The Vietnam litmus test

By Joseph Farah

I have a simple litmus test for sorting out the honorable Vietnam anti-war protesters from the dishonorable ones.

With the nation’s attention refocused on this war at John Kerry’s insistence, it’s a good time to revisit this tried-and-true formula for sorting out those who had legitimate beefs with American foreign policy from those who embraced the cause of the enemy.

Here’s the simple test.

After the U.S. troops pulled out, after the U.S. pulled the plug on all military aid to the South Vietnamese and after the bloodbath that occurred as a result, what did the Vietnam War protester have to say?

The answer to that simple question defines for me who were the “peaceniks” and who were the agents working on behalf of the totalitarian communists in Hanoi, Moscow and Beijing.

Some of the anti-war activists did speak out against the horrors, against the killing fields, against the refugee crisis that was created by the slaughter. Joan Baez comes to mind as one who spoke out. She even tried to enlist some of her former allies in the anti-war movement to join her.

But some didn’t.

Among those who didn’t were Jane Fonda and John Kerry.

And that’s when I became convinced, for the first time, that John Kerry wasn’t just a Navy lieutenant who got disenchanted with the war. I believe he was and remains an active agent for an anti-American, anti-freedom political agenda.

This is how you separate the sheep from the goats of the anti-war movement. It’s a simple, ingenious, nearly 100 percent accurate way to sort the decent people from the treacherous.

There are a surprising number of anti-war activists who could never bring themselves to see the dark side of the totalitarian communists – even 30 years later.

Some like Noam Chomsky, a Kerry backer, deny to this day even the thoroughly documented holocaust that occurred in neighboring Cambodia under the direction of the Maoist Khmer Rouge following the fall of Vietnam.

Kerry seems to have a passion to whitewash Vietnam’s evil legacy.

Human-rights groups have been trying to get Washington to confront Vietnam’s communist leaders for torturing and killing its people – especially minority ethnic and religious groups like Christians.

Among Vietnam’s 81.6 million people are 6.3 million Christians, including 1.1 million evangelicals – with an estimated 250,000 Hmong believers. Evangelicals are growing at an annual rate above 6 percent, according to Operation World. The country’s communist masters distrust the Hmong because they helped U.S. forces during the Vietnam War.

Last year, Representatives Tom Davis, R-Va., Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., Chris Smith, R-N.J., Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Ed Royce, R-Calif., unveiled House Resolution 427, a document produced by the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam. H.R. 427 called on the State Department to designate Vietnam a “country of particular concern” for “egregious, systematic and ongoing abuses of religious freedom.”

Once so designated, a country faces sanctions that could include economic sanctions on trade or aid.

Activists also lobbied for passage of the Vietnam Human Rights Act, which would prohibit non-humanitarian aid to Vietnam until the government stops violating the rights of its people. The Vietnam Human Rights Act passed the House by a 410–1 vote last year. But John Kerry single-handedly worked to put it on hold in the U.S. Senate.

It is actions like that, along with the way he actively covered up the evidence the Vietnamese knew more than they were telling about MIAs and POWs in the 1990s, that convince me Kerry is not just misguided, not just super-ambitious, not just wrong-headed.

Actions like that make him complicit in the horror.

Actions like that demonstrate a loyalty, a consistency to a dark ideology rather than to American ideals.

Actions like that suggest to me the man is evil.