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Old August 25 2013, 01:02 PM   #31
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Re: ‘Rambo’ TV series in the works

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Controversial as the wars of the last decade or so have been, they didn't divide the American nation as much as Vietnam did.
I think it's just as bad. There is a HUGE amount of controversy over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and that is never, ever going to stop. And of course the troops are just caught in the middle.

As for the original film, I found something interesting: the small town sheriff is a veteran of the Korean War - he is just as decorated, if not more so, than Rambo was. And that's another source of conflict - the sheriff is kind of jealous that everyone has forgotten Korea but Nam is still fresh in their minds.
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Old August 25 2013, 02:11 PM   #32
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^ I don't deny that the last 2 wars are divisive but are troops really being looked down on as a result? I'm not American so I can only offer an outsider's view. However, I do get the impression that, whatever their views on Iraq or Afghanistan, the American people are largely supportive of their soldiers. That's the view from over here anyway but obviously I'd yield to an American perspective on it (and would quite like to hear one, actually).
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Old August 25 2013, 03:01 PM   #33
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Yeah, the troops are generally held in high regard here in America. Since the first gulf war there has been a real effort to make sure what happened in Vietnam was not repeated. At one point it went a bit overboard portraying them almost as blessed fighting angels or something. I'd say at this point they're seen as doing a very dangerous job and performing a noble and important duty protecting their country. Not everyone agrees with the wars but there's very little backlash against people for serving.
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Old August 25 2013, 05:29 PM   #34
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(though I've read that the stories of soldiers returning from Vietnam to be spat on or have blood thrown on them were exaggerated anyway).

My Vietnam vet father would set you straight on that. More than likely the people saying that are the people who did the most spitting.
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Old August 25 2013, 05:50 PM   #35
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^ Fair enough. As I say, it was merely something I read. I don't deign to know better than those who actually went through it.
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