Letters: Jun. 21, 1968

The Real Problem

Sir: I was sitting alone in a perimeter observation tower in Viet Nam when I heard of the tragic and violent death of Senator Robert F. Kennedy [June 14]. How and why can death be so prevalent in an advanced civilization such as ours? At that moment, my attention became fixed on the M-60 machine gun which rested, black and suddenly very ugly, in front of me. I wondered when I would have to kill or be killed.

I was disgusted with myself, for had I the courage of a Kennedy or a...