Bringing Back the Good Old Revolution
As it happens, I thought of Ian Donnis as I flipped through a Providence Journal 1968 retrospective to which he directs his readers.
I seem to recall a certain progressive journalist’s responding with incredulity to my reference a few years ago to what I thought to be generally acknowledged romanticization of the late-’60s counterculture, including the opportunity to protest war, revel in revolutionary poses, and so on.
Since that exchange, I’ve periodically thought how time has borne out my observation, and I won’t deny that I assign a portion of the blame for the hardship of the post-invasion struggle to those in the West who broadcast the message loud, clear, and well in advance that they were willing, even eager, to make another Vietnam of Iraq — meaning most especially an outcome of defeat. The amount of damage that has done to our efforts would be impossible to calculate — nearly as impossible as breaking through one side’s confidence in and the other’s denial of my assessment’s validity.
I’m sure some opponents of the war, whether original or latter-day, hold their opinions with honorable conviction, but I’m just as sure that some have eased into their positions as into a soft robe of nostalgia, and that is simply stomach turning.