I was very much alive in 1970 and I find the article’s comparison to be appropriate-—you see a difference?
I was also alive in 1970, and I find the comparison insulting. Yes, some of the victims at Kent State were innocent, but some had harrassed the troops, and were threatening them. The Guardsmen overreacted, but they were not full-time Federal troops, either. Neda was killed in cold blood by a sniper on a rooftop, not by scared kids being stoned and threatened by hundreds of Weathermen and SDS anarchists. See the difference?
There’s no comparison between the two.
Tell us what election had been overturned in the U.S., that the Kent State students were protesting against.
Universities across the nation had offices occupied and buildings torched. Banks were torched. Kent state was just another in a series of protests orchestrated by communist funded and sympathizing agencies in the United States.
Who is funding the protests in Iran? U.S. sympathizers?
The National Guard at Kent State was trying to prevent more destruction.
What you had was a bunch of out of control imbecilic students and some under trained National Guard troops who didn’t know how to quell civil protests adequately.
Were there orders from the federal government to shoot the students? Where there orders to drop acid on them from helicopters? Was the media prevented from reporting on the situation?
You really need to pull your head out.
The guardsmen had been on a week of 24/7 duty at a prison riot before their arrival in eastern Ohio. What happened that day was tragic and absolutely inexcusable but it was not the thought of the mayor of Kent, Gov Rhodes, or Pres. Nixon to use deadly force to destroy a protest movement. If the Basji are not operating with instructions from the Supreme Leader then there may be a distant comparison between Tehrah and Kent, but you and I both know whom the Basji work for.
Most of the fire was directed over the heads of the rioters. Unfortunately, some students who were evacuating to escape the riots became casualties as they were loading their cars in a parking lot on a rise opposite the Guard's position.
The video record seen nationally and rebroadcast to this day was heavily edited. For some reason the networks, and CBS in particular, showed footage that made the Guard to appear to be the aggressor.
Local television (I lived in the Cleveland area at the time) showed a lot more footage of the rioters and their unwarranted violence. When the shooting occurred, our reaction was —”It's about time!”
Unfortunately, the Communist rioters and their duped followers only grew stronger after this event — in no small part due to the warped coverage by Walter Cronkite and other Communist sympathizers in the dominating media.
What's going on is official gov't policy. I.e. the government over there is ordering violent suppression.
What happened at Kent State was NOT ordered by the White House. It was one isolated incident. Exacerbated, I might add, by communists students accusing the Gov't falsely. The students in Iran, however, are agitating for true freedom.
The attempt to overturn a brutal and oppressive dictatorship in Iran is comparable with enemy-led protests of America's efforts to free millions of South Vietnamese from communist oppression and brutality?
Here's a link to a must-read article on the event, from a non-left-wing biased source:
Proof to Save the Guardsmen
by Alan Stang