Scheduled to speak at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, Jane Fonda was met by former military members protesting her 1972 “alleged” aiding-and-abetting-the-enemy visit to Hanoi during the Vietnam War. She said she understands and it makes her sad, but if she really understood she would just stay away from public appearances.
She is lucky to have not been charged with treason back in ’72 and since there is no statute of limitations on treason, she remains lucky she is not being charged today – so far. Her appearances always bring protesters because Vietnam veterans cannot and will not forget her irresponsible actions they feel cost the lives of American soldiers and helped thwart peace negotiations.
Her actions have been rationally considered treasonous by many and the book “Aid and Comfort” by Henry Mark Holzer and Erika Holzer makes the case very well. She deliberately skirts the issue of any treasonous behavior while continuously offering weak apologies. At her latest appearance, she said: “It hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.” People don’t just “think” she was against the soldiers; her words and actions, especially her radio broadcasts from Hanoi, put it on display. She also remained proud of her “mistake” for quite a while.
Instead of being charged with treason, Jane came home and was allowed to make millions with exercise videos and movies. Her attendance at a few Iraq war protests dredged up bad memories for many Vietnam vets and some of them now make sure her every appearance is protested so that people will not forget.
If Jane is tired of these protests that hurt her so much – that’s just too bad. She should stay home and be happy she’s not in jail. Every time she shows up in the press it dredges up hurtful memories for Vietnam vets. Sympathy should go to the vets, not “Hanoi” Jane.
David J. Hentosh