Re: [sixties-l] Vietnam War Memorials

From: William Mandel (
Date: Sun Jun 18 2000 - 02:04:47 CUT

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    If you have been raised to a morality in which a major
    commandment is "Thou shalt not kill," and if your government
    wants to send you overseas to a war in which you are supposed to
    kill and you yourself may be killed, and if your TV never once
    shows you that the other side has a bomber or a submarine or a
    surface vessel that can reach this country, then you don't go
    abroad to kill people who can't come here to kill you or yours.
    As for questioning, it's your morality that should teach you
                            William Mandel

    Jerry West wrote:
    > William Mandel wrote:
    > I don't blame soldiers for war. I blame them for not using the brains
    > they were given within the framework of the morality they were
    > taught....
    > JW reply:
    > And exactly what morality was that, William. If my 54 year old brain
    > can remember correctly in the 50's and 60's we were taught about the
    > duty one had to the country and how honorable it was to serve it. I
    > don't remember being taught much about questioning it. That came with
    > experience. I suppose that ignorance is no excuse though, and it is OK
    > to blame people even if they do not know what they are doing, is that
    > your point?
    > --
    > Jerry West
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