Letters, Feb. 19, 1973

Tremendous Relief

Sir / I had trouble understanding the emotions I felt on hearing that the Viet Nam conflict was nearing an end [Feb. 5]. I did not feel like breaking out the champagne, but I did feel a tremendous relief. I echo the commentator who said it is not that something wonderful has happened; it is more a feeling that something terrible has finally ended.


Bellingham, Mass.

Sir / Upon learning about the end of the war, I could not help but feel a mixture of anger and shame—shame for all...

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