Skip to comments.Myths Of '68 (Thomas Sowell)
Posted on 01/08/2008 6:43:44 PM PST by jazusamo
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Thomas Sowell hits a Grand Slam!
Maybe.. Sirhan Sirhan doesn't look to my eyes as an Iranian name but whatever... To name him as an Iranian is to go against everything the country's government (the Shah et al) and the people (I rely on multiple accounts) stood for at the time.
It is my understanding from reading about it years ago he was an Iranian but I don’t believe it reflected on the Iranian government.
The sixties turned me into a conservative.
Actually, Sirhan is a Palestinian, still taking up valuable space in a California jail cell. His date with the executioner was commuted to life with the possibility of parole.
Hey, even the great ones like Sowell make an error once in awhile.
You are correct, he was a Palestinian.
At about 12:15 am on June 5, 1968, Sirhan Sirhan shot presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Kennedy, who was leaving a campaign rally, was mortally wounded and died the next day. (Kennedy’s death came just two months after the assassination of Martin Luther King by James Earl Ray.) Sirhan was an Arab who had emigrated to the United States in the 1950s and was reportedly disturbed by Kennedy’s pro-Israel positions. After a 1969 trial lasting nearly four months, Sirhan was convicted and sentenced to death. That sentence was commuted to life in prison and Sirhan has been in prison in California ever since; his repeated applications for parole have been denied.
Actually Sirhan is an Arab, not a Persian. Most uneducated Westerners insist that Persians are Arabs, when they are not.
thats my kinda sowell food
I was with the First Marine Regiment in Vietnam at this particular time. We kicked the communists out of Hue, and when Walter Kronkite came to town when the war was over we offered to show him the mass graves that were the product of a massacre which the communists perpetrated in anticipation of an uprising in their favor which did not come to pass.
In operations in the surrounding area immediately afterward, the evidence that the commies were on the ropes was everywhere. We went where we wanted and when we wanted to. When we were shelled, most of the time the incoming did not explode, because no one was left in their units who knew enough to put the fuses on the rounds and rockets.
We won the war at that time but it was stolen from us. And anyone who could look at the little tigers of Asia who so prospered economically since Vietnam and contrast their success with Vietnam’s backwardness would easily see that if Vietnam had been allowed to take the capitalist rather than the communist route, it would have been a major success instead of a retard among Asian nations.
If there was one merit to the late sixties it was this: the men were separated from the girlie boys, and although it looked for a while like the girlie boys might prevail, reality set in after a few years, and the odds and sods have been declining in influence where it actually counts ever since.
I was heartened to learn recently that McSumpthin’, the little anti-vietnam wimp who ran for president and lost just about every state, was still alive. Until I found out where he was, I did not know exactly in which direction to fart, and a fart is a terrible thing to waste.
Thanks for that “Brief History” Digger. I believe that’s when and where the Democratic Party lost(sold) its soul to the radical left. David Horowitz gave some very interesting insight into the people who insitgated the riots that ensued there in his book “Radical Son.”
I remember Cronkite’s nightly broadcasts well, I disliked him then and probably come closer to hating him now than anyone. I really do consider him a traitor.
Wait just a darn minute. I was born in 68 and have been led to believe that the hippies and the protesters and the rioters have changed the world for the better. Shoot, they single-handedly won the Vietnam war, created equality among all peoples and reformed the American political process. If you watch enough TV you would know that every great achievement of the last 40 years can be chalked up to flower children.
Thank you for your service and your recollection.
WALTER CRONKITE’s 1968 TV declaration that we had lost the Vietnam War,
...while college students HILLARY RODHAM & WILLIAM CLINTON were busy supporting a Communist terrorist victory over a then Free South Vietnam,
horridly brought down upon a once Free South Vietnamese people ..a:
..”JOURNEY from the FALL”..
Now that our own Freedom is directly at stake here at home in a new time of war in a new century...
...what horrid fate awaits us, the still Free, when the Anti-Freedom RODHAM-CLINTON Team re-enter our precious Oval Office one last time..?
(A WALTER CRONKITE who is backing that same RODHAM-CLINTON Team’s Oval Office re-entry,
...went to a year 2000 London World Conference to declare that it was time for America’s 11 Southern States to secede from the Union ...as covered by AP at the time.)
Signed:..A witness to the times & Veteran of the 1st Major Battles for Freedom of the Vietnam War 1965-66
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