What’s Left?

Sep 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Opinion

For the past two nights – Sunday and Monday – I’ve been watching the beginnings of the 10-part PBS Ken Burns documentary “The Vietnam War.” I love the documentaries that Ken Burns has produced over the years and have watched most of them. This one hits closer to home in that when the U.S. became actively involved in the war – it was at a time when I actually knew classmates of mine who served and died in the Vietnam War. Watching all the things leading up to our involvement was painful. One of the men who commented on the war and was a soldier – a bit older than me – said that this was probably the last generation who thought that our government would not lie to us. That struck me as the truth. It is sad but when you see the things going on – there is no other conclusion that is viable. That is not to discount those brave soldiers who fought for what they believed was right. They were as brave as any soldier in WWII or WWI. I was also struck with the rationale behind using Agent Orange. It was something I wish we had not used even though I know when Generals decide to do something for the benefit of their troops – it is often not something your average citizen would agree to – if asked. I hope that if you are interested in the facts of the Vietnam War – you will watch the remainder of these episodes on PBS. It is so sad to think of how these particular veterans were greeted when they returned home. I am embarrassed that we – as a nation – did not give them the respect they deserved. I am happy to say that even though I did not know all the facts back when I was a teenager – I respected those who gave their lives for us and for those returning soldiers. It is a lesson for all of us. Go to your happy place. See you next week!