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DELUDED IN THE 60'S- AND AGAIN TODAY (english)
07 Mar 2003
VIETNAM VETERANS FOR ACADEMIC REFORM
the student auxiliary at the University of Kansas


John Hughes - Honorary Chairman
C Co., 3rd Marine Reg., 3rd Marine Div.
Recipient - Purple Heart
Two tours of duty - Vietnam

Leonard Magruder - Founder/President
Former professor of psychology, Suffolk College, N.Y.
DELUDED IN THE 60'S- AND AGAIN TODAY
by Leonard Magruder

A phenomenon I personally observed (but which was never mentioned by the
media) at both the Chicago and Houston Vietnam vet parades of the 80's was
people weeping in the streets as they realized how deluded they had been as
an anti-war protestor in the 60's.Vets, some without arms or legs, would stop
to comfort them. As one who often engaged in one-man protests against the
anti-war protests I can tell you that the following is an accurate
description of just how deluded the protestors of that era were. And today's
protestors are even more deluded, and much more dangerous. Here are excerpts
from an an article by Gerald Posner, a 60's antiwar protestor, writing in
FrontPage Magazine.
"The enthusiasm [todays] protests kindled in some seemed strange, for all
they did for me was bring back shameful memories of my own political naivete
thirty years ago.
As a political science major I thought I had all the answers. The North
Vietnamese were merely freedom fighters trying to liberate their country from
the shackles of imperialism. The U.S. war was unjust and being waged against
innocents.
Three decades later I have no pride in the memory of those protests.
Rather I wonder how it was possible to be so mistaken about real politics and
world events. The so-called peace movement had completely deluded itself ,
conveniently ignoring any evidence that countered its agenda. How was it not
possible to have seen that the North was a convenient tool for the Soviet to
bleed the US and that it represented one of the most repressive old-line
communist dictatorships since Stalin ?
Will today's peace protestors eventually feel as foolish as I do ? I think
even more so. Thirty years ago there was never a question of North Vietnam
attacking America or its civilians around the globe. But today's peaceniks,
who seem to be more interested in protecting Saddam than in trying to prevent
the massive loss of life on American soil if terrorists get their hands on
weapons of mass destruction, are playing with much more dangerous
consequences. They are deluding themselves to the post 9/11 realities, and in
so doing , their success would put the country at considerable risk."

David Horowitzs, a 60's anti-war leader who later changed his mind, wrote
recently, "If my comrades in the 60's were to ever pause to consider the
consquences of their actions they would instantly drown in an ocean of blood.
" Wait til you see the ocean these new deluded are going to cause.

If, like myself, you have followed the literature on the Vietnam War from
the beginnning , as in biased and inaccurate antiwar polemics such as "Fire
in the Lake" by Frances Fitzgerald, to the far more accurate, and objective
histories coming out today, such as "Unheralded Victory" by Mark Woodfruff,
"A Better War" by Lewis Sorley, and above all, "Vietnam:The Necessary War",
by Michael Lind, you have seen that what is taught about the Vietnam War at
our universities, except perhaps in R.O.T.C. departments, is nothing but
antiquated self-serving mythology for those who would not serve or supported
the antiwar movement. If the newer works were used ,and they are not, and the
new documentaries shown such as the 4 -part "Long Way Home" and my own "How
the Campus Lied About Vietnam",students would immediately see just how
deluded the 60's protestors were, and how the current crop is making the same
mistakes all over again.

You can find the history of my decades long activism in the 10 part series,
"Vietnam and the Media", at
http://member.aol.com/bear317o/index.htm
Also at this site, recent articles I wrote as President of Vietnam Veterans
for Academic Reform attacking the current anti-war movement. It really is
appalling to see the campus falling into delusion again. LM



Board of Advisors - National
Mr.Richard Kitson - President, Vietnam Veterans of America - Suffolk Chapter
(New York)
Mr. Dennis Garbosky - founder, Vietnam War Historical Society (New York)
Lt. Col. Chuck Allen (ret.) - founder, “National Vietnam Veterans Review�
(North Carolina)
Mr. Ray Gallagher - past Commander, American Legion - Toronto (Canada)
Col. Stanley Horton - former Director, V.V.Leadership- Houston (Texas)
Mr. John Lowe - Commander, Native American Veterans Association (Kansas)
Mr. Roger Young - Co-Editor, “Northwest Veterans Newsletter�, and military
consultant - (Washington)
Mr. Stephen Markley - former Director, V.V.Leadership - Minnesota (Kansas)
Dr. William Beausay - Academic Consultant - psychology (Ohio)
Mr. Steve Hawkins - President, Committee on the Crisis in Education (Kansas)
Mr. Bernie Russo - President, VVA Chapter #484, Editor, VVA Newspaper- Conn.
Edition (Connecticut)
Mr. Joseph P. Larson - Consultant - Computer Science (Kansas)
Beverly Haire - Consultant - POW/MIA issues (Florida)
Mr. Bill Laurie - Academic Consultant - History of Vietnam War (Arizona)
Rev. Lloyd Snodgrass - Academic Consultant -Theology (Kansas)
Past members:
Mr. David Horowitz - President, Center for the Study of Popular Culture
(California)
Mr. Jack O’Brian - President, Vietnam Veterans of America - Long Island
Chapter (New York)
Mr. Michael Capel - Editor, Campus Report, -AIA (Washington)
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