From a reader of my column on Jane Fonda’s “apology” who, for what will quickly become obvious reasons, remained anonymous:
Because someone is anti-war does NOT make them wrong. Making light of the sincere ones only makes you look like an intolerant jerk, which is exactly what many liberals think of conservatives. Unfortunately, they are often correct in the accusation.
I personally oppose *most* war (Few if any of the wars the US was in were necessary), but I am *not* a liberal. In fact, I can’t stand most of them. Nonetheless, Fonda has said that right-wing extremists are just trying to make a bigger deal out of it than in was. I reccommend the article in the Urban Folklore.
The “urban folklore” site he’s referring to is Snopes.com, a popular place that separates fact from fiction on many urban legends, myths, and yes, things that actually occurred (though why this person would point me to a site that debunked himself is beyond me). They list the supposed story, and then list if it’s true or false. Concerning Fonda, there are a couple of false claims, but, here’s the very first listing on Snopes for Jane Fonda:
During a 1972 trip to North Vietnam, Jane Fonda propagandized on behalf of the North Vietnamese government, declared that American POWs were being treated humanely and condemned U.S. soldiers as “war criminals” and later denounced them as liars for claiming they had been tortured: True.
Fonda’s actions were not an “anti war” stance my anonymous friend. That’s a pro war stance taken from the enemy’s position. How someone can justify treason as “anti war” is amazing… and even a “sincere” thing to do on top of it all.
Of course, this note is from the same person who called me an “intolerant jerk” for calling somebody a jerk. Welcome to the “intolerant jerk” club, pal.