By Ron KovicBreaking the Silence of the NightFri Oct 13, 2006 03:35
Ron Kovic: Breaking the Silence of the Night
Posted on Oct 10, 2006
By Ron Kovic
A time comes when silence is betrayal.
-- Martin Luther King Jr., April 4, 1967
It all begins somewhere, the questioning, the doubting, the feeling that something’s not right; like that day the captain set fire to the Vietnamese woman’s hooch, or the night we shot those women and children by mistake. It’s all got to start somewhere. For them it might have been the innocent civilians killed that day at the checkpoint just north of Baghdad or the dead children lying in the road in Kirkuk, or that night in Nasiriyah when they kicked in the front door of that house, screaming and cursing at the children as they threw their father to the floor, tying his hands behind his back and putting a hood over his head, but you remain silent, you say nothing. You’ve been taught to follow orders, to obey and not question, to go along with the program and do exactly what you’re told. You learned that in boot camp.
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