Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam

Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam:
From Common Dreams, a speech by Martin Luther King.

This part gave me goosebumps:
"The only change came from America as we increased our troop commitments in support of governments which were singularly corrupt, inept and without popular support. All the while, the people read our leaflets and received regular promises of peace and democracy, and land reform. Now they languish under our bombs and consider us, not their fellow Vietnamese, the real enemy. They move sadly and apathetically as we herd them off the land of their fathers into concentration camps where minimal social needs are rarely met. They know they must move or be destroyed by our bombs. So they go."

And Bush would never know what this was like, because he was never there. So he will repeat history because he has learned none of its lessons.

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