by John Hawkins | April 20, 2005 11:54 pm
Jane Fonda is a despicable human who betrayed the United States during the Vietnam War. She collaborated with the enemy, made Tokyo Rose-style propaganda broadcasts for them, allowed herself to be pictured stationed at a NVA anti-aircraft artillery launcher, and she denied to the world that US soldiers were being tortured by the Vietcong. Jane Fonda should have been tried for treason and then after being convicted, she should have either been imprisoned or ideally hung.
So, just to make it clear: there’s no love lost between Ms. Fonda and me. That being said: this sort of thing should be condemned even by Americans who quite correctly see Jane Fonda as a traitor:
“Police said they arrested a man for spitting on two-time Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda during a book-signing stop in Kansas City Tuesday night.
…At about 9 p.m., police said 54-year-old Michael A. Smith, who had been waiting in line for about 90 minutes, passed a book to Fonda and then spit a large amount of tobacco juice into her face.
They said Smith then ran away and was taken into custody by off-duty officers, who were providing security for the event.
Fonda declined to prosecute Smith.
A Vietnam veteran, Smith was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, which is a city charge.”
Any Vietnam Vet who detests Jane Fonda has good reason to do so. However, that is not an excuse to spit on her. We are a society of laws and rules and no matter how you feel about a particular individual, you do not have a right to punch him/her in the face, throw a pie at him/her, spit on him/her, or assault him/her in any other way.
Despite the fact that I have infinitely more sympathy for any Vietnam Vet than I do for a Benedict Arnold like Fonda, I sincerely hope the KC police throw the book at Michael Smith. This sort of activity has become way too prevalent of late and it cannot be allowed to continue. Whatever your ideology is, you should be willing to condemn this sort of unprovoked attack because it’s wrong.
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