John Kerry likely served honorably in Vietnam, but when he returned home spoke strongly against what was going on there. In some quarters he's being criticized for this. Some imply he's a traitor.
This foolishness is perpetrated by enemies of democracy, his personal enemies, or political opponents.
Most soldiers serve with honor, even if they are sent on missions of a lost or evil cause. We can't blame the soldiers for errors of their leaders, whether it's chosen officials, or the general will of the people of a country.
Recent revelations by tape recordings of President Lyndon Johnson showed he knew early on that the Vietnam war was a lost and unjust cause, yet he continued causing the deaths of many thousands of people and creatures, out of stubbornness or stupidity.
This proves we shouldn't support every war and conflict that leaders get the country into. Our leaders were bamboozled into Vietnam by the Gulf of Tonkin incident, yet learned nothing going into Iraq. Again, they were stampeded like frightened cattle in a lightning storm.
An uneducated or unaware people can't maintain freedom.
In the extreme case we could end up supporting another Hitler, Caesar, or Alexander the "great", to the death and detriment of thousands or millions of others. Just because it's good for us doesn't make it right or just.
Of course we all support our troops, as I'm sure John Kerry did when returning from Vietnam. He just didn't support the glaring errors and arrogance of our leaders, and those who allowed themselves to be led by them, in support of that war. Early on I also supported it, as every red-blooded, mother, flag, and apple-pie boy is supposed to do. It took me a little while to see the war was wrong and immoral.
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