Historical roots of the modern anti war movement

The letter written by U.S. senator and Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern to editors of various legacy media prompted one of his ex-sympathizers to reminisce about the history of such view in the US and the results of taking heed of such views.

This campaign [McGovern 1972] was the seed of the antiwar movement of Vietnam, and thus of the political Left’s influence over the post-Vietnam foreign policy of the Democratic Party. The Wallace campaign marked an exodus of the anti-American Left from the Democratic Party; the movement that opposed America’s war in Vietnam marked its return. … The Left that wants America to throw in the towel in Iraq is hypersensitive to questions about its loyalties but at the same time can casually refer to our presence in Iraq as an “invasion and occupation.” It wants to use the language of morality, but it only wants the standard to apply in one direction. There is no one-dimensional standard, and a politics of surrender is not a politics of peace. [David Horowitz. The McGovern Syndrome. FrontPageMagazine.com. 27 December 2004]

We have seen what happens when we do not stand for the values that made the US a power that has become a target for the envy of others. Maybe it is time that the US does stand forth with its vision and does not withdraw as it did in Vietnam.

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