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DaveSZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:33 AM
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John Kerry, veteran in conflict
http://www.latimes.com/features/printedition/magazine/l...

Veteran in Conflict


By Gerald Nicosia
Arguably the most telling piece of information in the FBI files on Sen. John F. Kerry is his speech at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on Sept. 30, 1971. He was at the height of his success as a spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War, a motley, grass-roots group of about 20,000 war veterans trying to bring an immediate end to the Vietnam War.

Although the peace movement comprised hundreds of groups, this veterans organization caught the nation's attention that year with a series of actions in Washington, D.C. Millions watched televised images of long-haired, angry veterans in fatigues, many bearing scars or missing limbs, throwing their medals over a wire-mesh fence at the Capitol. Another image that stood out was of a ruggedly handsome young Navy veteran with a Silver Star, Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Vietnam War was an abomination, continued for the vanity of politicians while taking American and Southeast Asian lives for no good reason. That speech made Kerry a national figure, and he began speaking around the country. The FBI documents reveal that he earned as much as $1,200 plus expenses for a single appearancea substantial amount in 1971.

Long before the era of PCs, the Internet and digital text, Kerry's comments would have been lost to posterity had not the FBI been recording themsometimes with a tape recorder, sometimes in notes and sometimes by pulling newspaper clippings. The Kerry who emerges from those files is a man far less guarded than the candidate we know todaya man experiencing a visible conflict between head and heart. "My 10 years of political consciousness in America is very wrapped up in gravestones," he told the 200 students at the Las Vegas campus. "These are the gravestones of John and Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, the Kent State students, the men of Attica and the other 53,000 brothers in Vietnam."


Here he was, a New England Brahmin educated at Yale and St. Paul's School, coaxed by class, culture and schooling to avoid emotional expression, telling students he couldn't get dead people out of his headand not just the Kennedys and the civil rights leaders, but also American students killed by a government suppressing dissent; prisoners and guards shot in a massive fusillade to quell a rebellion at New York's Attica prison; and every American soldier who had lost his life in the Vietnam War.

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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:42 AM
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1. For that the Wing-nuts hate him
It is not "Manly" to think of the dead and have remorse.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:49 AM
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2. Anyone that speaks with clarity and serenity and equanimity
like Clinton or Kerry the right wing loves to hate.

They like idiots that they can control, like the one we saw last night.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:28 AM
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4. it should be an insult to "regular guys"
when the fool is seen as a "regular guy" for coming off as an ignorant idiot. he is not a regular guy. he is an idiot.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:03 AM
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3. what's the Attica prison thing about ?
i don't think i have ever heard or read about it.
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truthspeaker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:32 AM
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5. Attica prison riot; early 1970s
A bunch of inmates rioted and took hostages. After a long standoff, authorities resolved the situation by shooting all the prisoners they could, rioters and hostages alike.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 11:42 AM
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6. who were the hostages ?
other prisoners ? and was there a way to deal with it without them shooting everyone they did ?
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