talks about his time there..
we have heard very little from the combatants/soldiers in this war…
those who are,like vietnam..fighting an increasingly unpopular/morally dubious war….
btw..anyone wanting a window into grunt life in vietnam should read ‘despatchs’ by michael herr..some of the best/most insightful writing on war…
i read the book 20 years ago..and an image in there has stuck with me like glue..
herr asks us to imagine ourselves as an 18 year old corn-fed country boy..who has never been anywhere..or done anything…
he is conscripted to go to vietnam..
flash-forward..he is the forward gunner in a helicopter gun-ship…..
he is whacked off his head on a mix of high quality smack and super-potent weed…with jimi hendrix blasting through his headphones ….and he is grooving on the patterns the tracer bullets are making as they strafe a village full of vietnamese…..
go to source/story>>AlterNet: WireTap: A Soldier Speaks: Zechariah