It was the Vietnam/American War that helped me finally grok the immense failure of sentience at the heart of warfare, and the horrors of capitalist and colonialist conflicts.

In Vietnam, class, race and culture collided in the context of a truly hellish war, exposing the hypocrisy of Western society through the blood of millions of young Americans and Vietnamese.

That conflict changed our world in many ways. I don’t think its profundity can be overstated.

In 1982, director John Landis was filming a movie featuring a sequence in which an American veteran of the Vietnam War is transported back in…

Pat Smith

Biologist, writer

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