Monday, December 10, 2007

Honor and Accomplishment, Part I

There is no honor in defeating an unworthy opponent.

Who gets to say whether or not our opponents are worthy?

We do.

In Vietnam, some American soldiers viewed the Vietnamese as unworthy beings and opponents. This sometimes contributed to post war psychological difficulty. If your opponent is unworthy, there is no honor for you - neither in victory nor in defeat. Because they felt little honor resulted from their actions, such soldiers were damaged.

The Americans who reintegrated into society most successfully tended to recognize their Vietnamese opponents' humanity. These Americans honored the Vietnamese as tough and resourceful fighters. For these Americans, there was honor in their military accomplishments in Vietnam.

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