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Neil Sheehan Quotes

Neil Sheehan Quotes & Quotations
Neil Sheehan
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    Americans, particularly after World War II, tended to romanticize war because in World War II our cause was the cause of humanity, and our soldiers brought home glory and victory, and thank God that they did. But it led us to romanticize it to some extent. Neil_SheehanNeil Sheehan
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    I think you have to remember that Americans saw their purpose as so innately good that they could excuse the pain they would inflict on others to carry out those purposes. Because the purposes were so good, they would justify this pain we were inflicting on other people. Neil_SheehanNeil Sheehan
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    I went to Vietnam; it was my first assignment as a reporter for the UPI, and I never could get away from the war. Neil_SheehanNeil Sheehan
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    Just because you put higher-octane gasoline in your car doesn't mean you can break the speed limit. The speed limit's still 65. Neil_SheehanNeil Sheehan
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    People talked to me in a way I think they would not have talked to somebody who hadn't shared the experience; they gave me their papers, they gave me their diaries. I found people constantly opening up to me. And I think they did because I had shared that experience with them. Neil_SheehanNeil Sheehan
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    The destruction of civilian hamlets, the killing and the wounding of civilians, became vastly greater than it had been before, and it was very upsetting; but I still couldn't bring myself to understand that the policy itself was wrong. Neil_SheehanNeil Sheehan
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    The unthinkable occurred: two communist countries went to war with each other. Neil_SheehanNeil Sheehan
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    These men were wrongfully rejected, the veterans. The fighting man should never have been blamed for Vietnam. Neil_SheehanNeil Sheehan
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    We had a military and political leadership at that period which was genuinely deluded. Neil_SheehanNeil Sheehan
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    We thought that whatever we wanted to do was right and good, simply because we were Americans, and we would succeed at it because we were Americans. Neil_SheehanNeil Sheehan
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    World War II had been such a tremendous success story for this country that the political and military leadership began to assume that they would prevail simply because of who they were. We were like the British at the turn of the 19th century. Neil_SheehanNeil Sheehan
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    You remember all those phrases about how "these people" - Asians - don't value human life like we do. Well if you spend any time around them, you discover that they love their children just as much as we love ours. That is certainly true of the Vietnamese. Neil_SheehanNeil Sheehan