After posting about my experience with the KSU shootings, naturally my curiosity was up and I delved into doing more research. I found a web site that talked to and about some of the survivors of that horrible period of history who had been shot.
They have never had closure. If I had been shot there I could understand why they still want answers. Was it a cover up as many think? Did the FBI not want to go any further into it because they would have to admit that the findings would show there was an order given to the National Guard to fire on the students? I think what is most shocking about this campus shooting was that it was our National Guard firing on our students. This wasn’t a terrorist attack, this wasn’t a seriously disturbed person or persons with a revenge plot. These were young men put in a terrible situation, given deadly weapons and being expected to remain cool and calm. Those in the guard had to be terrified too.
That is what makes this tragedy different and why I can understand that there are people to this day who are not satisfied with what they have been told.
We still have protestors today, but it is different and now the police control the situations differently and not with deadly force.
In doing my research I found this quote from the New York Times and it disturbed me back when Nixon said it, and it disturbed me to read it again 38 years later.
“You know, you see these bums, you know, blowin’ up the campuses. Listen, the boys that are on the college campuses today are the luckiest people in the world, going to the greatest universities, and here they are, burnin’ up their books, I mean, stormin’ around about this issue, I mean, you name it – get rid of the war, there’ll be another one.”
Richard M. Nixon, New York Times, May 2, 1970
Obviously this is just what the students across the US needed to hear, but more prophetically, he was right when he said there will be another one.
Last Friday I was in a grocery store and it happened to be the morning McCain announced Palin as his VP. Everyone was talking including this man about my age who said he spent his entire career in the Army from Viet Nam on through the Gulf War before retiring. He is a Republican and I asked him how he feels about where we are now in this conflict in Iraq. His reply was that in his opinion we have still not learned from Viet Nam. We went there and we stayed. His opinion is that we should have gone in (to Iraq) but we should have come out. His opinion so don’t shoot the messenger.
Let’s see 40 years later and no lessons were learned?
I don’t know who is right and who is wrong I just know if it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, then it is a duck.
Next blog posting will be “Miami Vice” – coming soon.