I have the highest admiration for people who step up to claim their behavior and motivations. I am relieved for those refugees who make it to the shores of acceptance and mercy.
Karl Malantes was a guest on Moyers & Company this week. He talked about his Viet Nam War experience in comparison to today’s soldiers’ recurring tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. His interview was filled with revelations and enlightenment. He is a conduit of insight to what war is doing to our economically deprived, young, enlistees. He has managed to come to terms with his experience.
As a nation, we have sent young men and women to kill for the travesty of American imperialism. We owe them their lives, regardless of whether or not we, as individuals, have profited directly from military engagement. For the most part, we sat back and allowed those kids to go, without trying to save them.
Countless mothers, fathers, spouses, and children are the collateral damage to these wars. I hope each and every veteran finds the way to inner peace.