Counterpunch is a leftist, communist commentary site. It’s sometimes worthwhile to visit the site to see what the enemies of America are thinking. This article is a perfect example of the muddled thinking that passes for “logic” among communists. Of course their goal isn’t truth, so anything can be made to seem logical if one doesn’t think too hard.
Begin with the title. The US was not defeated in Vietnam. South Vietnam was. The US military left Vietnam in 1973. South Vietnam fell in 1975, two years later. When an article begins with a lie in its title, it’s a good bet that the writer is pushing an agenda rather than exposing the truth.
The article closes with this
We could also learn the lesson of the war — and not treat it as a disease called “the Vietnam syndrome” — the lesson that war is immoral and even on its own terms counter-productive. Recognizing that would be the beginning of health..
One has to wonder what the writer thinks about WWII. Was it immoral to defeat Germany, which was exterminating millions of people through starvation and murder and had invaded numerous countries? If that’s your standard of morality, one has to ask. How many people would have to die before you would be willing to go to war? Would you even fight for your own life? Or would you simply lay down and die rather than fight evil?
One thing is certain. A LOT of good Americans were willing to give their lives to put a stop to Hitler’s rampage. A LOT of others were as well, many of whose countries had not (yet!) been invaded. When it comes to moral bearings, those people seem a great deal more honorable than those who argue that war is always immoral.
Of course the communists have never shied away from killing. They’ve killed millions in countries they’ve conquered, including Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia. The killing doesn’t stop when they take over, however. That’s just the beginning of the slaughter. Doesn’t it seem odd that they always accuse their enemies of committing the crimes that they themselves commit routinely as a matter of policy?
This is not to say that America or its leaders are perfect by any stretch of the imagination. I recently pointed out some of the gross malfeasance of our leaders during the Vietnam War. But the idea that America is evil and engages in wars to hurt other people is a recent claim that originated with the North Vietnamese propaganda machine and was repeated faithfully by their fellow travelers, the core of the antiwar movement in the US.
Now they’re angry because (they claim) the history of the war is being somehow covered up or hidden by the Pentagon’s 50th Anniversary Commemoration.
Remember, this was the bad war in contrast to which World War II acquired the ridiculous label “good war.” But the Pentagon is intent on undoing any accurate memory of Vietnam.
On the contrary, the antiwar crowd has held the stage almost exclusively for the past 50 years. They have beaten the drums of “America is evil” and “communism is good” for so long that they actually believe the nonsense. While we can’t depend on the Pentagon to tell the truth about Vietnam, we certainly can’t depend on proven liars to tell it.
Leaders of the US antiwar movement traveled to Vietnam, Cuba, Russia, Austria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany and numerous other places to get their marching orders and to assist the communists in fine tuning their propaganda.1 Now it’s all unraveling as archives all over the world get opened up and researched. For example, the fiction that the Viet Cong was an indigenous revolutionary movement has been completely obliterated by the North Vietnamese records proving control of the southern forces from the beginning.
It’s time for Americans to learn what really happened in Vietnam rather than the grossly distorted version promulgated by agenda-driven communists and their sympathizers. That’s why we exist, and that’s what we intend to do.