Who We Were, Who We Are

by Mark Chmiel

“I don’t know that any reasonable, sensible person thinks the Vietnam War was a good and righteous undertaking, but it is crucial that we come to understand the war as an event and expression of our national character, and accept our responsibility. Now we have to discover what it was—this epoch of arrogant greed and self-destruction—and be honest with ourselves.”

–Larry Heinemann, Vietnam veteran and writer

Quoted in Marilyn B. Young, John J. Fitzgerald, Tom Gruntled, eds. The Vietnam War: A History in Documents

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