AMERICAN NOTES: Battle Fatigue

The San Francisco Chronicle's resident humorist, Arthur Hoppe, was in a rare, melancholy mood. In his column, Hoppe wrote: "The radio this morning said the Allied invasion of Laos had bogged down. Without thinking, I nodded and said, 'Good.' And having said it, I realized the bitter truth: Now I root against my own country. That is how far we have come in this hated and endless war."

Some of Hoppe's syndicated newspapers, including the Atlanta Constitution and the Boston Herald Traveler, refused to print the column. Hoppe had obviously touched a nerve. He wrote of his love for his...

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