To the editor:
Bob Marsh, in a letter to the editor on Oct. 7, stated with regard to the Vietnam War, "most everyone was morally or philosophically opposed." That is not correct. The majority of Americans supported the war until after the Tet offensive of 1968. This crisis itself caused a brief upward surge in public support as people demanded that Johnson do more, not less, to win the war.
When public sentiment did turn in favor of ending the war, it was based on practical, not "moral" grounds and held the views of the "peace" movement in contempt for its clear sympathy of Hanoi.
Feeling that the polarization in the U.S. caused by the "peace" movement was prolonging the bloodshed by contributing to Hanoi's intractability with regard to a peace settlement, and fearing that further polarization would severely damage the country, the American majority began to seek a new strategy.
Viewing as immoral the call of the "peace" movement for precipitous withdrawal and abandonment of South Vietnam, they settled for President Nixon's plan of Vietnamization and "peace with honor."
No one of any intellectual integrity could support the "peace" movement. It argued that our motive was imperialism, that the domino theory was absurd, that the war was only a civil war and that America was engage in genocide. All of these arguments were, of course, false.