A quote I found before the Iraq war started rings especially true today.
This is from Dolia Gonzales, then age 73, upon learning that the survivor benefits of her son, Alfredo, who was killed serving in Vietnam, would be cut off, because she was his mother, not his spouse.
“We — the common, average Americans — are the ones who suffer when war is declared, not those who declare it. We are the ones who give our children, never to see them again. We are the ones who pay the bills of war. And we are the ones who will keep on paying.”
A perfect case of when the more things change, the more they stay the same.