Selwyn Duke wrote an article concerning Muhammad Ali and his deification by certain elements in our society. - Let’s Talk About the Butterflies and the Bees - The article goes through some of Ali's history because:
...The Ali image has been whitewashed by a media mouth that picked up where the "Louisville Lip" left off. For sure, Ali is portrayed not just as a legendary sports figure, not even merely as "The Greatest"; rather, he is cast as a larger-than-life hero for the ages...
Part of that history includes this bit:
Perhaps he was almost as unfaithful to his country during the event that temporarily transformed him into a pariah: His draft resistence and acerbic remarks during the Vietnam era. It was at this time that he said, "No Viet Cong ever called me nigger." No doubt true. Of course, no Viet Cong ever paid him millions of dollars, either.
Ali was ultimately convicted of refusing induction into the army, but this was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1971, which found that his application for conscientious objector status was wrongly denied. This, despite the fact that Ali did not claim to be opposed to all wars - a prerequisite for conscientious objection - just those not declared by Allah. I also note that he certainly had no compunction about bashing other men in the head for money.
I was in the military during the Vietnam years. I was drafted. I did not believe in the war. I was not against all wars but was against this one. I was assigned to the Infantry. Shortly after my Infantry training (AIT) started I signed up for and recieved 'Conscientious Objector for Reassignment' status and they made me a medic. Sent me to South Korea instead of Vietnam. -
Ali could have served this nation in a capacity other warrior if he chose to.
Then it took years to find out that I had been sold and believed a story by John Kerry. Thanks to the Swift Boat Veterans. I was lied to by the left.
Doesn't surprize me but it does take a while to work out all the misinformation. We could have won that war had the people on the left quit putting flowers in their hair and instead stood firm against a totalitarianistic government that murdered innocents even before the last copter left the U.S. Embassy.
Now they are at it again.
Crowds on both coasts protest Iraq war
Convinced this is their moment, tens of thousands marched Saturday in an anti-war demonstration linking military families, ordinary people and an icon of the Vietnam protest movement in a spirited call to get out of Iraq.
Celebrities, a half-dozen lawmakers and protesters from distant states rallied in the capital under a sunny sky, seizing an opportunity to press their cause with a Congress restive on the war and a country that has turned against the conflict.
Marching with them was Jane Fonda, in what she said was her first anti-war demonstration in 34 years.
"Silence is no longer an option," Fonda said to cheers from the stage on the National Mall. The actress once derided as "Hanoi Jane" by conservatives for her stance on Vietnam said she had held back from activism so as not to be a distraction for the Iraq anti-war movement, but needed to speak out now.
prying1 sez: ONCE DERIDED??? She still is!
Aljazeera.net covers the story with body counts of dead Iraqis but does not give the numbers of how many were murdered by Muslum terrorists.
History repeats itself.
Will the left cause Iraqis to suffer the same fate as the South Vietnamese???
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