It is always amusing to see people attempt to glorify the anti-war protesters of the 1960s as moral giants. Robert A. McKennon's letter (July 23) suggests that the protesters at Kent State and other places were courageous and idealistic, who by their actions saved the lives of many innocent people.
One just has to look at what has happened to Southeast Asia since U.S. involvement was cut off to see how foolish McKennon's belief is.
The anti-war movement was overwhelmingly motivated by selfishness. The proof to this is that as soon as the United States withdrew from Vietnam (thus ending any risk to themselves) the protesting stopped. There was little concern for the innocent people of South Vietnam and Cambodia.
The uproar at Kent State was over U.S. operations into Cambodia, actions designed to thwart communist supply routes and bases. This elicited major protests. Where was the uproar when all U.S. aid to Cambodia was cut off and 2 million people (1 out of every 3 Cambodians) were slaughtered by the communists? The largest genocide since the Holocaust. There wasn't a single peep from the anti-war people.