“I'd be screaming at them, telling them how much I detested their blind, thoughtless, automatic acquiescence to it all, their simpleminded patriotism, their prideful ignorance, their love-it-or-leave-it platitudes, how they were sending me off to fight a war they didn't understand, that they didn't want to understand. I held them responsible, by god yes I did. All of them- I held them personally and individually responsible- the polyestered Kiwanis Boys, the merchants and farmers, the pious churchgoers, the chatty housewives, the PTA and the Lions Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the fine outstanding gentry at the country club. They didn't know Bao Dai from the man on the moon. They didn't know history. They didn't know the first thing about Diem's tyranny, or the nature of Vietnamese nationalism, or the long colonialism of the French- this was too damned complicated, it required some reading- but no matter, it was a war to stop the communists, plain and simple, which was how they liked things, and you were a treasonous pussy if you had second thoughts about killing or dying for plain and simple reasons.”
This is a short section from Tim O'Brians “The things they carried” that really struck me as I read through it. As for context he was drafted to the veitnam war and was debating the idea of fleeing to Canada. I think that even though things have changed, his attack towards the American people as a whole is still an accurate description of modern siety. This book is a must read.
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