Peace, love, exams--U.S. anti-war movement quieter than in 1970





KENT, Ohio (Reuters) - Jerry M. Lewis has seen anti-war protests at their mightiest and most tragic. As a faculty peace marshal in 1970, he saw Ohio National Guardsmen kill four students at Kent State University during a protest against the Vietnam War.

Today, the sociology professor sees little anti-war sentiment at the liberal arts school. Iraq, he says, is a different war than Vietnam, in one big way.

"It's a pretty short explanation: D-R-A-F-T," Lewis said. "We've segregated the war. It's nasty, it's sad ... but it's 'over there.'"

Critics of President Bush have compared the bleak and bloody war in Iraq with the U.S. failure in Vietnam a generation ago, but the flower-power peace movement that marked the Vietnam era is mostly a memory.

The lack of a draft has kept the war at arm's length from most Americans, though polls show a majority believe the United States should leave Iraq -- sentiment that helped Democrats win control of Congress in November.


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DeWayne Edward Benson - 12/22/2006

Actually I agree with 99.9% of your assessment of the anti-war movement, except that its has not gone silent, it has gone high tech.
Perhaps the greatest freedom Americans have today is not in the laws and Constitution that has been effectively sidelined with new dictitorial powers for our shadow-gov. Americas new core of political movement is within the very Astroturf PSYOPS that our Corp/Gov now uses.
Trusted Citizen Activist internet operations are becoming well know to citizens who can identify the fake Corp/Gov astroturf.
My suggestion to all Americans, if you want to salvage some part of this nation, first find out who and where to find these (real) Citizen Activist groups. Today I would guess that only one in ten-thousand are legitimate.