Monday, April 17, 2006

Jane Fonda Declines to Protest about Iraq. Thank God!

From Atlanta on network television this morning, some time actress Jane Fonda said she would have liked to tour the country and speak out against American involvement in Iraq. However, she thinks her controversial activities during the Vietnam War leave her with ''too much baggage.''

I’ll say. Her “baggage” is the size of a hundred steamer trunks. I wouldn’t think any antiwar activists would want her on the same continent. She indulged in traitorous behavior during the Vietnam War.

''I wanted to do a tour like I did during the Vietnam War, a tour of the country,'' the Oscar-winning actress said this morning on ABC's Good Morning America. “But then Cindy Sheehan filled in the gap, and she is better at this than I am. I carry too much baggage.''

Sheehan’s soldier son, Casey, died in Iraq in 2004 and she has become a leading anti-war figure.

Fonda said that during a recent national book tour, Iraqi war opponents, including Vietnam veterans, asked her to speak out. Other Vietnam War veterans spit in her face on that tour.

Because of that “baggage” she carries, the Georgia Senate in March overwhelmingly rejected a resolution honoring Fonda, an Atlanta resident, for her work preventing teen pregnancy, donations to universities and other charities. They know she can’t buy her way out of what she did.

Her political activities protesting the Vietnam War, including a trip to North Vietnam in 1972 where she sat pertly on a North Vietnamese anti aircraft gun, have long made her a target of veterans.

I actually saw Fonda in person in 1962 in a Broadway play. I can’t remember the title of it, but it was a comedy starring Celeste Holm, Fonda and James McArthur (the Danno of “Book ‘em, Danno” on TVs Hawaii Five-O). I saw her come out the stage door after the show wearing a hat with a brim the size of a flying saucer. Anyone near her could have been decapitated by that hat.

She is an exhibitionist. Always has been. To keep her name in the papers, that’s really why she took her traitorous trip to North Vietnam and protested that war. She is the last person you’d want within miles of a serious Iraqi War discussion or antiwar demonstration.—Walter Haan, www.war-books.com

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