Reply re: from the news

H-Pol Editor Rob Forbes (
Wed, 12 Jun 1996 09:18:37 -0400

This is going back a bit, but somebody referred to it again not too long
ago. Re Renny's apt remark:

" The irony of a war fought largely by working class Americans against
Vietnamese peasants being used
by a haute couture designer is pretty great."

I seem to remember a truly repellent essay by Tom Wolfe called "Jousting
with Sam and Charlie," about American bomber pilots in the Vietnam war,
which attacked the Vietcong soldiers for their "inevitable black silk
pajamas"--which looked dangerously like justifying the whole brutal air war
against Vietnam on the basis of a negative aesthetic judgment on Vietnamese

Rob Forbes