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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 05:32 PM
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23. The anti-war movement was part of the whole social revolution of the time
It started getting violent after 1968. One reason was during the primaries and Democratic Convention when a bunch of thugs were ordered to beat up demonstrators in Chicago. People were objecting to the war because young men were being drafted into a war that eventually killed something like 25,000 American soldiers and probably millions of Vietnamese.

1968 was a very bad year for the entire surge of popular counter-culture movement. It was the year that MLK Jr and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated. 1967 was the year of the Summer of Love which ended when Charles Manson and his group viciously murdered Sharon Tate and others. The mood turned ugly and Woodstock in 1969 pretty much marked the swan song of the popular movement.

Nixon became President in 1969 and escalated the Vietnam war initially and ordered illegal incursions into other countries surrounding Vietnam. His response to the demonstrations was violent, which backfired on him since by that time no one wanted to be drafted into a bloody and meaningless war. People were fighting for their lives by then. He was eventually pressured into negotiating a cease fire with North Vietnam, which I recall seemed to take forever. Then he committed the crimes of ordering a break in to find dirt and secrets about the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office building.
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