Taken from Vietnam: A History of the War by Allen Meece (reviewer):
Vietnam: A History of the War
by Russell Freedman
(Holiday House, 2016)
This history book starts with a Benjamin Franklin epigraph that is a broad truth: "There never was a good war or a bad peace." The Vietnam War ranks at the top of the list of bad wars and on the third page is a statement that John Kerry made in 1971 to the US Senate, "In our opinion and in our experience there is nothing in Vietnam that threatens the United States of America. And to attempt to justify the loss of one American life by linking such a loss to the preservation of freedom...is to us the height of criminal hypocrisy."
Kerry was not exaggerating when he used the word criminal. It does not matter how big the authority is that needlessly kills fifty-eight thousand Americans and two million Vietnamese, it is an establishment of criminals.... Read More