26 Years After Saigon, War Heroics or War Crimes?

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Twenty-six years after the fall of Saigon, a former senator's long-held secret has focused attention on the legacy of Vietnam and the nature of war itself. For 32 years, Bob Kerrey has been haunted by the memory of civilian casualties his unit inflicted on women and children as they returned fire in a darkened village. If, as Kerrey said, "the greatest danger of war is not losing your life but the taking of others," what can be said of the "heroics" of war? Two Vietnam veterans, a Vietnamese, and historians Stanley Karnow and Paul Fussell share their thought about why we remember Vietnam so differently from World War II.
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