Stretcher asks: “How do you imagine your life will change if the United States attacks Iraq?”
Allen Spore: In 1968 I was a military pilot stationed in Vietnam. Today, I teach a class at the San Francisco Art Institute, titled “Vietnam Odyssey” which includes a two week tour of Northern Vietnam. On our first student trip to Vietnam in 2001 I met Tran Ky Trung who had been a North Vietnamese soldier during the “American War.” Tran, a gentle and intelligent writer, invited us to his home for dinner. After dinner he read from the journal he had written in 1969. It was a poignant moment for me as I realized that we shared the same feelings during the war. We had a lot more in common than not. I am not sure how my life will change if we attack Iraq. I do know that I will not so much be thinking about Saddam Hussen and George Bush as I will be thinking about all the American and Iraqi soldiers and their families. These are people who make unimaginable sacrifices for our government’s actions.