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Joshua S. Walker

I think that this is a very interesting perspective on the lack of violent protests in America. As I read through the blog I completely agree with the reasoning of the author. It is not at all that Americans today are in more agreement with the war in Iraq than they were with Vietnam but the opportunity costs today are far higher. I have never looked at the situation in this way however it is a great observation. The possibility for a college student to find employment upon graduation is unacceptable under any terms however especially as a result of a known punishment for protesting, possibly even in a non-violent way. During the protests of Vietnam it was almost a way of gaining respect to protest, today it is looked at as a radical behavior that is unjustifiable.

Some dude

What a bunch of nonsense. The unpopularity of the
war for many stems not because it's being fought,
but because it's being fought not vigorously
enough.

Why no violent protests? Gee, I don't know maybe
it's because the Scum we are fighting in Iraq
murder hundreds (sometimes more) every day. I
think most Americans understand the gravity
of this situation. Do you?

Rachel Powell

I completely agree that the cost of violence protests has risen and the benefits have fallen. I never thought about it, but electronic media such as blogs really are a great way for people to vent about the war in Iraq thus promoting them to not cause violent protests. It's also a good indication that these violent protests have not taken place because there is no draft. All of the U.S. troops ARE volunteers, therefore, we cannot complain about this war because there's obviously people out there who agree with it enough to actually volunteer to put themselves on the line for our country. Personally, I don't agree with the war, but what can I do about it?

Bethany Blackhurst

The factors that can account for the lack of protests against the Iraq War make a lot of sense. As mentioned, technology has come a long way and people make their views known on such issues by posting on a blog, for example, instead of protesting like before for the Vietnam War. Also, I think it is an excellent point that there are higher opportunity costs for protesting today. Now, because there are higher wages and education is in such high demand, most people will not jeopardize their careers by partaking in the protests. These two reasons seem to be the most applicable in accounting for the lack of protests with the war in Iraq.

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