Editor’s note: When WorldNetDaily international correspondent
Anthony LoBaido first exposed the communist Vietnamese persecution of
the Christian, anticommunist Hmong tribes
of Indochina, he reported that the U.S. had sent Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright to Hanoi to open a new U.S. consulate and renew trade
relations with the communist regime. Since that time, Vietnam’s military
has made rapid and bold moves both to fill its coffers and to
consolidate its power over the masses. This development has, until now,
gone unreported by the American media.
By Anthony C. LoBaido
© 2000, WorldNetDaily.com
BANGKOK, Thailand — The People’s Liberation Army of Vietnam is a
formidable group. Since World War II it has defeated the French Foreign
Legion, the United States, Communist China and Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge in
a string of wars.
In recent months, the communist government of Vietnam has continued
to crack down on Christians within the country, as well as to issue
proclamations that Vietnam “will never change its current political
Assisting the entrenchment of a mutated brand of communism that is so
prevalent in the post-Cold War era, the armed forces of Vietnam have
tapped into the ideals of primitive global capitalism, as advanced by
Western multinational corporations, the U.S. State Department, United
Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
“In Vietnam, it’s impossible to tell where the government ends and
the military begins. They are really the same entity,” said one Western
Bangkok-based military attache.
“Where the Communist Party has found a great erosion in support from
the Vietnamese masses — mainly due to the growth of Biblical,
evangelical Christianity amongst the Hmong hill tribes — the armed
forces have stepped up their control of the economy to cement their
Communist political model on the country for the 21st century,” he said
Seeking to increase its prestige, the Vietnamese military has
successfully integrated top generals into the government, including the
diplomatic corps and economic development cabinet posts.
The ambitious plans of the Vietnamese Armed Forces include the
setting up of 13 special economic free trade zones near Vietnam’s
borders with the communist countries of China, Laos and Cambodia. By
the year 2013, the Army will have transferred over 85,000 specially
trained troops to these three regions. This colonization is only the
first step in establishing the framework for hundreds of thousands of
private citizens who will follow in their footsteps.
By controlling the free trade zones, the military will free itself
from dependence on government largesse. Much in the same manner as the
Khmer Rouge of Cambodia remain in the bush, getting rich off of gems,
timber, mining, gun running, organ tissue smuggling and drug dealings,
the Vietnamese army seeks to set up its own set of military fiefdoms.
Speaking in the Vietnam Economic Times, Maj. Gen. Nguyen Van China
stated, “We’re not getting involved in the economy just to make money.”
Free to act independently from the state treasury, the Vietnamese
army will then use its newfound economic independence to acquire weapons
and consolidate national control over the citizenry.
The methods of control are sure to change as the military begins to
flex its new economic muscle. Augmenting the power of the Vietnamese
army was something U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the
State Department failed to mention when America opened up a new
consulate in Vietnam last year and normalized trade relations with the
In December, the Vietnamese government executed a large number of
drug dealers. Unlike the free wheeling drug economies of neighboring
Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, the Vietamese prefer to use
old-style control methods over the masses.
“Drugs are a means of control, no different than midnight visits from
the KGB,” added the Western military attache, who requested anonymity.
“Look at England, Thailand and America. Look at what drugs do to the
youth. Drugs make people docile and dysfunctional,” he said. “They
become drones. They will not challenge the government. It is a means of
control that goes back to the Opium Wars between the UK and China. The
recent Vietnamese crackdown means the government won’t seek to control
the masses with MTV, drugs and diversions of pleasure. This is a
terrible sign for Western liberals who thought the communist government
would soften up, change and adopt Western values.”
So successful has been the foray of the Vietnamese military’s venture
into capitalism, it has now set up a special economic division within
the armed forces.
According to government documents analyzed by WorldNetDaily, the
Liberation Army last year reported profits of 600 million U.S. dollars.
Additional government contracts and joint ventures with Western
multinational corporations will no doubt raise that figure to over one
billion U.S. dollars in the year 2000.
“America will trade with anyone — North Korea and Communist China
come to mind,” said Mayanne Yoshii, an investment analyst based in
Bangkok who works for the Bank of Japan.
“It wouldn’t surprise me to see more and more investors pouring money
into Vietnam. The control the military will exert over the economy and
society at large will mean greater stability. The only thing investors
like better than profits is political stability.”
As the business community, military and government combine to form a
pseudo-fascist entity, hopes of genuine political reform in Vietnam may
be hopelessly far off for the next generation and beyond.
Meanwhile, the American people will have to come to terms with the
fact that U.S. multinationals are trading and building up an enemy that
killed over 50,000 American soldiers in Vietnam and tortured U.S. POWs.
Worse still, the Vietnamese communists have enacted a vicious pogrom
against Christians, which includes puncturing the eardrums of those who
preach and listen to the Christian Gospel. This amazingly brutal
campaign is documented by Voice of the Martyrs, based in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
The military leaders of the Vietnamese army will no doubt grow
personally richer in the coming years. Arms purchases will continue to
grow and increase as the military retools itself into a modern fighting
force. The Communist Party will grow stronger than ever, and persecution
of the Christian Hmong tribes, Catholics and other political dissidents
will continue and increase.
But in the game of global Monopoly, it is a price the West apparently
is willing to pay in order to benefit from the economic development of
one more enemy state.