Texas Chronicle #3: What Are We Fighting For?


(Edited by Daniel Wirt)

In 1965, shortly after the first American combat troops arrived in Vietnam, Country Joe McDonald famously sang:
“And it’s one, two, three,
what are we fighting for?
Don’t ask me I don’t give a damn
Next stop is Vietnam.
And it’s five, six, seven, open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why,
Whoopie! We’re all gonna die!“

Of course, it was a rhetorical question — the obvious, objective answer being:  fighting for a criminal, imperialistic war of choice.  But the war was won by the heroic Vietnamese people and the North Vietnamese Army, under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh, at the cost of several million dead and unspeakable atrocities committed by the Americans and their South Vietnamese proxy.

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