Yes, I now can see how it might now be seen as a 'commercial appropriation' of the pain of the ones involved, but the take from my friends, and certainly their parents, was entirely positive toward the song. It actually changed the minds of many adults connected to the school.I was five. I'm truly glad I only know of the Vietnam war and those times via documentaries and stories. Seems like there wasn't enough peace, love and cookies
Did generate some excellent music though, although the point about commercializing pain is noted.
We were all quite a bit less media sophisticated and cynical in those days, the warm flowing ooze of the great ****e-train was just getting started and hadn't affected us at that time.