Last weekend's anti-war protests in D.C. drew an observation from a former Vietnam-era prisoner of war who well remembered the protests that raged throughout America during the 1960s and 70s.
Retired Air Force Col. Smitty Harris spent eight years in a North Vietnamese prison while Jane Fonda, John Kerry, and others were leading nationwide anti-war protests at the height of Vietnam.
What did Col. Harris think of the new round of protests? He said they were "anti-American," just as they were during Vietnam.
However, the climate of the country is different today. Baby boomers who were teenagers and young adults and soldiers during Vietnam are now determined the disrespect shown to the military at that time will not happen to this generation of troops.
Col. Harris said:
"It was big news during the Vietnam era when they had these marches ... because people didn't have all the alternative ways of finding out what is true and what's not," he shares. "So I don't think it's going to have a big effect."
In fact, he says, it could even be counterproductive. Today, Harris points out, Americans have talk radio and media outlets like the Fox News Channel to hear the voices of those who do not agree with Jane Fonda's point of view.
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