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- Op-Ed: A forgotten hero stopped the My Lai massacre 50 years ago today
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- How the Vietnam War Empowered the Hippie Movement - HISTORY
- How the Vietnam War Empowered the Hippie Movement
Genuine power is the right use of strength. Our arrogance can be our doom. It can bring the curtains down on our national drama. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. A fifth casualty of the war in Viet Nam is the principle of dissent. An ugly repressive sentiment to silence peace-seekers depicts … persons who call for a cessation of bombings in the north as quasi-traitors, fools or venal enemies of our soldiers and institutions.
Free speech and the privilege of dissent and discussion are rights being shot down by bombers in Viet Nam. When those who stand for peace are so vilified it is time to consider where we are going and whether free speech has not become one of the major casualties of the war ….
Nothing can be more destructive of our fundamental democratic traditions than the vicious effort to silence dissenters. This war has created the climate for greater armament and further expansion of destructive nuclear power. One of the most persistent ambiguities that we face is that everybody talks about peace as a goal.
Op-Ed: A forgotten hero stopped the My Lai massacre 50 years ago today
Many men cry peace! The large power blocs of the world talk passionately of pursuing peace while burgeoning defense budgets that already bulge, enlarging already awesome armies, and devising even more devastating weapons ….
The stages of history are replete with the chants and choruses of the conquerors of old who came killing in pursuit of peace. Alexander, Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, and Napoleon were akin in their seeking a peaceful world order, a world fashioned after their selfish conceptions of an ideal existence. Each sought a world at peace which would personify their egotistic dreams. Even within the life-span of most of us, another megalomaniac strode across the world stage.
He sent his blitzkrieg-bent legions blazing across Europe, bringing havoc and Holocaust in his wake. There is grave irony in the fact that Hitler could come forth, following the nakedly aggressive expansionist theories he revealed in Mein Kampf , and do it all in the name of peace.
So when I see in this day the leaders of nations similarly talking peace while preparing for war, I take frightful pause. When I see our country today intervening in what is basically a civil war, destroying hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese children with napalm, leaving broken bodies in countless fields … when I see the recalcitrant unwillingness of our government to create the atmosphere for a negotiated settlement of this awful conflict by halting bombings in the north and agreeing to talk with the Vietcong—and all this in the name of pursuing the goal of peace—I tremble for our world.
In light of all this, I say that we must narrow the gaping chasm between our proclamations of peace and our lowly deeds which precipitate and perpetuate war. The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
How much longer must we play at deadly war games before we heed the plaintive pleas of the unnumbered dead and maimed of past wars? President John F.
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There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force, but the destructive power of modern weapons eliminates even the possibility that war may serve as a negative good. If we assume that life is worth living and that man has a right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war. In a day when vehicles hurtle through outer space and guided ballistic missiles carve highways of death through the stratosphere, no nation can claim victory in war.
A so-called limited war will leave little more than a calamitous legacy of human suffering, political turmoil, and spiritual disillusionment.
A world war—God forbid! So if modern man continues to flirt unhesitatingly with war, he will transform his earthly habitat into an inferno such as even the mind of Dante could not imagine. I do not wish to minimize the complexity of the problems that need to be faced in achieving disarmament and peace. But I think it is a fact that we shall not have the will, the courage and the insight to deal with such matters unless in this field we are prepared to undergo a mental and spiritual re-evaluation …. I speak out against it not in anger but with anxiety and sorrow in my heart, and above all with a passionate desire to see our beloved country stand as a moral example of the world.
I speak out against this war because I am disappointed with America. There can be no great disappointment where there is no great love …. America must continue to have, during these days of human travail, a company of creative dissenters. We need them because the thunder of their fearless voices will be the only sound stronger than the blasts of bombs and the clamor of war hysteria. Those of us who love peace must organize as effectively as the war hawks.
As they spread the propaganda of war we must spread the propaganda of peace. We must combine the fervor of the civil rights movement with the peace movement. We must demonstrate, teach and preach, until the very foundations of our nation are shaken. We must work unceasingly to lift this nation we love to a higher destiny, to a new plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humane-ness …. All the world knows that America is a great military power. We need not be diligent in seeking to prove it. We must now show the world our moral power. There is an element of urgency in our re-directing American power.
We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. All works by Martin Luther King Jr. Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. Revson Foundation. Jesse Watters regularly reads messages from his mother aloud on air, exemplifying a political rift present in many American households. Last February, on a Tuesday-evening television broadcast, the conservative political commentator Jesse Watters opined on several topics that reliably hold his attention and that of the other four panelists on the Fox News roundtable talk show The Five.
Wright is one of those thinkers who fall into a binary: Either people have never heard of him, or they believe him to be one of the most influential figures of our time. Democracy depends on the consent of the losers. For most of the 20th century, parties and candidates in the United States have competed in elections with the understanding that electoral defeats are neither permanent nor intolerable.
How the Vietnam War Empowered the Hippie Movement - HISTORY
The losers could accept the result, adjust their ideas and coalitions, and move on to fight in the next election. Ideas and policies would be contested, sometimes viciously, but however heated the rhetoric got, defeat was not generally equated with political annihilation.
The stakes could feel high, but rarely existential. In recent years, however, beginning before the election of Donald Trump and accelerating since, that has changed. To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app. Acting U. I first met him 21 years ago, and now our relationship is the subject of a new movie. He trusted me when I thought I was untrustworthy, and took an interest in me that went beyond my initial interest in him.
He was the first person I ever wrote about who became my friend, and our friendship endured until he died. And yet the movie, called A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood , seems like a culmination of the gifts that Fred Rogers gave me and all of us, gifts that fit the definition of grace because they feel, at least in my case, undeserved. Skip to content. Sign in Subscribe. The Atlantic Crossword.
How the Vietnam War Empowered the Hippie Movement
The Print Edition. Latest Issue Past Issues. Martin Luther King Jr. Story by Martin Luther King Jr. The Senate conferred its approval by a vote of 88—2. Some members expressed misgivings about the measure, but in the end, Democratic Senators Wayne Morse of Oregon and Ernest Gruening of Alaska cast the only nay votes. By , the rationale for what had become a costly U. With opposition to the war mounting, a movement to repeal the resolution—which war critics decried as having given the Johnson administration a " blank check "—began to gather steam.
An investigation by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee revealed that Maddox had been on an electronic intelligence collection mission off the North Vietnamese coast. Naval Communication Center in the Philippine Islands, in reviewing ships' messages, had questioned whether any second attack had actually occurred.