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Are the conscientious objectors to the Vietnam War misunderstood, by those in their 20's and 30's?


My friend from Minnesota called yesterday talking about the conservative nature of our children. Her husband, as a matter of soul-wrentching decision-making, signed up for the Peace Corps during Vietnam and served many years in Thailand and Malaysia. All of us who were considered as "hippies," if only in our thinking, were studying the war, talking to our religious leaders, and trying to come to terms with whether it was more moral to go or to stay. I have a feeling that younger people don't fully understand the moral crisis we faced because so few conscientious objectors write about it.

 

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    I have to agree and add their texting & smartphones habits.


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    KatyWhoWaited 4 years ago

    isn't that the truth? Issues like this are very complicated. But in defense of objectors I know that while my husband was in Quang Tri, we were contemplating our complicity in the war and our moral obligation at point - gut-wrentching, it was!


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    KatyWhoWaited 4 years ago

    poignant comments, Idono, about being called "whiners," or "sympathy seekers." There's an attitude adrift that subtly instructs all who have gone through hardships to keep quiet. But isn't that why the young people don't know? Your story important.


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    KatyWhoWaited 4 years ago

    Hey Moving, I have to say at I've seen many who don't fit that pattern. You know that video dancing down the aisle so popular a few years ago? Most of that group were Peace Corps volunteers. I tend to think all generations are the same.

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    KatyWhoWaited 4 years ago

    ah... Interesting connection with the occupy movement. I do understand the difference of opinions among those who view both situations. Thanks, TPC

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    KatyWhoWaited 4 years ago

    I wonder if soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan are starting to think about this after the fact. I've heard some intensely moving stories on npr.