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Philip Jones Griffiths’ Viet Nam

2016 National Book Award Finalist, Viet Thanh Nguyen:

“All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory . . . . Memory is haunted, not just by ghostly others but by the horrors we have done, seen, and condoned, or by the unspeakable things from which we have profited.”

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The Full Disclosure campaign is a Veterans For Peace effort to speak truth to power and keep alive the antiwar perspective on the American war in Viet Nam -- which is now approaching a series of 50th anniversary events. It represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon's current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars.

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This Month in History: 1968

June 4 Robert Kennedy wins the Democratic primary in California, with 88 percent of the votes going to him and rival anti-war candidate McCarthy. That night Kennedy is assassinated in Los Angeles.

June 6 Navy court martial, hearing case of Fred Patrick, rules that conscientious objection to war is a valid defense against charge of being AWOL.

June 14 A Federal District Court jury in Boston convicts Dr. Benjamin Spock (the famous obstetrician and author of numerous influential parent guides) and three others, including Yale University Chaplain William Sloane Coffin, Jr., of conspiring to aid, abet, and counsel draft registrants to violate the Selective Service Act. The conviction was overturned in 1969. Spock also authored Dr. Spock on Vietnam with Mitchell Zimmerman.

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