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  1. Yes, it’s very clear, and also out of context.
    It’s a bit like the movie critic who writes “The film was a colossal bore,” and the film ad slices the quote down to “… colossal!…” You leave out the context, so that it says something entirely different from what was intended.

  2. Maha — no, it’s not. It’s his closer. Earlier in the piece he writes, “Stories of spat-upon Vietnam veterans are bogus.”
    Are we looking at the same article? The one from which I’m quoting was published in Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Spring 2003. (link)

  3. I was a teenager during the Vietnam war and am not aware of any specific spitting incidents. But I am not sure anyone could say it never happened. The fact is that some people did not treat Vietnam veterans with the proper level of respect.
    Iraq war veterans are benefiting from this and are being treated with more respect than their predecessors. This qualifies as a good thing.

  4. Both sides of the partisan divide listen to their own sides stories. This is a good example.
    What happened was an extensive Lexis-Nexis search disclosed no reported media accounts of soldiers being spit upon. There is one account of a spitting incident where it is unclear why a soldier is being spit at. This is the side the left believes.
    Many years later a columnist in Chicago asked soldiers to send him accounts and he published a book of them. He had recieved numerous accounts. This is the side the right believes.
    By the end of the Vietnam war it was very unpopular with the great majority of American people, particularly young people, and thousands of draftees had fled to Canada. Our conservative president and many conservative prominent today used whatever means they had available to avoid being sent to Vietnam, a war everyone knew was lost. After the end of the war both sides developed their own myths about the war and why it was lost and why we were even fighting.

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