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  • The lessons I learned from Vietnam are:
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  • The lessons I learned from Vietnam are:
    1) Wars are easier to start than end. 2) Wars cost more than stated at onset. 3) Wars kill innocent people along with combatants but those folks are rarely counted. 4) There are long-term unknown costs for disabled veterans and their families. 5) War tends to proliferate and destabilize larger areas than intended. 6) Wars take funding away from needs within our country. 7) The military/corporate complex promotes and needs wars and enemies to perpetuate itself. 8) When we pick allies to arm in a civil war, the arms we provide often are turned against us later, such as in Afghanistan. 9) Often angry, belligerent talk is only talk, and by reacting too quickly without understanding we can be pulled into unnecessary conflict.
    The irony of Vietnam is that we now have full economic involvement with that country and our tourists, who include former soldiers, may visit there. What a shame to have wasted lives and money when if we had resisted war we might never have had to fight to achieve these results! Let's remember, war doesn't pay as a policy. — Annie Drager, Phoenix
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