"...we're killing the enemy and we are also killing many civilians. But we are doing it because they want it.
Now we changed, we switched. Maybe they don't want it but we want it. We are going in there, we're killing ..., we're killing children, we're killing women, we're killing innocent people. Because we don't want to have war fought on American soil. Or because they are twelve thousand miles away and they might get to be eleven thousand miles away.
Our whole moral position changes it seems to me.
Do we have the right here in the United States to say we are going to kill tens of thousands of people, make millions of people as we have refuges, kill women and children as we have.
There is thirty-five thousand people without limbs...one-hundred and fifty thousand civilian casulties every year. Thousands of children are killed because of our efforts.
Do we have that right, here in the United States to perform these acts, because we want to protect ourselves so it is not a greater problem for us in the United States.
I very seriously question whether we have that right. And I think other people are fighting it, other people are carring the burden. But this is also our war. Those of us who stay here in the United States. We must feel it when...a villiage is destroyed and civilians are killed."
No, that's not from the debates. That's from a television interview given 40 years ago!
I've been spending some time with an old friend since the "You Tube" debates the other evening. No matter what page I open this book to, I find words that mean as much now as they did then!
Actually, perhaps they mean more now. I was 12 then...
Damn the man who extinguished the light and the hope I remember!
His name I won't mention because he doesn't deserve web hits!
9.8 last night; 9.2 tonight. Off to shower and sleep...
Addendum, 1PM Wednesday.
As I was wandering through the house to the bathroom about 10:30 I woke up just enough that RFK's statement at the beginning of this interview really hit me:
"We are going in there, we're killing ..., we're killing children, we're killing women, we're killing innocent people. Because we don't want to have war fought on American soil. Or because they are twelve thousand miles away...."
If I drive fown the street to the next block, or downtown and start shooting people there because they might come break into my house while I'm at work, I go to prison!
Is there really any difference?