One of the most divisive times in our recent history was the Viet Nam War debacle. To this day, at least in this writer’s mind, Vietnam Era Vets are the invisible cadre to U.S. Citizens.. There is even a gap between those who fought in Vietnam, and other wars and occupations. This is a statement to show that war always brings many long-term problems in its wake.
Ho Chi Mung was the ghost that proliferated paranormally through the fires, and the fogs of a forsaken land, forsaken for some, because their god, although dead, had left behind strict orders for them to go out into rice paddies and make disciples of dread, the se camjophlajged disciples who did not know their own head. Commie rulers meant commie results, and commie mind splints until the ghoul had saturated its sullen and sodden culture, so we could say, ‘it goes to show you,’ those pagans and hedonists, worshiping in the truest fashion, capturing flailing children in the midnight hours so they could burn them in napalm, the smoke tracers going up and down, because the Napalm god knew what would happen before we did.
A whole generation was traumatized, one from watching the war a world away, the others who took on new names given by communists and war gods in feudal love, we gave our own name and it was the god trauma.thanatos. It was the name ‘god of our rights.’ They came home after their round of duty, crazy, drugged, homeless, lacking life, and didn’t know how to live in America, on and on with a steady round of hairy resistance by their own people. Occasionally they were spit at, booed, heckled, and denigrated.
Large contingents said “Hell no we won’t go!” (Conscientious Objectors or COs))/the only place we’d go was to jailwhether Fort Leavenworth or some smaller cage, this was the poison in our brains that left us drained. Some came from protesting, some came from religious tradition, some shouted their blunted humanism, some groaned from having singular solidarity with darkened hued brothers and sisters who were already the largest percentage of the jail population, because they were the oppressed, their power and resources wrestled away from them due to the oppressor’s color of white—white being the Lily of the valley. Many COs came to know oppression that persons of color had always experienced by this “trial by fire.” There were no more sincere fictions. This war calls for solidarity for all human beings..
For many people, and those not old enough to remember the Vietnam War, the marked lessons learned by the experience of Vets, activists, and citizens should never be forgotten. This war brought with it in its combustible wake an incredible national fissure or conflict. What stands out most for this blogger, is that it was a war brought to end from the bottom up. Democracy in action helped quell the gigantic gulf. The gap was filled by many patriots. When you stand and speak your truth you are a patriot. Of course there will always be people who equate any dissent to disloyalty.
Peace and freedom from conflict is not just the absence of war. It is the active desire to always speak our own truth. Getting to peace, when there are conflicts ,is a messy task, but so is healing a wound in one’s body.
© Christopher Bear-Beam August 26, 2011