How old are you, small Vietnamese boy?
Six fingers. Six years.
Why did you carry water to the wounded soldier, now dead?
Your father was enemy of free world.
You also now are enemy of free world.
Who told you to carry water to your father?
Your mother is also enemy of free world.
You go into ditch with your mother.
American politician has said,
“It is better to kill you as a boy in the elephant grass of Vietnam
Than to have to kill you as a man in the rye grass in the U.S.A.”
It is easier to die
Where you know the names of the birds, the trees and the grass
Than in a strange country.
You will be number 128 in the body count for today.
High body count will make the Commander-in-Chief
of the free world much encouraged.
Good-bye, small six-year-old Vietnamese boy, enemy of free world.
Author: Eugene McCarthy
Eugene McCarthy served as a civilian in the War Department in 1944 and later became a Senator from Minnesota. He campaigned for the Democratic nomination for president in 1968 as a peace candidate.