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I appreciated Dickey's ceamontmry and found it surprisingly anti-war in sentiment for a Newsweek.com article. Nevertheless, I was disappointed that, in the end, he absolves the soldiers of any blame for their actions because they were "just doing their jobs." Is there a popular sentiment more responsible for war-related atrocities than this? Surely the soldiers aren't only to blame, with plenty to go around for politicians, military commanders, corporate war profiteers and lobbyists, and the rest of us taxpayers and voters. But as human beings, shouldn't we accept personal responsibility for our individual actions, even when we're being told what to do, and demand so of others? I don't see a way of avoiding these kinds of atrocities until we do.

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