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  •  Exactly how "serious" was the "civilian (0+ / 0-)

    pressure to end war" in the late 1960's and early 1970's.  I was in the thick of the anti- war movement for several of those years, and I didn't notice any overwhelming civilian support at the time, even in NYC where I lived then--certainly not significantly greater that the opposition to the Iraq war at equivalent times.  

          True, there was greater opposition among draft-age civilians, and that opposition got enormous publicity, especially when it became violent or, as happened much more frequently, when the attempts to suppress it became violent.  But anybody closely involved in that opposition will admit how small its power and influence were.

          I would also submit that a great deal of the civilian anti-war sentiment at the time came from revulsion toward the prospect of nuclear war rather than from opposition to the draft: see the Cuban crisis, "Strangelove," "War Games,"
    "Seven Days in May," "On the Beach," etc., etc.   Anxiety and horror regarding nuclear war pervaded popular culture in the '60's.  Or maybe I'm just projecting--the insanity of MAD certainly had as much to do with my becoming involved in anti-war work as did the prospect of my being drafted to fight a war I thought immoral.

    "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." -- M. Twain

    by Oliver St John Gogarty on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:05:30 PM PDT

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