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I've been watching the documentary "The Vietnam War." I did not serve in Vietnam but I did serve during the Vietnam War. As someone who lived through that tumultuous period, I find the 10 episode film to be a respectable summary for anyone who did not live though those times. 

For me, as it must be for many others who lived through that era, what remains is an overwhelming cynicism and utter distrust of the motives and actions of politicians and governments — ours or anyone else's!

For many of us, we have come to believe if a politician opens his mouth, what is about to come out will be something less than the truth. Our government has betrayed us over and over again and they continue to this day to carry on that tradition. 

If there is anything the younger generations takes away from this film, I hope it is this — never ever assume your government has your best interest in mind. Be vigilant, question everything, and above all, if your government says it's time to put your life on the line, make damn sure you fully understand their true motives and not the patriotic hogwash they are using to motivate you.

Jim Watts,

Missoula

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