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Confederate Flag

Some Vietnam veterans would rather shake hands with their former enemies than with armchair patriots who shouted curses at peaceniks. Some Americans who fought in World War II later visited Germany and Japan, cringed at the obsolete symbols they saw, but drank beer or sake with enemy soldiers who survived the same hardships.

The reason isn’t political. It has to do with the respect that soldiers on opposing sides can pay to those who shared the same kind of sacrifice, the same kind of courage.

Which leads to the recent ravaging of the Confederate flag.

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An American Boy’s Bold Question

In 1969, hundreds of draftees in a packed auditorium were told that the South Vietnamese needed America to continue training Vietnamese soldiers until they could defeat their enemies even after we left.

When officers up front asked if there were any questions, a kid in the 17th row raised his hand. He was probably a naïve college brat who didn’t know the painful difference between Philosophy 101 and Basic Training.

The officer corps huddled and reluctantly told the kid to go ahead. This is the obvious question the kid asked:

Why does it take years to train Vietnamese boys to fight in their own war in their own country, when it takes only a few weeks for the Army to train us to fight in the same war, on the other side of the world?

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