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Indian Country Revisited When I was younger I asked my teacher all the time in fact why do we have to learn this Her response was always youll need it when you grow up Math science and English I understood but history was different She said that we must learn our history so as not to repeat the errors of the past I still dont believe this In Vietnam Americans foreigners to their land came in and sought to take what wasnt ours to take Did we not also do this when we the British came to the Americas to take the land Sure we said that we were seeking religious freedom but was that why we were really there We were in Vietnam to fight for economic freedom against communism but was that really why Vietnam was nothing more than the entire cowboys and Indians situation all over again but with a different outcome I propose then why need history If this situation was the same as taking the Indians land then we didnt learn from our history and therefore it is worthless In Robin Moores The Green Berets he even refers to the entire conflict as Indians and Cowboys but how accurate is this For references I will be referring to Tim OBriens If I Die in a Combat Zone and Phillip Caputos Rumor of War In The Green Berets OBrien was a young intellectual who was drafted into the war years after it started He was opposed to the war the entire time and was very jaded that he had to go and fight In this book he presents the Vietnamese much in the same way that a family of cowboys would have described the Indians in the 1800s He was forced into the war and hated it and the only way that he could bring himself to fight it was to dehumanize and hate the Vietnamese They are portrayed
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