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Jane Fonda's Selective Memory
April 11, 2005

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Jane Fonda, the former "Barbarella" star, aerobics aficionado and Ted Turner Mrs., recently did some foreign policy spouting off during an appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman."

When asked her opinion on the Iraq war, Fonda responded, "I think the war is wrong. I think it's a mistake and I think that we should get out."

At least she didn't repeat her Vietnam blunder and boogie over to Baghdad to have her picture taken with Saddam & Co.

The 1972 pic is perhaps her most famous. It's the one where she posed on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun with the foe's helmet on her head and was encircled by smiling enemy soldiers.

Jane's been out pitching her autobiography and is now expressing some regret about the photo. She referred to the incident as a "lapse of judgment," saying, "I will go to my grave regretting that."

Fonda has said similar things before but has never experienced the kind of pressure that Trent Lott and others did to cough up an apology. In fact, she recently said publicly that apologizing is not something that she intends to do.

She ought to reconsider the apology stuff and say she's sorry for the numerous broadcasts on Radio Hanoi where she referred to U.S. soldiers as war criminals; for assuring the world that POWs were being treated like guests of honor while Hanoi was torturing our GIs; and for calling the brave soldiers liars and racists when the POWs came home and revealed the torture.

While Fonda's at it, she might also think about retracting a statement she made in 1970, where she said, "If you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would some day become communist."

Then she could hit her knees and give thanks that despite her diatribes against the American system she was able to put on a leotard and take advantage of it.

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