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Memoir Set in Vietnam Era Offers Inside History of Anti-War Organizing


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: abuse, americans, congress, constitution, corruption, dishonesty, draft, government, Govtfearmongering, lies, media, military, propaganda, troops, war )

Kit
- 667 days ago - truth-out.org
I was convinced that the ultimate success of the anti-war movement depended on its support in working-class and minority communities, where the war hit hardest in terms of its economic consequences, lives disrupted, and lives lost.



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pam w. (187)
Monday June 18, 2012, 9:00 pm
Those were SUCH difficult times! The nation had never known a truly unpopular war and wasn't prepared for so many protests, open disagreement and celebrities and average citizens speaking out.

The pain of that war is still with us.....every time I see a man of my age with a "hungry veteran'' sign, panhandling for coins, I wonder if he got his drug habit in 'Nam. It ruined many lives....and not just those of the dead and their families.
 

paul m. (93)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 7:07 am

If you diden't go to College, you went to "Nam" and don't forget 58,000 Soldiers died in that war but more were
to die from suicides after.,,and for what..?????
 

Kip Mapes (28)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 7:43 am
Thank You for your service John:-)
 

Arielle S. (313)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 8:05 am
It's always the poorer people who become cannon fodder in wars - I bet if the rich and powerful had to fight, we'd have a lot less of war. We still haven't recovered from Viet Nam and now we get to deal with Iraq and Afghanistan -
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 11:45 am


After WWII, there was Korea, then the build up for Vietnam, like Korea an unfinished left-over from WWII, Granada, Bosnia, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, now Yemen as well. It's just goes on and on. If every person in Congress was forced to take up a uniform, declared war or not, and their sons and daughters had to don a uniform, they just might think twice.

Wasted lives, shattered hopes, all for the war profiteers.
 

pam w. (187)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 11:59 am
Kit, SO MANY TIMES I've thought that wars should ONLY be fought by the "leaders" of those nations. Strip them down to their skivvies, give them a bb gun and send them into an arena!
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 12:03 pm

Sounds like Gladiators-lite, Pam. Through maybe a few stings from the BB gun might shake their senses.
 

Brian M. (142)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 12:07 pm
We might actually have money to repair the roads and bridges if we could ever stay out of war for more than a decade...if at all.
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 12:25 pm

True Brian, but that has not been the American way since...about 1812.
 

pam w. (187)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 12:59 pm
How about ping-pong paddles?
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 1:05 pm

On their back-sides? I'm not much for violence but....these jokers don't seem to respond to anything but money, money and more money. So a swat might get their attention, for a moment till the next check arrives. Why have we allowed for so much corruption?
 

Mary Donnelly (44)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 4:26 pm
Thanks Kit.
 

Susanne R. (248)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 6:54 pm
I wonder how many lives were saved by the efforts of John and Herb Maher and the Boston Draft Resistance Group. What they did was very gutsy and very risky. The fact that they were never turned in by the actual pre-inductees they were attempting to influence during the pre-induction processing sessions they infiltrated speaks volumes. The efforts of these men and the group to which they belonged were nothing short of heroic.
 

Robert Hardy (64)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 6:54 pm
It was a time of strong emotions. A time of hurt. A time of loss. A time of time that can never be recovered when torn away for the simple life to kill and destroy.
 

Dandelion G. (401)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 7:00 pm
Lets all go to Alice's Restaurant
Alice's Restaurant

Then grab a Stop the War Sign, a few torches, and storm the bastille.....I'm tired of millions dying while everyone is trying to play nice.

Yes, I'm in a mood tonight Kit.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 4:16 am
Noted, thanks.
 

John Gregoire (248)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 5:00 am
Not a good time or memories for us Viet Nam vets! Today I am definetly anti-war but back then I was a kid doing his job for this country and treated like crap by the anti-war types of that era.
 

Dandelion G. (401)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 6:03 am
Welcome home John G., welcome home.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 7:03 am

I wonder Dandelion, is any Vietnam veteran very really home? Most of us of the time watched the horrors of this war of choice safe in our homes. Though we had husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, uncles and friends, in the jungles, we did not live the horror. I saw a change in my husband, after 2 years in hell, that would become his final end.
 

Dandelion G. (401)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 7:11 am
In our native circles and at Powwow, we always say "Welcome Home" to any Veteran of any War, but started for the mistreatment of so many of the VietNam Vets. It is the very least we can do, is offer our hand and state those words. If a Veteran opens up more to us after that, we always take the time to listen, offer hugs, food, and a place to lay their head for the short time. If we can do a more extended service we do so. As you know, most in the native communities have little themselves, but we offer what we can, even if it is a handshake, hug, and the simple words to their ears. For many Veterans the last thing they heard when they said they had served was as John G mentioned, treated like crap, we want to not have that be the last thing they recall from having served. It might be a small gesture but we try to show our brothers and now our sisters that someone has tried to welcome them back.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 8:29 am

That was not a criticism, Dandelion. Though I am firmly against these wars of adventure for the profit of the few. I will continue to give my time to help out veterans in VA hospitals, buy some food for those I see shipping out, reach out to shake the hand of anyone in uniform. I don't support the governmental policies, I do support those who sacrifice their youth because they believe in the existence of this county.

During Vietnam the few that could afford college could obtain deferments, those who could not were shipped off to war. Others did join, my husband did so because he absolutely believed that the Gulf of Tonkin was real and posed a lingering threat to our society. The day after college graduation he signed up and became a part of the Army Special Forces.

So of course we must give them a welcome home, with arms wide open. To include all benefits of health care to last a life time.
 

Dandelion G. (401)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 9:58 am
I know it wasn't Kit, I just wanted to explain what I meant by Welcome Home. In fact with the way things are going for us all, this Country doesn't feel like home to many of us anymore.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 10:01 am

That's a sad but real truth.
 
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