Universal soldier was released in 1964
Other songs by Sainte Marie are Cod'ine and Until It's Time for You to Go
"He fights with missiles and with spears." In both the future and the past, soldiers are soldiers: only the equipment varies
"Kill you for me, my friend, and me for you." Whichever side he’s on, it’s still absurd
Sainte-Marie wrote Universal Soldier in 1962, a time when people were in fear about missile gaps, Khrushchev and the H-bomb. Vietnam was still a couple of years off the American radar.
It reflects on the protestors and how they shouldn't be blaming the soldiers that fight, but should blame themselves for electing the politicians that let wars escalate.