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Regarding Roger Pulvers’ Aug. 22 Counterpoint article, “How to stand, individually, against your nation on the warpath?“: Pulvers has gone on record in this article that his only chance to take a personal stand against the Vietnam War was in January 1974, when he dropped off a check at the North Vietnamese Embassy in Australia. This cannot really be considered taking a stand, though, since the Paris Peace Accords ended the U.S. role in Vietnam as a belligerent in 1973.

Pulvers would like readers to believe that he never had a chance to make a more significant stand against the Vietnam War. I find this extremely difficult to believe if, during the Vietnam War, Pulvers was a university student in the United States and a university instructor in Japan and in Australia. The universities in these countries at that time were a hotbed of protest, so there was undoubtedly no lack of opportunities for him to oppose the war.

Perhaps, in a future column, Pulvers will kindly explain how he managed not to have a chance to make a stand against the Vietnam War while so many other people at universities did.

lawrence cooper

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