"Off With Her Head!" Cried the Mad Hatter

John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Wed Apr 6 17:00:34 MDT 2005


Hanoi Jane rides again
Michelle Malkin

April 6, 2005

Jane Fonda just won't shut up. And her crocodile tears will not 
stop flowing. She has contracted an acute case of Aging Celebrity 
Hippie Syndrome -- and it's going to land her tell-all memoir on 
The New York Times best-seller list in no time.

There she is on "60 Minutes," simpering about her failed 
relationship with her stoic father.

 There she is in the Washington Post, detailing her past bouts 
with bulimia and lingering body image problems. (Which haven't 
damaged her enough to prevent her from posing for publicity 
photos: "Oh, God! Side lighting is not so good for me," the 
suffering Fonda orders the photographer.)

 There she is in The New York Times. And Time magazine. And on 
"Good Morning America," blabbing about her bizarre trio of 
ex-husbands and their various pathologies. Adultery. Alcoholism. 
Prostitutes. Group sex. Blecchh. Aging hippies never learn. As 
college students, they had no appreciation of the value of 
self-restraint. Decades later as senior citizens (Jane Fonda is a 
67-year-old woman prattling on, Howard Stern-style, about 
threesomes, for heaven's sake), they still have no appreciation of 
the value of discretion.

 Unless there are big bucks involved, that is.

 And now, Hanoi Jane is everywhere, everywhere, issuing what many 
in the mainstream media have characterized as a so-called apology 
for her betrayal of American troops in Vietnam.

 The New York Times reports:

As she has before, Ms. Fonda apologizes for being photographed 
laughing and clapping while sitting on an antiaircraft gun in 
Hanoi. (She writes that she absent-mindedly sat down in a moment 
of euphoria with her North Vietnamese hosts, and adds, ''That 
two-minute lapse of sanity will haunt me until the day I die.'')

 On "60 Minutes," she moans:

I will go to my grave regretting that. The image of Jane Fonda, 
'Barbarella,' Henry Fonda's daughter, just a woman sitting on an 
enemy aircraft gun was a betrayal. It was like I was thumbing my 
nose at the military and at the country that gave me privilege.

  "Like" she was thumbing her nose? The woman delivered numerous 
broadcasts on Radio Hanoi claiming tortured POWs were in "good 
health," calling her own president a "new-type Hitler" on enemy 
airwaves, and accusing American pilots of being "war criminals."

 Vietnam veterans see clearly through Fonda's ploy -- yet another 
insult to the memory of fallen American troops. Walter Inge wrote 
in a letter to the editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Despite repeated claims, Hanoi Jane Fonda has never apologized for 
her treasonous collaboration with the Vietnamese Communists. 
Writing that it was 'a betrayal' and 'a lapse of judgment' is a 
confession, not an apology.

 Henry Mark Holzer, co-author of "Aid and Comfort: Jane Fonda and 
North Vietnam," was more blunt on MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" 
this week:

She committed treason. She exploited and misused American POWs. 
She gave the North Vietnamese communists, with whom we were then 
at war, propaganda that American POWs endured unimaginable torture 
not to give them, she gave it to them for free. And, indeed, she 
caused the deaths of American fighting men and the deaths of our 
allies as well.

Meanwhile, Fonda's fellow Hollywood hippie leftover, Peter Yarrow, 
traveled to Vietnam last week "ready to get down on my knees as 
one American and say, 'Please forgive us'" -- a sentiment with 
which the unrepentant Fonda -- who has yet to apologize for those 
treasonous radio broadcasts -- no doubt concurs.

 No mind. Fonda's cynical non-apology "apology" keeps making 
headlines, just as she and her book publicists had hoped. This 
isn't about making amends. This is about making money.

 Me! Me! Me! Hanoi Jane rides again.

Michelle Malkin is a syndicated columnist and maintains her weblog 
at michellemalkin.com

©2005 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

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