Earlier today one of the best known Vietnam war protest songs returned to radio. Not because of a resurgence of protest, but because its singer, Edwin Starr, died from a heart attack. One of a seemingless endless parade of Motown performers. He lived, performed and died in England.
Melody and lyrics merged anti-war feelings from that time with today’s. War remains good for absolutely nothing but the undertaker. It is witness to weak leadership, faulty reason, poor negotiation and failed diplomacy.
Interestingly enough, in searching for this song, I found a copy on a Connecticut American Veteran’s web site. Many of its members likely served in Vietnam. Often those who have fought and faced the horror directly understand the ideas put forward in that song better than the rest of us.