I did everything I could not to fight in Vietnam. To be honest, it wasn’t really in the cards anyway. I was in grad school, married with a kid on the way. Besides, I was from the upper middle class. There were always ways out if my number came up, people to call.
Making war wasn’t for the likes of me. I was an intellectual, an artist – a liberal or even a leftist. I had read Bertrand Russell.
Was I coward?
Yes. So was I. And so were most of my fellow leftist anti-warriors. I learned to admit it to myself, and to live with the shame of it every day for the rest of my life.
As did you. We are the minority, though. But at least we do know shame. They don’t, and that says nothing good about them. Nothing at all.
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