldiers he had heard at an antiwar conference in
But the truth be told, war crimes did occur in
On March 16, 1968 the angry and frustrated men of Charlie Company, 11th Brigade, Americal Division entered the
As the "search and destroy" mission unfolded it soon degenerated into the massacre of over 300 apparently unarmed civilians including women, children, and the elderly. Calley ordered his men to enter the village firing, though there had been no report of opposing fire. According to eyewitness reports offered after the event, several old men were bayoneted, praying women and children were shot in the back of the head, and at least one girl was raped, and then killed. For his part, Calley was said to have rounded up a group of the villagers, ordered them into a ditch, and mowed them down in a fury of machine gun fire.
Word of the massacre did not reach the American public until November of 1969, when journalist Seymour Hersh published a story detailing his conversations with ex-GI and
As the gruesome details of the massacre reached the American public serious questions arose concerning the conduct of American soldiers in
From the American Experience
Therefore, the events of
What we should all learn from this seemingly never ending domestic battle about the Vietnam War is that every wars impact is more far reaching than can be imagined. Thirty years after
For those that believe in the concepts of Good & Evil, know this. The spirits of fear, divisiveness and self-righteousness are not good. Fear only should never be a justification for war. Wars should only be entered when the facts indicate that military intervention is unavoidable. War is not glamorous and even when it is waged for the most noble of reasons cannot be sanitized to make it more acceptable to the general public. The stresses of war can bring out the darkness in every human soul. A wise men will consider all of these things before rushing to war. No amount of revisionist history will change the facts.
Put on all of Gods armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:11-12 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (