You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
A family friend described just "some" of his experiences in Viet Nam. He was a point man. Wounded twice. Glad to be alive. That was another war where our soldiers weren't sure who their enemies were. Kids, old men and women booby-trapped; American soldiers booby-trapped so when we tried to collect our dead, we'd lose a few more in the process. Horrendous atrocities done to our soldiers -- some while they were dead...some while they were still alive. He's got some real horror stories...some of which he hasn't told me, but has told Tom.
One story he told was when they were being over-run by the North Vietnamese, their South Viet compadres were going to hide in a huge bunker with them. They told the South Vietnamese they were on their own and were prepared to machine-gun every last one of them had they entered the bunker. They did not trust them.
War is hell. On a side note -- off topic -- if we put our guys into Libya, I think the president should be impeached. And I've never said that before in my life.
Thank you, Quazi!
^ I've been told stories by some Vietnam vets of raping (literally) village people and setting it ablaze. American soldiers had total power there to do what they wanted, especially the units that were temporarily without command. If you get the vets drunk enough, they'll talk about anything.
I agree that war is hell, and without the rules of civilization and government, people would do that kind of thing. People need to be good because it is their moral imperative, not just because. It tends to be the "just because" good people who end up committing heinous acts once the watchful eye is absent.