I don’t recall having come across this quote, from World War II veteran Henry Fonda in a 1972 television commercial opposing the Vietnam War, before this afternoon:

When I was a kid, I used to be really proud of this country. I thought that this was a country that cared about people, no matter who they were or where they came from. But now, when I see my country engaged in an endless war, a pushbutton war in which American pilots and electronic technicians are killing thousands of Asians, without even seeing who they kill … when I see us each week stepping up the tonnage of bombs dropped on Indochina … then I don’t feel so proud any more. Because I thought that was what bad countries did … not my country.

Today is, of course, the 64th anniversary of a certain pre-Vietnam event that fits Fonda’s description rather well. I wrote late last year about the dangers of forgetfulness.