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The New Soldier: John Kerry and the VVAW (The Words Kerry Wants No Voter To See!) ^ | 1971 | John Kerry

Posted on 10/20/2004 3:50:15 PM PDT by notkerry

Epilogue Written By John Kerry:

And so a New Soldier has returned to America, to a nation torn apart by the killing we were asked to do.

But, unlike veterans of other wars and some of this one, the New Soldier does not accept the old myths.

We will not quickly join those who march on Veterans' Day waving small flags, calling to memory those thousands who died for the "greater glory of the United States."

We will not accept the rhetoric.

We will not readily join the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars-in fact, we will find it hard to join anything at all and when we do, we will demand relevancy such as other organizations have recently been unable to provide.

We will not take solace from the creation of monuments or the naming of parks after a select few of the thousands of dead Americans and Vietnamese.

We will not uphold traditions which decorously memorialize that which was base and grim.

It is from these things the New Soldier is asking America to turn. We are asking America to turn from false glory, hollow victory, fabricated foreign threats, fear which threatens us as a nation, shallow pride which feeds off fear, and mostly from the promises which have proven so deceiving these past ten years.

. . . .

I think that, more than anything, the New Soldier is trying to point out how there are two Americas (WASN'T THIS KERRY/EDWARDS CAMPAIGN SLOGAN?0 -- the one the speeches are about and the one we really are. Rhetoric has blinded us so much that we are unable to see the realities which exist in this country.

We were sent to Vietnam to kill Communism. But we found instead that we were killing women and children. . . .

In Vietnam, though, the "greatest soldiers in the world," better armed and better equipped than the opposition, unleashed the power of the greatest technology in the world against thatch huts and mud paths. In the process we created a nation of refugees, bomb craters, amputees, orphans, widows, and prostitutes, and we gave new meaning to the words of the Roman historian Tacitus: "Where they made a desert they called it peace."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kerry; thenewsoldier

1 posted on 10/20/2004 3:50:16 PM PDT by notkerry
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To: notkerry

At the rate he's going it wouldn't suprise me one bit to wake up and find him on the news in a military uniform calling for his supporters to rise up in revolution.

2 posted on 10/20/2004 3:56:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (We've turned the corner and we're not smokin crack.)
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To: notkerry

Can you imagine the outrage if Bush had written this?

3 posted on 10/20/2004 3:57:27 PM PDT by Balata
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To: cripplecreek; All
John Kerry- some selected, informative links...Click the picture & goto "last" for the latest:

4 posted on 10/20/2004 4:02:06 PM PDT by backhoe (Just a Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the Trackball into the Dawn of Information...)
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To: notkerry

Just got this in my email today...

This is the FREE video clip of Kerry and VVAW.
It's a powerful 3:52 of video....
And Kerry and the DNC cannot stop EVERYONE on the internet from seeing this.!

Forward this url (all the same pick the one that is correct for your operating system)

Windows Media Player Broadband

Windows Media Player Dial Up


5 posted on 10/20/2004 7:37:05 PM PDT by rocky88 (" John Kerry: The boy with his nose pressed up against the glass.")
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