So I wrote to Noam Chomsky, fowarding him an 800 word essay I crafted for a contest for The Nation.
The essay “Withdrawal” was the product of a lot of collected conclusions about the Iraq War, my response to a prompt regarding the most important issue for young people in the 2008 United States Election. My hope is to win a ton of bragging rights and a thousand bucks. I would like to flash it on “Spectacle Monopolized,” but any hope of keeping good terms with The Nation‘s editorial or legal team means that I must waste some good copy’s possible public exposure until futher notice. However, Dr. Noam Chomsky got a sneak preview. The following is what he sent back:
Thanks for sending. Very well put. On the higher level of opposition today than in the 60s, you’re quite right. Opposition did grow in the 60s, but it took a long time, and only really became significant when the US attack on Indochina — which is what it should be called — reached a far higher level of intensity than the Iraq war today, awful as it is.
One side comment. The “baby-killer” story is mostly propaganda. It might have happened here and there, but if so, it was quite a marginal phenomenon. There has been some scholarship trying to track it down, but without much success. It mostly reduces to “I heard that….” In reality, the anti-war movement was highly supportive of soldiers. That’s why there were GI coffee houses near bases, and many other supportive actions. Activists were opposing the civilian leadership, just like now