Sunday, March 23, 2008

Reasons for staying

We almost always forget why we go to war because of the horror of it and sometimes we think that if we just leave things alone the status quo is more appetizing. Even when the situation is or seems contrived we try to do our best often without the results we eenvision. When I was offered the chance to stay in Nam for a few months and return the army would give me an early release from active duty, it seemed like a no brainer. It was about the people. People who had suffered through "a hundred year war," people who when treated with respect would share their last morsel of food with a total stranger. People who lived in constant fear of their enemies and their own government. People who just wanted what we all want. It's all about people.


Elizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing, Steve. No, we can't imagine what it's like, because most of us have never been in a situation like this. You've had experiences unique to the time - it helps us to see through your eyes.

Judy said...

Steve, please write the rest of this story.

Ann said...

I often think about the time you spent in Nam and how naive I was about your role. It will be good to learn more about that piece of your life. Thank you for opening the door.