Equal Opportunity War

EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT VIETNAM WAS A CLASS WAR, WHOSE burden was borne disproportionately by the inner-city and rural poor and minorities. Well, it seems that everybody is wrong. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of ) Technology, co-funded by the U.S. Army, shows that the 58,000 Americans who died in the war represented a good cross section of the nation. By analyzing the family income of those servicemen, the M.I.T. team found that 26% of the casualties were from families earning in the highest third of the income range, vs. 30% of casualties from the lowest third. The most prosperous...

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