Larry Wines: So, on April 30th, when we think about the fall of Saigon, we should think about the Tonkin Gulf Resolution that set us on the tragic, bloody road that took us there. And we should think about the arrogant decision to invoke “regime change” in Iraq.
The Military Industrial Complex
President Eisenhower warned against the dangers of developing a military industrial complex. It appears that when all you have in your toolbox is hammers, everything looks like a nail. The articles below give a sense of the many ways we use all of the hammers we've invested in.
Ed Rampell: President Obama said he was sorry for drone attack that killed Western hostages – now Uncle Sam must apologize to peace protesters and the Vietnamese.
Robert J. Burrowes: In 1966, the year I turned 14, I decided that I would devote my life to answering two questions: Why are human beings violent? How can this violence be ended?
Murray Polner: I watched in fear as his father ran out of his store on Straus Street and Lott Avenue, crying, yes, crying, and I thought I had never seen a grown man cry in public. “Maybe it’s a mistake, maybe it’s a mistake,” he kept shouting.
Murray Polner: In retrospect, a fearful and angry nation had gone mad. Blacklists, jail terms, a few, but very few, Soviet spies (we had our spies too in Russia), and a shamefully conformist mass media helped scare and silence potential critics.
Larry Wines: One hundred fifty years ago, on April 9, 1865, the Army of Northern Virginia under the command of Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Army of the Potomac under the command of Union General Ulyssess S. Grant.
Murray Polner: No privately employed guards stopped them. No one shouted, “Halt, who goes there?” The three just walked in and awaited the arrival of guards, showing that anyone could do the same.
Lance Simmens: In the eyes of the lunatic fringe evidently Obama is not only a Muslim, Kenyan, and Socialist but also a Nazi sympathizer.
Lawrence Wittner: To heighten the pressure for the abolition of nuclear weapons, nuclear disarmament groups are staging a Peace and Planet mobilization, in Manhattan, on the eve of the NPT review conference.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Is the United States finally accepting responsibility for the devastating ongoing effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam, or is this funding just a way to get USAID in the door to meddle in the country’s affairs as part of Obama’s “Asian Pivot” strategy?
Murray Polner: Sister Megan, Walli, and Boertje-Obed had many inspirational figures in their lives, such as Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement.
Steve Fine: The four galleries in the “Spring ‘67” series reflect the spirit of the times and the activism in the streets just as the antiwar movement was shifting into high gear and the counter-culture aborning.
Lila Garrett: So in the end, we served our purpose. Our permanent war economy was fed, our arms industry thrived, and our concepts of American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny took giant steps forward.