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Post Antiwar Protests: Then and Now
Created by John Eipper on 10/17/19 8:12 AM

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Antiwar Protests: Then and Now (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 10/17/19 8:12 am)

Speaking of the anti-Vietnam war protests at Stanford and elsewhere, I assume that probably some US WAISers participated in these protests in the late 1960s and early '70s.

By now I wonder if they have changed their minds about their attitudes, considering the following developments.

At that time the Vietnam war was in defense of an ally attacked mainly by communist forces.

My favorite actress Jane Fonda even went to the other side of the front to show support for the enemy.

She should have been jailed for treason. Instead she was arrested on fake accusations of drug trafficking.

After the Vietnam war we had many other wars, silly but devastating with many refugees arriving in Italy.

The Empire classified these wars as humanitarian, to bring democracy and so on. In reality they were only self-defeating regime-change wars and no big protest has been seen.

In reference to betraying an ally, we should address the situation of the Kurds. The US forces have been ordered to leave in a hurry. At least one of their bases has remained intact, with tents with air conditioning and even some personal effects. These are a nice present for the new Russian occupiers.

JE comments:  Eugenio Battaglia raises an uncomfortable question:  is there any difference between US involvement in Vietnam then...and Syria now?  More uncomfortably, is the liberal outrage at Trump for abandoning our Kurdish allies hypocritical, given their correligionists' demands 50 years ago to abandon the South Vietnamese?

So--will the Russians have nice new quarters?  I have heard about US forces bombing some of the abandoned facilities.

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