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Thread #95050 Message #1849212
Posted By: Don Firth
03-Oct-06 - 10:08 AM
Thread Name: Ewan MacColl - coward or traitor?
Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl - coward or traitor?
This whole thread ought to be in the BS section, because that's pretty much what it amounts to.
I can't see a helluva lot of difference between what Ewan MacColl allegedly did and what thousands of young Americans did during the Vietnam war. Not wanting to participate in a war they didn't believe in—and feeling that they shouldn't have to go to prison for follow their convictions if there was another way—they took off for Canada. You can't say they didn't pay for following their consciences because they had to give up the lives they had, leave their friends, family, and jobs, move to a foreign country (albeit not all that foreign), and try to establish themselves there; not necessarily an easy thing to do. Sometimes that can take more sheer guts that just submissively following the herd.
As I said above, the fact that MacColl was not prosecuted could very well mean that there is more here than meets the eye. Nobody seems to know what the whole story is, but ignorance doesn't keep a lot of people from mouthing off anyway.