Monday, August 10, 2009

Fort Campbell's 'Modern' Welcome Home for Vietnam Vets can not make up for the lies of war

"All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting." George Orwell The Grunt

Leaders decided to make it up to the previous generation
Since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers returning to Fort Campbell have been greeted by waving flags, an Army band and plenty of family and friends.

That was not the case in the 1960s and early '70s, when there was very little support for many Vietnam veterans returning from combat.

So leaders at Fort Campbell decided to make it up to the previous generation and give them a long-awaited welcome-home celebration this week.

The event will be Sunday as a part of the installation's annual celebration for the 101st Airborne Division, called Week of the Eagles.

Robert Nichols, a retired command sergeant major from the 101st Airborne, is helping organize the event along with the 101st Airborne Division Association, an organization for former members of the storied division.

A veteran of both Vietnam and the Persian Gulf wars, Nichols said there was a stark difference in how he was treated when he came home each time.

"I was just 18 and 19 in Vietnam, and I did what my country asked me to do," he said. "When we came home, everyone was mad at us, and it was confusing and it was emotional. It was very hard."

He's hoping that these veterans will get a chance to experience the support and gratitude that current soldiers enjoy. {more - the Tennessean}

I don't know what area of the country Mr. Nichols was refering to when he said "everyone was mad at us." I don't recall that being the case here in the middle Tennessee area. That would be misplaced anger, wouldn't it? Most of the 'grunts' sent to Vietnam were forced to go there, it was called the draft. The anger I saw, even my own, was towards the government who told nothing but lies about why we were there.

I'm all for supporting war vets but that doesn't mean glorifying the lies. Vietnam, just as Iraq and Afghanistan, was never about freedom, security or any of the rest of the nonsense our 'leaders' and the bought media tried to convince us to believe.

I hope this so called 'better late than never' ceremony helps a few of the vets. I suppose it is a form of group therapy and maybe a few old wounds will be healed.

But the greatest help for all should come from those vets who have not succumbed to the constant bombardment of propaganda that 'war is peace' and have the realization that all these wars are for one thing...the profit of a few.

Perhaps just one Vietnam vet will stand up and shout "You lied about everything, over 50,000 of our brothers died in vain and now you want to ease the guilt by having a band play in our honor. Bullshit!"

Perhaps just one vet will say "Never Again."

Where is the outrage against the lies of war?

Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial - My Small Tribute to Eric Duffer


  1. I wouldn't be surprised to see the event select Vietnam vets so they can weed out those who want to speak out against the lies.

    Only true 'patriots' will be allowed in and the biggest war mongers will be allowed face time on CNN.

  2. I suppose this comment will elicit some criticism, but I cannot help expressing this opinion. All war is immoral and wrong;there is no honor in killing anyone for any reason. There is no justification for any armed conflict. War is not a continuation of politics, but the total failure of politicians to perform their duties.Where is the honor in sending young people into combat to kill and maim other youths,while rich older politicians sit comfortably at home,voicing platitudes as they tally their war-industrial profits?How can we categorize murder by uniformed conscripts as honorable, when all of societies reject murder by civilians as criminal?Draping flags over our crimes confers no legality;covering our state-sanctioned mercenaries with medals does not absolve them from murder.We are sentient beings;we are supposed to be better than that.We should be more than capable of resolving our differences in non-lethal ways.

    "As long as you build memorials to war,you will never know peace."
    Bertrand Russell

  3. No criticism at all here, free.

    I think you summed it up pretty well.

  4. Life Sucks, And The Truth Often Hurts
    (Apollonian, 11 Aug 09)

    So Ken: what exactly was "summed up" by the effeminate and sanctimonious "free" who talks nothing but ignorant nonsense?--and just who does this nonsense actually serve?

    For life sucks (Greek Tragedy), comrades, and u gotta be capable and willing to defend urself. For if u're not capable of warfare, U WILL DIE, comrade, and that's the simple TRUTH which u need to face.

    I hate and detest Pharisees and people who begin babbling about "morality" without giving the premises thereto, morality by definition mere logic btwn ends and means. For war in defense is NOT bad, obviously, and the only thing now is to analyze how war begins.

    For LIFE IS WAR, as we're informed by all our greatest ancestors, beginning at least w. Homer.

    And war always begins w. lies and fraud--like the Jews (and accomplices among gentiles) who have ripped off everyone else with their sublime COUNTERFEIT conspiracy--see,, and for expo/ref. on US Federal Reserve Bank (Fed).

    Clever Jews consider it prudent to striking first, u see--God told them. For best Talmudic expo see,, and

    So then when former victims go to take back what's theirs, for example, Jews think they will "defend" their ill-gotten gains. And so it goes fm there. "War" then gets back to Christian TRUTH vs. Jew lies and conspiracy, as in Gosp. JOHN.

    CONCLUSION: So "free" just babbles useless, meaningless, pretentious, deceptive, and Pharisaic platitudes, comrade Kenny, and I think I summed it up even better, though u probably won't compliment me will u? Honest elections and death to the Fed. Apollonian