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kainah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-30-06 08:01 PM
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3. the fires of fear were amply stoked
I believe there were a number of people who had absolutely no interest in handling the situation without violence. They wanted the confrontation they got because they wanted "these kids (to) learn what law and order is all about" -- a quote you'll see in the May 4 recitation of events -- and the Nixon administration wanted to scare the students into shutting up about the Vietnam War. And, sadly, many other adults of that era thought the same and we're glad that someone taught "those kids" a lesson. Strangely, many parents (including my own) never stopped to consider that their kids were out there organizing and protesting, too.

You're right to be scared of it happening again. I'm quite sure it will happen again and I just hope that people will read their history and use it to be mindful of how these events are orchestrated so they can see the signals.
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