A nation begins to understand, as the Viet Nam vets wait for their parade
Among the Monumbos of German New Guinea anyone who has slain a foe in war becomes thereby "unclean "... [He] must remain a long time in the men's clubhouse . .. He may touch nobody, not even his own wife and children; if he were to touch them it is believed that they would be covered with sores. He becomes clean again by washing and using other modes of purification.
—Sir James George Frazer, The Golden Bough
Americans have always been...