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Re: Newsweek article
In a message dated 7/9/01 4:41:28 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
I was an antiwar protester; my father was a veteran loyal to the military. I
think I finally understand why.
Better late than never, I suppose!
During and after the Korean War a bad rap was hung on our buddies who had the
misfortune of being captured and subjected to enemy propaganda. The term
'brainwashing" was thrown around a lot, even though only a relatively small
percentage of the men bought into the propaganda in any significant way as a
result of intensive "group indoctrination."
But none were "brainwashed," according to a SecDef statement published in
1956. The report points out that the latter process is a time-consuming
conditioning process which is not adaptable to any sizable group, but is more
adaptable on a one-on-one basis. The 1956 statement pointed out that only
"Several cases of authentic 'brainwashing' have been reported during the last
decade in Communist Europe and recently in China."
I suppose the term "group indoctrination" appropriately could be used to
describe the success that years of "progressive" teaching in our schools had
on our youth, a system of thinking which turned out a whole generation of
Americans who find it comfortable to denounce their Flag and their Country.
Like Saul on the way to Damascus, many have seen the light! But, all have not
recanted; too many are still out there amongst us.