What Some Americans Say (1970)

by Mark Chmiel

The Vietnamese and we have indelibly stamped each other with our marks. We have destroyed beyond hope of remaking parts of their ancient culture; they have destroyed our innocence and belief in our own goodness. Neither of us can avoid the consequences of our collision, but each can gain from our future relationships if we will. It is a sign of the impact of the Vietnamese on me that I think the West in general and Americans in particular will be the greater gainers in the exchange.

–Alfred Hassler, Fellowship of Reconciliation

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Joan Baez and Alfred Hassler

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