This is a work of fiction based on the truth. The author was an Area Director for The American Friends Service Committee during the turbulent decade of the sixties
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GOD GO With THEM" is the lead story in a TRILOGY of that era. The real tragedy of the times was not just the ugly war in Vietnam itself, but the untold story of the pain inflicted on the many parents of young boys who had to decide between being a conscientious objector; join the thousands who left their country, go to jail, or go to kill or be killed. Tough decisions for an eighteen-year-old boy.
If ex-Secretary McNamara (in a large way responsible for the deaths of over fifty thousand American boys) admits in his book that, "We were wrong, terribly wrong," then Isn't it time to honor the soldiers of peace who were right, terribly right? Now, at middle age, they ask for no medals. They ask only to have their dignity and honor restored by their countrymen. Today, as the media reports an expected long US military presence in Kosovo, and the horror of the Trade Center and Pentagon bombing, they fear another war and a reintroduction to the Draft. Will a new generation be forced to go and kill or be killed?
WHY SHOULD EX SENATOR BOB KERRY NOT BE TRIED FOR WAR CRIMES AND THOSE WHO HAD THE COURAGE TO SAY NO REMAIN STIGMATIZED?
From the book. . . He took one step up into the police bus, then glanced back just in time to see a policeman grab Nancy by the hair and pull her limp body up so he could get a grip under her shoulders. Her kerchief was knocked to the ground....”Leave her alone you no good son-of-a-bitch,” Mark screamed, spinning in the bus doorway and stepping past the guard toward Nancy.
The little golden flecks that danced before his eyes mingled with the blue circles, then parted
as shapes of other heads began to materialize. The warm feeling in the back of his head turned to a dull throbbing. “Jesus Christ,” a voice penetrated the throbbing. “This guy needs stitches. For god’s sake can’t somebody get him to a hospital?”