>> Not to open a hornet's nest, but my comrades and I were certain
>> that cowardice was at the root of the protester's actions.
I think the most likely commonality of most protesters was just an emotional, non-rational desire for non-conformity; the same kind of kids who today are piercing and painting everything and keeping Anne Rice in business. I'm sure there were some who were motivated by cowardice, and I know at least one counterexample to both: my mother, one of the most courageous people I have ever known, who not only protested the war but did so while living on an Air Force base while my father was off fighting it. I think she even made Nixon's enemies list.
Even at the time, without hindsight, some arguments against the war were quite rational. Particularly the argument that if it were indeed a just war, why the limits? Why the secrecy? Why the deception of the public? Any time the government does something covertly, it should be questioned vigorously. I was too young to fight, but I knew many people on both sides who were motivated by honest beliefs, and many on both sides who were motivated by cowardice or ignorance. I don't think either was the "root" of their cause.
(For the sake of evaluating my historical point of view and that of others who may enter this thread, I was born in 1963.)
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