Rachel writes eloquently on a documentary about John Kerry, and the Vietnam War:
As the veterans increasingly find their voices, one emerges through the babble strong and distinct. Arising out of the ashes as one of the movementâ€™s most leading and charismatic figures, Kerry is invited to testify before the Senateâ€™s Foreign Relations Committee where he submits a beautifully crafted, eloquent denunciation of the Vietnam War.
â€œWar is not over when the shooting is done,â€ notes one observer â€œIt lives on for the soldiers who fought it.â€ Indeed, Vietnam proves to be the angry scar in American history that refuses to heal over. Going Upriver is not the story of John Kerry as it is the story of us and Americaâ€™s long battle to overcome the bitter legacy of a failed war.