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Thread #9359   Message #172454
Posted By: BarbaraLynn
02-Feb-00 - 03:39 PM
Thread Name: Songs about Vietnam War
Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
""That's an interesting "take" on what the VC might have thought." I'm not sure whether I see the soldiers in the bushes as VC or Americans, and whether it makes too much difference. Any war both sides end up killing innocent civilians, and most of the people who do the killing feel pretty bad about it, and that's what the song is about."

Yep, I got that about how the soldiers in the bushes could be VC or Americans -- it's a really nice turn of phrasing, there. My thought I guess was that in the broader context of this thread, some might take it at first glance to refer to Americans, but when I read it, I thought it one way first and then the other way and so commented. And you are so right that no matter who does the killing, pays an emotional price for it. There is a book entitled _On Killing_, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman that explores the psychology.