The Gaza protests are nothing like Vietnam


by Gavin Mortimer

National Public Radio this week likened the 2024 student protests on campuses across the US to those of 1968. Similar comparisons have also been made in France where last week students staged sit-ins at the prestigious Sciences Po in Paris and claimed that “Gaza = Vietnam.”

NPR quoted a history professor at Columbia University, the focal point for America’s pro-Palestine student protests. “It is an uncanny resemblance to what transpired in the late Sixties in this country, where US students and other people in this country were inspired to speak out and mobilize against what they saw as an unjust war in Vietnam,” said Frank Guridy.

An uncanny resemblance? The social class of the students is the same now as it was in 1968, but where are the other parallels? There are no American troops fighting in Gaza. Nor back then were campuses infected by antisemitism, as so many are today.

Neither, crucially, was there any self-loathing. That is the essential difference between the student demonstrators of today and half a century ago. In 1968, the students wanted an end to what they regarded as an unjust war; in 2024, indoctrinated by “decolonization,” students want an end to what they regard as an unjust West.

At DC’s George Washington University, for example, the statue of the first president has been vandalized with the words “genocidal war mongering.” Yesterday, at Goldsmiths in London, protesters occupied two floors and hung banners proclaiming “Decolonisation is not a metaphor.”

A feature of these protests is the number of people who have culturally appropriated the Palestine keffiyeh. It is the twenty-first century equivalent of the Mao suit in the 1970s, which, according to the BBC, “became fashionable for left-wing intellectuals… before the full horrors of Mao’s reign came to light.”

Some of the 1960s protesters supported communism ideologically as well as sartorially, among them a handful of celebrities. America had Jane Fonda, who spoke warmly of Mao’s China in 1970 and visited Hanoi, Vietnam in 1972. There she posed for photos with her hosts, and later said of American prisoners of war: “If a prisoner tried to escape, it is quite understandable that he would probably be beaten and tortured.” Richard Grenier, the former film critic for the New York Times, knew Fonda and described her in 1979 as an apologist “for totalitarian regimes of the harshest sort.”

Vanessa Redgrave was the most notorious in Britain, one of 10,000 who marched through London in an anti-Vietnam protest in March 1968, even though Britain had no presence in the country. Three years later she participated in a demonstration through London organized by Sinn Fein to promote the IRA.

Fonda and Redgrave were outliers half a century ago, but in today’s West these apologists proliferate in every walk of life: the arts, academia, journalism, the judiciary and even the police — an officer in a British police constabulary was this week charged with terror offenses after sharing pro-Hamas image online.

The Iranian government has been crowing this week about the student protests in America. President Ebrahim Raisi praised “the uprising of Western students, professors and elites in support of the oppressed people of Gaza,” describing it as “a big event with vast dimensions.” The key word is “oppressed”: it explains why so many credulous Western left-wingers indulge Islamism, whether it’s Hamas, Hezbollah or even Iran itself, whose misogyny has been exported to Europe and embraced by bien pensants who believe that wearing the hijab is liberating.

The West’s working-class rejected communism in the second half of the twentieth century so instead the left-wing political parties began to champion another “oppressed” — in their eyes at least: Muslims. As the number of Muslims in Europe began to increase dramatically at the start of the century, these parties saw how they could prosper electorally — what the French call “clientélisme.”

This explains the dramatic transformation in Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the veteran far-left politician up until recently best known for wearing suits with Mao collars and expressing admiration for Latin American Marxists. Mélenchon gave the eulogy at the funeral of his friend Charb, one of the Charlie Hebdo journalists shot dead by Islamist extremists in 2015. “You have been murdered as you knew you would be by our oldest, cruelest, most constant and most narrow-minded enemies: the religious fanatics,” said Mélenchon.

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Big First Point:
These Hamas protests are based on lies.
There’s been no “genocide.”
Point of fact, Hamas cannot even name 10,000 of their supposed war dead.
And of the rest, we have no idea how many were forced to stay in front of Hamas and become human shields.
In fact, we have no way to know how many of the dead were actually Hamas fighters.
Sometimes, in the past, all dead teenagers were called “innocent civilians” by Hamas, when they were really Hamas fighters.
Really, we have no way to know how many of those claimed as dead were reported more than once.

IOW, not really a genocide.
Just war, started by Hamas.

The left loves to be lied to. How can anyone expect Hamas, or any other radical Islamist, to tell the truth? Fact is, none of the anti-Semites WANT to know the truth. Just like the leftists that look for a reason, true or false, to hate Trump, they want to be lied to for an excuse to hate Jews.

Remember the Uyghurs? Long oppressed, imprisoned, tortured, parted out victims of the PRC, who cares about them? How about Jews or Christians in Islamic countries? Do these nosey, whiney, self-righteous pricks? Nope. They follow their leaders, who follow the money. China heavily subsidizes colleges and media in the US. So do Muslims. These “freedom fighters” standing up against oppression are given the oppression they are allowed to oppose. The very definition of “useful idiots”. And they are always from the left.

Last edited 1 month ago by Just Plain Bill

Muslims “heavily subsidize” colleges and media here?

Apx 10 billion to universities.
Most from Qtar.

Last edited 1 month ago by kitt

Please point me toward some verification of that.

Over there.

Do any of the colleges or media support the Ughurs?

They should take their shit back to where they came from. America is just fine without either the CCP or moslem influence. Both hate America so get the fuck out of here.