"Everyone assumed I'd had some soul-scarring encounter with the Real: the harsh, unvarnished violent world-as-it-actually-is, outside the bubble America, a sojourn to the Heart of Darkness that either destroys you or leaves you sadder or wiser. It's bullshit, of course"(170) .
"How many Vietnam vets does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
"The weird thing with being a veteran, at least for me, is that you do feel better than most people...You held up your hand and said, 'I'm willing to die for these worthless civilians'"(203).
YOU WOULDN'T KNOW. YOU WEREN'T THERE! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAHAHAHAAHA HAHAAHAHAhaHahAhAHAahahAhahahahaHahaaaha
He is so annoying
I know, right?
"I snorted, took a pause, and, as I looked at her flat-heeled shoes, felt that old vet-versus-civilian anger coming up"(173).
They're not my people
We're all one people
How could you kill your own people?
"'I didn't shoot anybody, but I was definitely responsible'"(200).
I never killed anyone. But I did watch somebody die. Slowly
"'My father's a deacon,' she said. 'But he's not a very good man. Ittook me a long time to realize that...'"(198).
My father thinks Islam is the religion of poor blacks. He says people will think I picked it up in prison.
"But Zara's outburst didn't come. She just stood there. And then some emotion I couldn't identify moved through her, and she didn't seem angry anymore"(212). Respect can be forged even between people with opposing belief systems through debate and conversation.
It's okay. I'm glad you can talk about it. Maybe we'll talk another time