Lessons from Vietnam War: When will they ever learn?

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May 8, 2015

A girl cries after a rocket destroyed her home in 1973 during the Vietnam War on a U.S. airbase in Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. Forty years after the war in Vietnam ended, Americans still replay the events that led to deeper American involvement in the southeast Asian conflict, as well as the turmoil that resulted from it. (CNS file photo) See WASHINGTON LETTER May 8, 2015.

A girl cries after a rocket destroyed her home in 1973 during the Vietnam War on a U.S. airbase in Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. Forty years after the war in Vietnam ended, Americans still replay the events that led to deeper American involvement in the southeast Asian conflict, as well as the turmoil that resulted from it. (CNS file photo)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Forty years after the war in Vietnam ended, Americans still replay the events that led to deeper American involvement in the Southeast Asian conflict as well as the turmoil that resulted from it.

Satisfactory answers were hard to come by then, when it seemed that the nation came close to tearing apart at the seams. The lessons to be learned from Vietnam can still be difficult to hear, much less understand and accept.

David Cortright, director of policy studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame — and a Vietnam dissenter while serving stateside in the Army outlined three hard lessons.

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