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This month marks the 25th anniversary of the communist victory in
Vietnam. To this day most Americans do not know why our side lost and
the communists won. More significantly, few really care. Most
Americans also do not know that one of the chief goals of communism is
the liquidation of the middle class, which communists refer to as “the
bourgeoisie.” In addition, the communists seek to eliminate property
rights worldwide and to smash the planet’s leading constitutional
governments — especially the United States
government. The takeover of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were steps
toward this overall goal.

Contrary to what many people think, U.S. forces and the army of the
Republic of Vietnam successfully repulsed two major communist offensives
in Southeast Asia — the first one in 1968 and a second one in 1972.
The first of these, the infamous Tet offensive, was a disastrous defeat
for the communists. The second of these, launched in the spring of
1972, was also a defeat for the communists.

The communists had begun the war using light weapons and guerrilla
tactics. In 1972 this changed. The Russians weighed in with shiploads
of tanks and heavy weapons, so that the North Vietnamese army (NVA)
could initiate large-scale conventional attacks. In 1971 alone, the
Russians sent 350 cargo ships loaded with over a million tons of
supplies. Shipments included Russian T-34 tanks and long-range 130 mm.
guns.

But still, all these supplies were worthless against the power of
America. The U.S. had better weapons and was determined to support the
army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). So the Soviet General Staff had
a plan. This plan was to pour even greater resources into the United
States itself.

To understand what really happened we should consider the statements
of Col. Stanislav Lunev, a high-ranking Russian defector to the United
States. Lunev worked for the GRU, which is the Main Intelligence
Directorate of the Soviet (now Russian) General Staff. According to
Lunev, the GRU believed itself responsible for North Vietnam’s final
victory. In Lunev’s book, “Through the Eyes of the Enemy,” he says that
his GRU instructors and
superiors would not directly claim credit, but “they strongly implied
that the GRU was responsible for the Vietnamese success.”

How was this success supposedly achieved?

According to Lunev, the GRU and KGB “helped to fund just about every
antiwar movement and organization in America and abroad.” This funding,
said Lunev, was provided “via undercover operatives or front
organizations.” More amazing still, Lunev claims that the GRU and KGB
“had a larger budget for antiwar propaganda in the United States than it
did for economic and military support of the Vietnamese.”

In other words, Russia’s antiwar propaganda campaign against the
American effort in Vietnam had cost the Kremlin over $1 billion. And
look how well it worked. As Lunev recounts in his book, “it was a
hugely successful campaign and well worth the cost. The antiwar
sentiment created an incredible momentum that greatly weakened the U.S.
military.”

In other words, U.S. military victories were negated by communist
propaganda victories in the United States. While the communists were
being slaughtered in futile offensive attacks against Vietnam, the
American people were being systematically convinced that the war was
hopeless. Allied victories were overshadowed by intensive GRU-KGB
propaganda. In fact, the United States was almost destabilized by
Russian propaganda. Not only were there antiwar protests that paralyzed
campuses and disrupted the Democratic Party’s national convention in
Chicago, but following the assassination of Martin Luther King on April
4, 1968, federal troops had to be deployed in Washington, Chicago and
Baltimore to restore order. There were major disturbances in 125
American cities.

Things were so bad the FBI was asked to gather domestic intelligence
on various domestic troublemakers. But the FBI refused. Then the
Justice Department asked the United States Army to perform a domestic
intelligence function. As Gen. Bruce Palmer, then Army vice chief of
staff, later wrote: “a large amount of information on various American
nationals had been accumulated and placed in military intelligence
computers, and some
undercover intelligence operations had been conducted which were
probably illegal.”

When the civil libertarians found out, the Army got a black eye. All
the information the Army gathered was destroyed while the civilian
politicians refused to take responsibility. Therefore, the subversives
in this country, financed by the Soviet General Staff, operated with
impunity — protected by the United States Constitution, which they had
vowed to bring down. The American experience of 1968 shows that under
the right circumstances a foreign general staff can bring chaos to the
streets of America.

Consider the testimony of these two military men:

 

  • “While in Vietnam,” wrote General Palmer, “I had not fully
    appreciated the seriousness of the dissent back home. …”

     

  • “The GRU and the KGB, ” wrote Colonel Lunev, “helped to fund just
    about every antiwar movement and organization in America and abroad.”

Here is the historical lesson: The American people were
hoodwinked by communist propaganda. They were hoodwinked into believing
that victory was defeat. And they were hoodwinked into believing that
the Vietnamese communists were patriots defending their country against
American imperialism.

The Indochinese Communist Party was violent and murderous from the
start. It was founded in 1930. In 1931 the party created rural
“Soviets” and began by murdering local landowners and stealing
property. While still under Japanese occupation in early 1945, the
5,000-strong Indochinese Communist Party launched a terror campaign –
not against the Japanese but against political rivals in the nationalist
movement.

When Ho Chi Minh became a major power after the Japanese surrender,
he ruthlessly liquidated his political opponents. In August 1945 the
Viet Minh press called for “traitor elimination committees” in every
village. They weren’t simply eliminating those who collaborated with
the Japanese. One of their interests was to eliminate communists who
deviated from the party line.

When French rule in Vietnam ended the communist atrocities
accelerated. According to “The Black Book of Communism,” which
documents communism’s most horrendous crimes: “The scale of the
violence (in Vietnam) was extraordinary.”

The communist slogan at the time was: “Better ten innocent deaths
than one enemy survivor.” There were an estimated 50,000 executions in
the North Vietnamese countryside. As many as 100,000 were imprisoned
for being anti-communist. Masses of refugees poured into the south,
fleeing from the communist tyranny.

This was the enemy we were fighting. This is what we were protecting
Southeast Asia from.

Inwardly confused, weak and uninformed about the evils we were
opposing, the American people acknowledged the guilt of their own armed
forces, the vileness of their own national leaders, and left Indochina
to the communists. It was a genuine case of false consciousness.
People’s emotions had been manipulated. The country felt sick in its
gut.

And so the communists won. The killing camps of the North were not
closed until 1986. Hundreds of thousands fled in boats to escape. Many
drowned or were murdered by pirates. In Cambodia the communists
abolished all money and all private property. Everyone was ordered to
wear peasant work-clothes. In other words, the entire urban population
was forced into the countryside. Pol Pot, the communist dictator of
Cambodia at that time, said that only a few thousand Cambodians died in
this process.

But that was not true. According to Pen Sovan, one-time general
secretary of the People’s Revolutionary Party of Kampuchea, Pol Pot had
killed 3.1 million Cambodians. A CIA study later calculated that 3.8
million died in Cambodia from 1975-1979. Reseacher Marek Sliwinski was
more modest in his calculation, putting the figure at over 2 million.
He concluded that approximately 33.9 percent of Cambodia’s male
population and 15.7 percent of the female population died in the initial
period of communist rule.

The GRU and KGB-financed antiwar protesters can believe what they
want. But their action undid America’s battlefield victories and led to
a slaughter that far exceeded anything seen in the actual war. The
Paris peace agreement that was signed in early 1973 was a sham. The
communists violated it before the ink was dry. In Richard Palmer’s
book, “Summons of the Trumpet,” it says that the Soviet Union and China
poured military supplies into North Vietnam after 1973 “while the United
States gradually constricted its own flow of supplies to Saigon.”

This constriction of supplies was effected by the antiwar lobby in
America, which influenced the United States Congress to cut support to
the Republic of Vietnam. There was no reason to restrict the flow of
supplies to our ally. Those supplies represented a very small cost to
us, and no Americans were then involved in the fighting. The Vietnamese
people were
defending themselves. All they needed was fuel, spare parts and
ammunition. More than that, it was what we had promised them. But the
antiwar movement did not care that the communists broke the peace. They
did not care that the communists were the aggressors.

The people that made up the antiwar movement are still with us
today. And this month we should take a moment to remember that
President Clinton was himself an antiwar activist and organizer.

The people the GRU and KGB were financing in this country did not go
away. And their 1975 victory was only the first of many.

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