i say nothing of the american crimes because i am giving you a hypothetical situation where one american does all good, and ask if you do not think that this american, the elite of the elite, deserves a medal of honour.rhubroma said:My interest is in the history of conflict and its various causes and effects, not in glorifying war or its so called heros.
I think my above mentioned statement about heroism and patriotism in light of self-sacrifice, but within a greater spectrum of injustice, demonstrates that I can at most adopt a neutral position which neither ridicules nor glorifies.
You place total weight in your arguments on the courage and innocence of the Americans and the brutality of the Vietcong. This is at best a simplistic and distorted view of reality, at worst a manipulative analysis of fact. The truth is that the American's were not quite so innocent, whereas the brutality of torture was not limited to the Vietcong during this conflict. To say nothing of the evironmental tragedy caused by Agent Orange. In short, it was dirty business, through and through.
Of course americans commited crimes, murders, like the bombings of cambodia, mai lai, but i am not asking that you give the medal of honour to the william calleys of this world, who massacred children, but to those who didnt commit murder, but saved others.