We cannot trust the ‘best and brightest’ to have the answers any more than students trusted their pedigreed elders 50 years ago.
[The following remarks, provided to The Rag Blog in advance, will be included in a speech that Tom Hayden will deliver tonight, Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at Angell Hall on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, on the lessons of Vietnam for Iraq. Angell Hall was the site of the first Vietnam teach-in in 1965.]
ANN ARBOR, Michigan — I am joining many peace groups around America in expressing opposition to the escalation of the Iraq War into a quagmire that is likely to be costly in lives, tax dollars, and our tarnished reputation.
Ann Arbor is the place, along with Berkeley, where the young American peace movement demanded a teach-in, an end to campus business as usual, an end to intellectual conformity, and congressional hearings as we confronted the growing horror of the Vietnam War.