"I defended this country as a young man."
- John Kerry, "Speech to the 2004 Democratic National Convention," JohnKerry.com, July 29, 2004.
"I personally didn't see personal atrocities in the sense I saw somebody cut a head off or something like that. However, I did take part in free-fire zones, I did take part in harassment and interdiction fire, I did take part in search-and-destroy missions in which the houses of noncombatants were burned to the ground. And all of these acts, I find out later on, are contrary to the Hague and Geneva conventions and to the laws of warfare. So in that sense, anybody who took part in those, if you carry out the application of the Nuremberg Principles, is in fact guilty."
- John Kerry, on the Dick Cavett Show, June 30, 1971. Quoted in Michael Kranish, "With Antiwar Role, High Visibility," Boston Globe, June 16, 2003.
"The country doesn't know it yet, but it has created a monster, a monster in the form of millions of men who have been taught to deal and to trade in violence, and who are given the chance to die for the biggest nothing in history....
"I would, therefore, submit that the most expedient means of getting out of South Vietnam would be for the President of the United States to declare a cease-fire, to stop this blind commitment to a dictatorial regime."
- John Kerry testifying before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, April 22, 1971.
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