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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 2/22/17: Marilyn B. Young, 1937-2017

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

We're sorry to share the sad news that Marilyn Young, New York University historian and antiwar activist well known to many members of HAW, passed away Sunday, February 19 after a long illness. Author or editor of many books and articles on U.S. foreign relations, especially the Vietnam War, she was a founding member of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars in 1968 and was elected president of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations in 2011.

 

Of the Iraq War she wrote in 2003: "If Vietnam was Korea in slow motion, then Operation Iraqi Freedom is Vietnam on crack cocaine. In less than two weeks a 30-year-old vocabulary is back: credibility gap, seek and destroy, hard to tell friend from foe, civilian interference in military affairs, the dominance of domestic politics, winning, or more often, losing hearts and minds."

 

A funeral service will be held this coming Sunday afternoon, February 26, at 2:30 at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 W. 76th Street, New York city. A page has been set up for condolences at https://remembr.com/forever.young. Cards can also be sent to her daughter, Ms. Lauren Young, at 561 41st St. #3E, Brooklyn, NY 11232, and donations in her honor may be made to the War Resisters League, www.warresisters.org.

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