POW Reunion

01 Oct

Viet Nam POWs Heading for Home. [courtesy Google Images]

Viet Nam POWs Heading for Home.
[courtesy Google Images]

I was drafted during the Viet Nam war.  I wasn’t particularly “political” at the time so I didn’t mind being enslaved.  I thought it would be fun to be in the military.

It wasn’t.  I was never sent to Viet Nam.  I was blessed to stay in the US for my entire “tour of duty”.  But the military was such a colossal waste of time that I could barely stand it.  It wasn’t bad (at least not for me)–but it was so damned boring that, for a while, I was ready to desert.  So, I’m not a fan of the military. It’s OK for some, I suppose, but it’s not for me.

And I’m certainly not a fan of Richard Nixon.

But here’s a video of a White House dinner hosted by President Nixon back in A.D. 1973 for returning Viet Nam POWs, and then a reunion of those same POWs held 40 years later in May of A.D.2013.

POW Arriving Home [courtesy Google Images]

POW Arriving Home
[courtesy Google Images]

The video is touching.  Every war and every presidency is colored by lies, violence, propaganda, corruption and death.  But, you have to admit that even the presidents that we love to hate had their moments when, like ’em or not, they did something worthy of our respect.  I don’t want to make more of this video than it deserves . . . but, I don’t want to make less of it, either.

When we strip away all the crap that’s part of almost every public production, we can still sometimes glimpse moments of genuine decency.  Such moments can give us a sense of pride in our fellow man and, therefore, hope in ourselves.  We screw up, and we screw up and we screw up.  But every once in while, we come close to doing something right.  We are therefore not irredeemable.

video   00:12:07


P.S.  Here’s another article with a similar “feel”.  It describes a “moment” involving some World War II veterans.  I don’t buy the crap about them being the “greatest generation”.  More than any other, they and my parents’ generation were “on guard duty” when this country’s decline really accelerated.  They were so busy “just following orders” and prospering that they didn’t protect our rights.  If they’d stood up against our government back in the 1950s and 1960s, we wouldn’t be in today’s police state.  So, they’re a long ways from the “greatest generation”.  But, like all the rest of us, they had and still have their good moments.  Here’s one of them :


Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Values, Video, War


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10 responses to “POW Reunion

  1. Jackie Miller, Dallas, Texas

    October 1, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Al, thanks for sharing this with us. Nixon wasn’t much but, as you know, it’s even worse now. With this video and with your words we can look back at days that, bad as they were, certainly were far better than where this nation and it’s (lack of) leaderhsip is now. If only we could return to then ……

  2. Yartap

    October 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Thanks Al. Yes Jackie – Yes.

  3. Peter

    October 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Never let them take you alive,fight to the death!

  4. Anthony Clifton

    October 2, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    Foster R. Dulles in Labor in America quotes an early document describing

    White Children in colonial servitude as,

    “…Crying and Mourning for Redemption from Their Slavery.”

    if my people…

    “we” all have the opportunity to enter the Kingdom….of truth.

  5. Doug

    October 2, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    Al, I did go to Vietnam. It was an experience that in hindsight I wouldn’t trade. It demon-strated to me just how evil war is and how demonic the U.S. leadership has become. I also learned that despite the name calling (gook, zipper-head, slope head etc.,) people around the world are the same. They love their kids and are simply trying to live their lives in peace.

    How the elites get us to fight, bleed, and die for their purposes is beyond my comprehension.

  6. Anthony Clifton

    October 2, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    on the other hand . .

    maybe the war is a multi-dimensional engagement. . .

    consider the word Israel being defined according to the Zionist Imperative and the Jewish Narrative

    where “Israel” the “Jewish” so-called State manufactured by so-called World Jewry or the ‘International Bankers’…is a Global Nuclear Terrorist State blackmailing and running a
    Mass Mind Control [TRAUMA BASED] operation on the Earths inhabitants including the little
    so-called”Russian Jews” or the Ashkenazim “Khazar” proselytes to Talmudic Judaism in
    Palestine sincedeclaring their “Jewish” so-called State Israel in 1948….

    From Prof. George Jochnowitz….an “Israeli” so-called “Jew”, {but not an actual Israelite}

    So then, why are they continuing to oppose Israel?

    Iran’s hostility towards Israel makes no sense whatsoever. Iran has mentioned the plight of the Palestinians on occasion, but Iran has hardly ever been friends with an Arab nation. The big exception is with Assad’s Syria, since Assad is an Alawite and therefore a member of a Shiite sect. Palestinians, and most Arabs, are Sunnis.

    Sunnis and Shiites have been at war for centuries.

    Iran has never faced up to the fact that it has no reason to be enemies with Israel.
    Neither has the rest of the world.
    Leaders of all nations take it for granted that Iran is Israel’s enemy,
    and nobody has ever asked why.

    Hostility to Israel is the rule and not the exception. Who needs a motive?

  7. Peter

    October 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    It can be summarized in one word “USURY”! See Ezekiel 18:13.

    We live smack dab in the middle of Babylon the Great! Take cover my friend.

  8. Peter

    October 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Anthony Clifton, apprieciate the direction you have given me toward the narrow path .

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    if you are the anti shyster or no of his whereabouts please have him to contact me for he is the only one that I know with this type of knowledge thank you so much for your time and consideration area code 314 898 5309

  10. Martens

    October 3, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    The so-called “greatest generation” dropped the ball alright. It was during their time that consumerism and “looking out for number one” came to the fore at the expense of the civic responsibility necessary to keep the covetous and power-hungry in check.

    In their defense, however, it should be noted that the big government of the post-WWII era brought with it the greatest economic boom in world history, for the middle class especially. So it was very tempting for the “greatest generation” to give in to worldly concerns and allow Washington DC everything it wanted.


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