posted on Nov, 4 2009 @ 02:05 AM
Even at the height of the "protests" against the current war, they were always much smaller and more artificial than the protests in the Vietnam
era. The media, stocked with a larger-than-average proportion of nostalgic ex-hippies at the upper levels, hyped the "movement" and there were a
handful of true diehards, but the "antiwar movement" against Iraq was NOTHING like the groundswell against Vietnam back in the day.
Some people would say it means folks today are less "idealistic" or "socially aware" than those in the Vietnam era, but as far as I'm concerned
that's total garbage. The ugly truth is that what people in the Vietnam era were prostesting, for the most part, was not the war itself...whether
they knew it or not, they were protesting the DRAFT. They were afraid of the draft impacting themselves, their boyfriends, and their male relatives.
Once the US went to an all-volunteer military, 90% of people stopped caring because it wasn't their problem anymore.
With a few exceptions and except for on a few occasions, most humans are generally self-interested creatures. This holds true whether they wear
tie-dies or pinstripes.