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?
This story was never fully reported or investigated, and the SDS may have had more to do with the death at Kent State than the Guardsmen.
I was alive and in Ohio at the time. My Dad had been a National Guardsman in the 60’s.
I remember my mother saying that the protesters had be threatening the National Guard troops, as you say.
The other thing about this is that NONE of the Protesters at Kent State did not have the option to walk away and go home untouched. If they did not protest there, they went on in their day to day lives.
The Iranians at this point go home to a good chance of being pulled out of their homes and killed in the streets.
No comparison at all.
Well said by the both of you.
I was an adult at the time and anarchists were attempting the takeover of our campuses because of the Vietnam War.
I agree.. there is a big difference. I was a KSU grad & out of there just a short time when this event exploded at Kent.
The SDSers were very rude when I was there.. bold, brass, obnoxious and that is when they werent high... & when I read the accounts & recall what they were like stoned, I could see them pushing the limits to inexperienced National Guardsmen.
Neda... her life & its message in death if very profound. She will make a difference, not as she had planned but as fate has provided