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  •  The murders at Kent State changed a nation (1+ / 0-)
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    and what little support for the Vietnam War that was left died that day too.  I remember turning on the TV and learning of it -- and talking to people who until then still clung to the belief that the government couldn't really be lying to its citizens.  Once the news of the students' deaths broke, few believed that the government had a right to stop those fighting against the war.  I pray it will not take another Kent State to stop our misadventures in Iraq.

    -6.75, -5.79

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke

    by edgery on Mon Jun 05, 2006 at 04:14:40 PM PDT

    •  Actually, not true. (1+ / 0-)
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      There was still support for the Vietnam War after Kent State, as well as support for the National Guard for killing the students.

      It's just that that support was somewhere in the 20% range.  Still a lot of people.

    •  something to read (1+ / 0-)
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      you might want to read this diary about the aftermath. And, especially the comments. While Kent State shook up a lot of people, don't forget that the Vietnam War went on for another 3 or 5 years, depending on how you count.

      And there were plenty of people who thought the shooting was not only just fine, but not enough.

      We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

      by kainah on Mon Jun 05, 2006 at 04:48:21 PM PDT

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      •  Prior to Kent State (0+ / 0-)

        Student protests were viewed in a number of ways, all unfriendly, by the majority of Americans.  As one who lived through the Vietnam era and participated in many protests, I remember vividly both the depression that hit the anti-war groups and the resurgence that followed.  I remember the dark days following that day and I remember the growing uneasiness that the government was pressing too hard to make the students the culprits or that the violence and deaths were the inevitable result of the student protests.  Prior to Kent State, the gatherings were often rallies with music and cheering; after Kent State, the anger and determination underlying the protests became more visible and louder.

        I have read the comments here.  I am simply recording my own experience of the time, reflecting my thoughts written at the time.

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        "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke

        by edgery on Tue Jun 06, 2006 at 03:11:34 PM PDT

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