Things happened in the 60s. If you lived through them, they may be particularly significant to you. But don't make them more than they were! Have some respect and humility. Every person take their place in history behind some people and ahead of others.
Put it this way, Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa were high school buddies, and Zappa was the one who turned out relatively normal.
If you read the stories about Pete's arrest and know a little bit about him, his excuse, if you want to call it that, has some logical consistency.
It's one of the apparent paradoxes of conflict that technologies can change the nature of battle, but not win wars. Col. John Boyd's insights into that conundrum produced some important thinking, and led to the concept of 4th Generation Warfare (4GW)....