Fonda#039;s protest plan a slap in face to Iraq, U.S.

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 31, 2005

After 33 years of life experience, actress and activist Jane Fonda has not learned a thing.

Last week, the aging actress announced plans to soon tour Iraq by bus to protest the ongoing military action there.

"I have not taken a stand on any war since Vietnam," Fonda said. "I carry a lot of baggage from that."

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In 1972, Fonda raised the ire of many, many Americans by traveling to North Vietnam in protest of America's involvement in trying to stop the communist north from invading South Vietnam.

Fonda posed for photographers during her Vietnam visit as she sat atop a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. The same gun may very well have shot down a United States Air Force pilot flying a mission over Vietnam.

The image was not only a public relations nightmare for the U.S. military but it was also an embarrassment to many of the soldiers fighting in United State military uniforms.

A soldier's job is to go where he or she is told. Period. They don't have to agree with "why" they are sent. Fonda's misguided protest served as propaganda to support the cause of the communist North Vietnam.

Last week's announcement also reeks of Fonda's misguided belief that the best place to protest a war is on the battlefield.

Obviously, the best place to protest the war in Iraq is in Washington, D.C. Instead Fonda - who was once married to one of the world's richest men, TV mogul Ted Turner - plans to ride a vegetable-oil powered bus through one of the world's most prominent oil producers.

In essence, she'll simultaneously slap two countries in the face at once. Fonda's protest will undercut the support for the U.S. troops who are fighting the war in Iraq. And, she'll gallivant through a country dependent on petroleum in a bus burning corn oil.

We're not certain what, exactly, Fonda hopes to gain in the protest, but we know one thing: she's reaffirmed our faith that once an idiot, always an idiot.