Many Vietnam Vets were Red as a Baboon's Ass (was Re: [Marxism] ISO: "For a Mass, Non-Exclusionary Antiwar Movement"
Carlos A. Rivera
cerejota at optonline.net
Mon May 16 19:31:03 MDT 2005
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From: "Louis Proyect" <lnp3 at panix.com>
> But the movement did not hold the troops accountable. Unless you are
> talking about the SDS Weathermen, but they were not much of a movement by
And even themselves counted upon many veterans as part of their military
The truth is that the single most significant anti-imperialist force in the
late 60s and early 70s in the USA (and in Puerto Rico) were vietnam
veterans. All those trained, newly radicalized demolitions experts, snipers
and battle scarred grunts bore the bulk of the major urban uprisings, in
particular within the black community (The BPP had A LOT of veterans).
So even then Louis, the example is a bad one.
Whoever blames the warrior for the war is shooting the message and not the
messenger. Hell, let me use your pet peeve, just for the sake of it, the
freaking Bolsheviks organized Soldier's soviets, from units of the Czarist
Socialist when engaged in combat are impecable with the enemy, but have been
historically the forces that have pursued a clear
I guess Stan Goff testifies to a more recent example in his book on Haiti.
The Haitian left was much more important in his radicalization than his
simple sense of decent guilt at the crimes he commited while a soldier.
ps My dad was in the Navy (Pacific Fleet) between 1966 and 1969. He didn't
serve in Vietnam, but the Artic. He was lucky. But it was the little red
cafes in the streets of San Diego that made him a commie.
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