These guys are all pumped now — but they’re young. There’s going to be a whole process they go through, just like the guys did after Vietnam, when the government starts cutting back veterans’-hospital money and stuff like that. When you go to the woods around Martinsburg, West Virginia [where Burns lives], they won’t be filled with guys who fought in Vietnam. They’ll have died, and their places will be taken by the guys from Iraqi Freedom.
I think the people responsible for getting us in the war should be tried, because that was a crime. They knew what they were doing, and we’re going to let them off the hook. This country, what we’ve done around the world has been quite ugly. But we’ve managed to drape it in democracy and loyalty and pat things like that. I don’t think Iraqis feel that patriotism, that loyalty, that democracy. There’s something wrong somewhere, because the anger is not there. And we need healthy doses of righteous anger. This is appalling.
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