Vietnam/Iraq War & Soldiers

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Registered: 09-23-2004
Vietnam/Iraq War & Soldiers
Mon, 11-08-2004 - 3:40pm
I've got a question, wondering what everyone thinks....

When we were in the Vietman Conflict there was a very large protest in our country for being there. When soldiers returned they were treated horribly. My step-father served, returned to the states after his tour and actually re-enlisted to go back because of the way he was treated. He says he was embarrassed to wear his uniform in public because of the ridicule he was subjected to.

Present day...

There is a significant number of Americans who are against the war in Iraq, but we are not targeting that hostility toward the soldiers. Does anyone have a reason for this? I can't really think of one that makes sense.


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Registered: 08-27-2004
Mon, 11-08-2004 - 5:16pm
There are all kinds of atrocities, and I would have to say that, yes, yes, I committed the same kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed in that I took part in shootings in free fire zones. I conducted harassment and interdiction fire. I used 50 calibre machine guns, which we were granted and ordered to use, which were our only weapon against people. I took part in search and destroy missions, in the burning of villages. All of this is contrary to the laws of warfare, all of this is contrary to the Geneva Conventions and all of this is ordered as a matter of written established policy by the government of the United States from the top down. And I believe that the men who designed these, the men who designed the free fire zone, the men who ordered us, the men who signed off the air raid strike areas, I think these men, by the letter of the law, the same letter of the law that tried Lieutenant Calley, are war criminals.

John Kerry, Meet the Press, April 18, 1971

They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.

John Kerry, Senate Panel Testimony, April 22, 1971

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Mon, 11-08-2004 - 6:10pm

I've never understood why people in that era chose to take out their anti-war sentiments against the soldiers.