By Dave Rabbit – ATS Press Corps.
. I just had a brief communication with one of my Mod Squad
friends who shared a very touching e-mail from a marine. Having
received numerous e-mails over the past few years from soldiers, I passed on to him a very unusual one that really smacks me in the head and responded
to him with the story I am about to relate here.
It is not unusual for me to receive e-mails and correspondence from soldiers around the world. I have been getting them through
since he first started accumulating them back in 1995. What is unusual, however, is receiving
any type of correspondence from someone who, at the time, was considered to be ”My Enemy”
It is 2006 sometime. I remember how shocked I was when I first started reading the e-mail. Ironically, this soldier’s last name was Nguyen
which is pronounced as Wynn
, unlike the name associated with the only female of our Saigon show. As I began to read it he talks about how he is
living in the United States and has for twenty years with his wife and children. He goes on to tell me that he found my show one day and could really
relate to what I was telling the soldiers in Vietnam back then. Then he drops the bombshell, he was a member of the NVA
North Vietnamese Army
. I have to admit, at that point, not only was I shocked that I
am getting correspondence from a “former enemy” of mine, but that what he is saying is actually making sense to me.
I really had mixed emotions about responding to this guy. His people killed my roommate Jim
, and I was still carrying the burden of that day. After a few days reflection, I decided to respond. Without going into a long, drawn
out Down Memory Lane
thing, I talked about things from my perspective and he did the same. We communicated for almost a month. In that time, it
became crystal clear to me that all the things I had experienced and those who served with me were experienced just the same way by those we fought
and killed. The only difference was we were on opposite sides of the fence.
We initially believed what we were doing was just and right...... they were doing what they thought was just and right, defending their country. And
although, until today, I had not thought about that, it brings up a very interesting and debatable conclusion I have come to realize.... that had it
not been for Our Governments
, he and I very could have been friends today, just as I have become friends with several Vietnamese Americans.
This can be said for every war that has ever been waged by any country you care to name.... Germany
, the list is
endless. Because the bottom line is that Politicians
and their own Secret Agendas
have always been and always will be the reason
countries go to war, regardless of which side throws the first stone. It is very easy to sit in a command post, pushing around figurines indicating
what one’s strategy of war is going to be.... except for the fact that the figurines represent real live people, Soldiers
. As for me, I stand
as a Soldier For Humanity
, to always fight for a person’s right to enjoy their time while they are alive, to enjoy one’s family, friends
and country... as long as they inhabit the earth.
If anyone is naïve enough to believe that the stupidity of the leadership of North Korea
really endorsed by its people then you might want to review the Vietnam War
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