Thursday, April 07, 2005

et tu, Barbarella?

Jane Fonda has now publicly apologized for her trip to North Vietnam during which the still-controversial photo of her seated on the North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun was taken. Conservative pundits are eagerly taking the opportunity to reach out and slap her around some more over this bit of ancient history.

Why are today's liberals castrating themselves? At the time of the trip and the photograph, Jane Fonda had taken a principled position against an unjust, illegal, and savage war that was sapping American lives unnecessarily. It seems that she has yielded to political pressure and the atmosphere of conservative bluster that pervades our society these days. It's a sad commentary on modern times in our country that somebody has to back away from a stance they took thirty years ago.

Another brave voice has been successfully silenced.

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