Jane Fonda has No Apologies

In 1972, Jane Fonda was at the height of her fame, a movie star and icon in her own right, out of the shadow of her famous father.

That’s when she decided to use her fame to oppose the war in Vietnam. Jane Fonda took to the streets here at home to let her views against the war be known. But she didn’t stop there.

She took her show on the road: to the enemy. During her stay as a guest of the North Vietnamese government, she climbed atop an enemy gun used to shoot down American airplanes.

She broadcast messages on Radio Hanoi, telling American pilots to disobey orders and stop their bombing runs. And she betrayed American POWs, who covertly identified themselves to her, only to see her tell the enemy that they had tried to communicate with her.

She now says that her trip to North Vietnam was a large lapse in judgment.

But she doesn’t regret the radio broadcasts or taking her opposition to the war to American soldiers in harm’s way.

And that’s precisely the problem. Jane Fonda has a new book out, and soon, a new movie. Her so-called “apologies,” coming 30 years after the war, now ring hollow and opportunistic. She just doesn’t get it: She sided with the enemy. She endangered the lives of American soldiers.

And she betrayed her country.

Which is why a Vietnam Veteran, Michael Smith, spit on her this week in Kansas city. I am not condoning what Mr. Smith did. But I certainly understand the anger that led to his action.

She jeopardized his life and the lives of his buddies. She gave huge propaganda value to the enemy. And she turned her back on her country.

Those who fought for this country have no respect for her, and I can’t blame them.
Her half-hearted apology was not a request for forgiveness. And that tells me that her character hasn’t changed one bit.

4 thoughts on “Jane Fonda has No Apologies

  1. Lets judge Jane Fonda’s actions fairly, i.e. not by our current standards of relativism where, under the right circumsatances, anything is OK. We need to judge her actions by 1972 standards of conduct. We were a war-weary country and angry at our government. We saw no point to the war. So what did Jane do? As a U.S. citizen empowered by her popularity and wealth, she did not merely exercise her American right to free speech, she physically went to the enemy and demonstrated her support–even to the point of doing direct actions that she knew would endanger individual US persons, i.e. the POWs. By the standards of the time, and by the standards of conduct throughout US history on which she could draw for guidance, she had to have known that her actions were TREASONOUS. Imagine if she had done the same with Hitler. I recall a certain British royalty who merely had wavering feelings toward the Nazis and was forever condemned. So lets be fair and judge Jane by the standards of her time and the perspective that she had available to her. If we do so we still find her guilty. Guilty then, guilty now, guilty in the eyes of history. And sometimes, even in America, one is held responsible for ones actions. Guilty.

  2. Jane Fonda is a very attractive woman and a pretty good actrice . Problem is, she is a traitor. I’m sure what I have to say will mean nothing to her. Going to the enemy, —– I have a hard time with this. When the time comes and you are laying on your death bed remember me. I am the guy you shit on. I wish you a peacefull death, just remember the guys you shit on. And know they know who and what you are

    Rest in Peace

    • At least she isn’t a soulless murderer.
      She was protesting against a war that couldn’t be won, that was being fought for no good reason. A bit like Iraq.
      Come on!!! Do you really believe what Bush tells you.
      Are you all that dumb?
      Idiot!!

  3. I can’t believe that 35 years later there is still some people thinking that Jane Fonda was a traitor. It’s absurd to talk about Hitler, the vietnamese didn’t invade any country, they were fighting to be free in their own country.
    The war killed dozen of thousands of poor US soldiers ( and many more vietnamese ) and the war was not legitimate, just like Irak invasion now is not legitimate, too.
    Jane did the right thing, really. America finally lost the war, as the US always do when they do a war for unlegitimate reasons.

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