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Subject: Jean Lee Adams, the USA Vietnam Nurse who hated John Kerry

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Date Posted: 02:30:31 10/29/04 Fri

Quoting John Kerry “to attempt to justify the loss of one American life in Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos by linking such loss to the preservation of freedom . . . is to us the height of criminal hypocrisy.”

In the book "Piece of My Heart: The Stories of 26 American Women who Served in Vietnam", there is a story by Lily Jean Lee Adams, who was an Army nurse in Cu Chi in 1968 on p.320.

Shortly after arriving in Vietnam, Adams was assigned to care for a seriously ill North Vietnamese POW. She hadn’t come to Vietnam to “take care of gooks”, but the man was believed to have important information that could save American lives. After a shift of constantly monitoring and adjusting the young man’s medication, she had become attached to her patient, and when the interrogators arrived, she was thinking “If they start slapping him around, I’m going to start slapping them around, because I worked my ass off to keep this kid alive”.

After listening to the interrogation, she got to ask the prisoner/patient a question.
I said, “He doesn’t have to answer if he doesn’t want to, but I’d like to know how he feels about the war.” The interpretation was—and he looked straight at me when he said it—“If I could march in Hanoi like you are marching in Washington, D.C., I would be doing it”.
That hit me. I had to walk to a quiet part of the library to compose myself. For the first time, I nearly hated John Kerry and all the rest of the smug, posturing, strident, over-bearing, self-righteous, pious, pompous “anti-war” movement. While John Kerry sanctimoniously indicted America for being racist, even as he dismissed the Vietnamese for being indifferent to liberty, a 19-year-old North Vietnamese soldier was showing more brilliance of spirit and respect for freedom—American freedom—than John Kerry has ever had in his bleak and blasted life.

- Seán, 10/16/2004 09:58:52 PM

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