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Odessey Donating Member (62 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 09:16 AM
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25. I'm sorry, I disagree.
Most of what I wrote is based on childhood memories, but, last year, at our local courthouse, they had a board with the pictures of many of the local men and women who were serving in the Middle East. A Vietnam Vet stood next to me and cried. He said he'd wished they had done those types of things for all the Vietnam vets. He said, when he got off the plane in California, "he and his buddies were spit at and bottles thrown at them". I cried with him, with my arm around his shoulder. He said there was a scuffle at the airport as other customers in the airport came to their aid and got between them and the people who attacked them.

That war (conflict) was horrible. We should have never been there. But I've learned long ago not to trust the "experts" just because they've written the books. If the author is at any way biased, his writing reflects it. Part of my job involves research and I've worked with students working towards their doctorates as they do research. You wouldn't believe how they stretch to support their theses. I keep saying 'just the facts'. Whether you like them or not - the facts are the facts. I look at the spate of both conservative and liberal writers and take the "facts" in their books with a grain of salt. And, now that I'm old enough to not be awed by the 'all knowing' college professors like I used to be, I take their opinions and research with even less of a grain of salt.

Sorry, I don't want to be rude or contrary. The Vietnam vet thing is a soft spot for me. The injustice of it all - the war itself, the treatment of those men, the power-hungry 'establishment' that the protesters referred to at the time - all leave a bad taste in my mouth. My high-school graduating class missed going by one year. We were to first class to really be carefree. War was not part of our vocabulary. The shadow had been lifted.
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