“Nobody’s Right When Everyone is Wrong”

On May 4, 1970, National Guardsmen on the campus of Kent State University opened fire on thousands of unarmed students only some of whom were protesting the war in Vietnam.  Over 5-dozen shots were fired by a few of the poorly-trained Guardsmen as others looked on in horror.  Within seconds, nine students were wounded and four lay dead.  Most of the fatalities were students just observing the confrontation.

In 1978, H.R.Haldeman, a top aid of  President Richard Nixon, stated the shootings at Kent State began the eventual destruction of the Nixon administration.

In the 1990’s former Department of Defense Chairman Robert S. McNamara, the “Architect of  the War in Vietnam” said the war was “a terrible mistake”.

His own children had stopped talking to him years before.

In 1975, America lost the war in Vietnam.

Today, Vietnam is a strong trading partner of the United States.

3 Responses to ““Nobody’s Right When Everyone is Wrong””

  1. Bill says:

    Obviously, the National Guard should not have been anywhere near the campus, and the weekend warriors lost their cool. Ballistics were evidently not their strong suit.

    On the other hand, if I had a gun in my hand and some punk was trying to bounce rocks off my head, I’d be tempted to blow the little bastard away, too. There are always two sides to every story.

  2. paolo says:

    “Nobody’s Right When Everyone is Wrong”

  3. Joe Belle-Isle says:

    I was Stationed in N. Alabama when all the Civil Rights Movement stuff was going on, four litle girls were murderred on a sunday in the bombing of their church because they were black. There had been riots in Watts and my Home town up there. One dumbass actually joined the Guard before nam took off so he could “Ride on a tank through Plymouth Ave and the projects and have some fun.”
    Dr. Martin Luther King was assasinated.
    We in the professional Army who stayed qualified on our weapons were given professional riot Control training. THE THEORY IS: An organized group of armed professional soldiers that don’t break rank and stand shoulder to shoulder create a area of ORDER in an area that is out of control. Bullets are not needed. We were NEVER issued bullets, but were orderred to fix bayonets AND LEAVE THE SCABBARDS ON.
    I got an early out to return to college at SUNY at Oswego that spring and after the student strike we were sent home with our grades based on our average up to the point the strike started.
    In all these years I have never been able to come up with a reason of why professional soldiers in the deep south where murders WERE being committed were not allowed to carry live amunition, or even blanks,but the poorly trained weekend warriors were given live rounds and sent to an American Campus. My Math teacher at the time had served 30 years plus in the active navy (WWII) and was the commander of the local Militia in Oswego. When we left he tenderred his resignation saying, “It will be a cold day in hell before I will lead Armed soldiers onto a American college campus.” I consider him as both a soldier and an educator a hero.

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