"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
Thing is that villages and farms in the way of major strategic operations had potential ties to VC forces, with the result often being that soldiers often found themselves outflanked or surrounded. Since there was no realistic way to ascertain whether the villages and farms were loyal to one side or the other, maybe they disappear under a hail of gunfire and the problem doesn't present itself. At the very least, villages perceived to be "in the way" of operations are all collateral. Pentagon papers estimates put civilian losses due to such at 10,000, third-party estimates like Germany in the tens of thousands.
Similar to the practice of fragging, where new, inexperienced, or otherwise incompetent officers suddenly found themselves a victim of friendly fire from veteran troops. Loose ends in Vietnam had a way of disappearing.
If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge.
I preferred the term "slope".. it just sounds better rolling off the tongue to me.
when i'm talking about our previous enemies, I still use epithets .. I don't think i've ever met a Nam Vet that doesn't.
no real need to be nice and sensitive to the very folks who were trying to kill you .. and whom you were trying to kill.
as for Giap and my opinion on his death.. well,he's the person most responsible for the death of my older brother...I'll leave it at that.