You have to understand a little about War and the Media.
Up until the Vietnam War, baby boomers only heard about the Korean War,WW1 and 2 from relatives that served in the Wars..and telling us about
relatives we never met, who faught and died in the wars..side by side..
Everything we read in History class were just stories...and even the minimal amount of pictures we saw.,were in black and white..
Enter the Vietnam War..
Thanks to an aggressive Press Corp, that defied the Military requests to stay with the "offical press corp group",,, they went to the front lines
and sent home Color pictures of REAL War..
We were SHOCKED! We were ANGRY!
We Picketed. We asked why were the Vietnamese our enemies?
We were MAD at soldiers who just did what they were told like good little soldiers.
We were confused.
We were scared.
Friends and neighbors were coming home in bodybags for REAL!
35 years later..we have the same desensitivity to war....for now. The new 16 to 40 year olds have'nt seen a LOT of bodybags....yet. So far it's
been a fairly safe war by death standards and distance.It's over THERE.
The War Machine learned from their mistakes over the 35 years.Official Press Information is under better control at the front lines. Except for those
pesky little phone camera's, they pretty much control information going out.
No one in the U.S. or the World for that matter,had this much information this quickly about any territorial differences. Never live, up to date
confrontations. New territory here.
We were always told what the State Department allowed us, the official version of who is the good guy,who is the bad..and who won or is winning.
Now it's a bit more complicated. Technology is not just helping the fighters ,regardless who's side they're on.
It's giving us Front Page death again... almost live..but within minutes.
Let's hope we can slow down some of this destruction of lives,even though we don't know why we're in another foreign country AGAIN!!
At least bring back our "peace keeping" American Brother and Sisters in one piece..SOON!!
Country Joe McDonald
Substitute Vietnam with Afghanistan
Look at those kids in the video.. they too..just wanted to grow up,look forward to the future,not be scared of their own shadows and hope they didn't
get drafted..or hope their friends who DID get drafted OR enlisted, came home safe. PERIOD
History sure as hell does repeat itself.