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  •  thanks, willy! i have at least 5-6 more of these (2+ / 0-)
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    willyr, Spirit of Life

    planned (or at least imagined), including ones on troops and vets, the impact on congress and electoral politics, the changes in campus policy over the following years, and an overall estimation of what was gained and what wasn't..

    •  Gregg Lange, author of War and Pizza, linked above (2+ / 0-)
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      Princeton has no Vietnam memorial book to display proudly. In contrast, inconspicuously located next to the Chapel is a jarring sculpture of Abraham and Isaac, originally created by George Segal as a memorial to be placed at Kent State. It was too effective a symbol ever to be installed there, so it resides with us.

      It’s difficult to sit watching – live! – the televised (Good? Bad?) Iraq war with a piece of designer pizza in Frist and consider these things. You’d like to think the immeasurable suffering of the 20th century – its impact even on places so intentionally removed as Princeton – would have given us wisdom as well as knowledge. Watching the watchers of the giant TV wall, however, leaves doubts. You’d like to think brilliant 20-year-olds would grasp the import of government acting in their name with the bodies of their contemporaries as pawns; but even a Princetonian poll done in wartime reflected fragmented and somehow pallid opinions. A few students demonstrated on Palmer Square in favor of the war; a few more demonstrated against it. The Class of ’03 submitted its theses. No class members will be drafted, probably ever. How many will try to reform the government, or volunteer to defend the nation? How many will remain embedded with Iraq only via satellite?

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:03:44 AM PDT

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