Forum, Sep. 30, 1974

Can Amnesty Close the Book?

To the Editors:

America still has deep feelings about both war resisters and war makers. Amnesty is a device to set aside these feelings by proclaiming a forgetfulness of the war. Amnesty should be neither a condemnation nor a commendation of America's nightmare in Indochina.

By rejecting real amnesty, President Ford has defended the war makers and penalized the war resisters. Unlike all of his predecessors, he has offered involuntary servitude to those who were once denied alternative service. He calls this amnesty, but in many cases it is not even leniency. It is a policy that demands the...

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