posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 03:30 AM
I have an uncle who was a member of Vietnam Veterans Against War. He joined when he came home from 'Nam, having served two tours for Uncle Sam as a
USAF spook who intercepted Chinese radio traffic from altitude.
Although I wasn't around during the Vietnam Era, my uncle has clued me in to some of the pressures that led to the march on Washington, the Kent
State shootings, and the general state of civil unrest that followed in the wake of the Civil Rights movement.
In his opinion, the thing that precipitated the radicalization of young Americans, and the subsequent Establishment backlash was the return of
veterans from the theater of war.
Having faced live fire and survived it, these men were not exactly like the students who protested the war peacefully. The soldiers came home and were
exposed to information and ideas that they hadn't been exposed to while they served overseas. Add to this the fact that many of these returning
soldiers already felt abused by the government that had conscripted them into war, and you can imagine that the minds of some of these men were
fertile breeding grounds for radical ideas.
A man who has faced down armed militants, IEDs, and forced multiple deployments, and who has lost a spouse, or family members, or friends in the
meantime, is not going to be very happy when he comes home to discover that his fearless leaders have ridden rough-shod over the Constitution while he
was busy in a foreign land.
I guess my point is that we all have some healing to do, and we are going to have to not only make some tough choices in the days to come, but also
keep our wits about us. We Americans are a very sentimental people who are easily moved to passion, and we should be very, very careful to honor our
sons and daughters as they return home. One way we can honor them is to be vigilant on their behalf, and squash any person or agency that seeks to
exploit their pain or disaffection for political gain. I don't care if it's a protest movement or the President, himself. At long last, we can prove
our mettle by making sure that no one can exploit them anymore.
[edit on 2-7-2008 by applebiter]