Every war is fought long after the last physical battle. It is the sustained battle for a dominating, ruling story about that war. Why did we go to war? How did we fight? Who were the righteous and glorious? The evil and devious? Who were the victors? What were the costs? War after war, a repeating pattern. In this United States, it is a lethal pattern propelling us into acceptance of the next war — and the next. In a period consigned to “commemorating” the American War in Vietnam, we must grab hold of, shake out, and retell that story. We must face the ghosts of war, hear the true memories, create a new pattern. Find out what Veterans For Peace are doing at their site, Full Disclosure: Toward An Honest Commemoration of the American War in Vietnam.