Anti-War Protests
Sun, 6 Apr 1997 15:39:29 -0400

In a message dated 97-04-03 22:09:19 EST, you write:

] As a teen-ager in the mid-to-late sixties I was at times confused as to
] whether the anti-war movement was anti-war period or anti-Vietnam war.
] There was a lot of talk about "Love" and also enthusiasm for
] anti-imperialist guerillas. It was only later that I realized that there
] were many different groupings within the counter-culture. (I don't even
] if politics fits in that category at all.)
] Michael Kelemen
] Toronto, Canada

>>>> I can only speak for myself Michael. I was active in the Anti-War
movement myself during the 60's and I was a "selective Concientious Objector"
based on religious grounds. . . I was not a pacifist then, or now,
but very close to it. In the mid-60's I was a teen too. . . I was very vocal
in my "Political Forum" class at an all boys, Roman Catholic H.S. where it
was not popular to be anti-war. In fact, I was voted "most likely to
succeed. . . . . Mario Savio" at UCBerkely in the Protest movement by my high
school class. I read I.F. Stone's Bi-Weekly which gave me lots of inside
info. into the inner-workings and machinations of the D.C. elite who were
lying through their collective teeth to keep us enmeshed in Vietnam and it
turned my stomach. Although I had a 2-S deferment (the last group to get
them), I very nearly emigrated to Canada because I was so reviled by what we
had done in Vietnam and wanted no part of it.
- Charles McCoy

Having just come back from doing a 'tour' in Berkley,
while the 'healing wall' was there, I fear that folks
are still not at all sure what they feel about being
'anti-war' and what it really means.

>>>>>>>> I had no idea there was such a thing as a "healing wall". . . .
Lord knows we all need one. . . .I believe that the Viet Nam era was the
closest thing we have had to a second "Civil War" and that the wounds
of the era have not yet been healed.. . .in fact, far from it.
- Charles McCoy
Mt. Hermon, CA