Skip to comments.VietNam Veterans Against The War Part One: 1967 to 1975
Posted on 10/02/2004 12:58:31 PM PDT by edfrank_1998
Finally the Chief of police for D.C. said he was not going to arrest any more vets. Hurrah for our side. Then at the end in a very solomn and emotional display, these same vets threw their medals, discharge papers or parts of their uniforms over a fence and onto the steps of the U.S. Capitol. We are the ones who fought for you, we are the ones you lied to, now take back your awards, and to hell with you and your war! This, folks, was not what the government was looking for in the way of P.R. image in 1971, 1,500 veterans saying, Stick it, gov., where the sun don't shine! VVAW then moved to a new position of government outlook. In one fell swoop, VVAW became, in the eyes of the government, a serious danger and threat to the U.S. government and social order, right behind the Black Panther Party, and Weather-Underground (Weathermen). Gee, isn't it nice to be noticed for your achievements. Now the fun started, OK little boys you want to play hard ball, try on the F.B.I. and see how that fits. (James McCord of the Nixon plumbers, during the Warergate hearings in `73, when asked why he got involved in that mess, replied,"Because of the danger from VietNam Veterans Against The War". I saw this live on TV.) With the F.B.I involved, sending in agents, provocateurs, and infiltrators, the scenerio went from nuts to surreal. At the same time, the left was trying to court VVAW for its own exploitation. VVAW was, from the veiwpoint of the radical left, to become the vangaurd of the revolution. I even had one leftist meathead tell me that it made sense to him. Nam vets were, after all, highly trained killers; who better to lead the masses in the glorious proletariate revolution against the capitalist, pig running dogs? Oh, he did not mean as in politically or from a leadership position. He meant from the position of point man in the trenches. We vets were not politically astute enough to make decisions, leave that to the people with Marxism on their side.
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