08 February 2007

Spitting on soldiers

A response to the claim that stories of people spitting on soldiers during the Vietnam era are apocryphal, with a wealth of evidence that this disgusting behavior did indeed happen.

Not related, but here's a rather friendlier greeting, from people who have much more at stake.

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Blogger The Barefoot Bum said...

Barbara O'Brien has something to say on this issue:

Righties can’t let go of the stories about antiwar protesters spitting on soldiers during the Vietnam era...

[S]ociologist [Jerry Lembcke] did not, I believe, claim that no antiwar protester ever spit on a soldier. His research focused on a particular spitting narrative...

[The Right has constructed a] false dichotomy that in those days the Left was antiwar and anti-military and hated the troops, and the Right was prowar and pro-military and supported the troops. It wasn’t that simple. For one thing, as the war turned sour many hawks blamed the soldiers for being slackers and drug addicts...

Further, as the war continued the enlistees were increasingly against the war themselves...

In any event, by 1970-71 or so it was the returning veterans themselves keeping the antiwar movement alive...

08 February, 2007 17:25  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

The question was whether or not this particular form of disgusting behavior did or did not happen. If it's conceded that it did, that answers the question. Treating returning veterans that way was and is unforgivable, regardless of whether somebody is trying to "focus" on a "narrative" or otherwise move the goalposts.

09 February, 2007 03:05  

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