“Actress and activist Jane Fonda says she intends to take a cross-country bus tour to call for an end to U.S. military operations in Iraq.
“‘I can’t go into any detail except to say that it?s going to be pretty exciting,’ she said.”
The antiwar odyssey will be a little different from the one Jane took in 1972 in this respect: Back then, her destination was North Vietnam, where she posed in a military helmet seated on an anti-aircraft gun trained at U.S. aircraft (she’s since apologized for that). This time–no, Jane won’t be flying to Fallujah for a photo-op with charred bodies on a bridge. She’ll be staying right here in the United States, where she’ll be touring on a bus, joined, she says, by families of Iraq war veterans and her daughter.
My favorite detail: Jane says the bus will run on “vegetable oil.”
And perhaps when Jane returns, we’ll be treated to some reminiscences like this one of her Hanoi trip in ’72:
“The beautiful Temple of Literature was where I saw traditional dances and heard songs of resistance. I also saw unforgettable ballet about the guerrillas training bees in the south to attack enemy soldiers. The bees were danced by women, and they did their job well.
“In the shadow of the Temple of Literature I saw Vietnamese actors and actresses perform the second act of Arthur Miller’s play All My Sons, and this was very moving to me- the fact that artists here are translating and performing American plays while US imperialists are bombing their country.
“I cherish the memory of the blushing militia girls on the roof of their factory, encouraging one of their sisters as she sang a song praising the blue sky of Vietnam- these women, who are so gentle and poetic, whose voices are so beautiful, but who, when American planes are bombing their city, become such good fighters.”
Talk about vegetable oil!