Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lost Battles of the Vietnam War 

The popular myth that the US “never lost a battle during the Vietnam War” should finally be put to rest.
“One theme presented by supporters of the American empire is the U.S. military is invincible and can never lose unless stabbed in the back by impatient politicians. They claim the U.S. military never lost a battle during the entire Vietnam war. 

On August 30, 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimed to a gathering of veterans: "But let it be remembered that you won every major battle of that war. Every single one."

…This myth was disputed by America's most decorated officer of that war, Col. David Hackworth, in his book "About Face." The U.S. military had every advantage, yet mistakes were made and battles lost.

...98 lost battles of the Vietnam war:…” 

READ the complete story here:

Soldiers of the southern National Liberation Front  ('Viet Cong') advance in 1968. Three Lions, Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Learn more about the ‘Vietnam War’ from these video interviews with Col. David Hackworth (Ret.)

My Lai Massacre (Video 27:04), and Why the Vietnam War Was Lost: A Stunning Indictment of the Pentagon from an American Soldier (1989) (Video 59:09):

Friday, March 03, 2017

February 27, 2017
As a result of discussions at the time of Tom Hayden's memorial in Los Angeles, the work of the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee will continue.  An interim committee is in formation, with initial members listed below.

Our immediate and urgent priority is to encourage nationwide local readings of Dr. Martin Luther King's speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" on or near April 4th, its 50th anniversary.

One year before his assassination, Dr. King eloquently (and controversially) linked together the struggles for peace in Vietnam and for economic and social justice at home at a meeting organized by Clergy and Laity Concerned in Riverside Church, New York.

To recall its power and importance, watch and share this 2010 documentary from Tavis Smiley Reports on PBS by clicking here
VPCC will also:

  • Encourage and support involvement by former anti-war activists in PBS stations' community outreach programs for Ken Burns' Vietnam Series airing in September.  We will work with others to evaluate and supplement content as needed.
  • Find partners in Washington to honor and learn from the 50th anniversary of the March on the Pentagon on October 21st, a seminal moment in our political and cultural history.
  • Promote even more nationwide readings of the Riverside Church speech on the 50th anniversary of MLK's assassination, April 4, 2018. 
  • Increase the impact of plenary and breakout sessions at the VPCC 2015 conference in Washington by soliciting and circulating written summaries of the on-line videos posted here .  (Volunteers welcome!)
  • Monitor and challenge as necessary the official Pentagon Vietnam war commemoration and time line.

If you wish to be involved in any of these initiatives or to serve on the new VPCC committee, please contact:
Terry Provance
and/or John McAuliff ;

Interim Committee (in formation)

Sally Benson
David Cortright
Ann Gallivan
Susan Hammond
Frank Joyce
Alex Knopp
John McAuliff
Terry Provance
Brewster Rhoads
Richard Walden
Becca Wilson

Reunion of the Indochina Peace Campaign (IPC) beforeTom Hayden's Memorial.

Make April 4th Matter

A Call to Break Silence

April 4, 2017 will be the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic speech, "Beyond Vietnam:  A Time to Break Silence."  In his dramatic address in Riverside Church at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned About Vietnam, Dr. King argued that militarism and war abroad were undermining the struggle against poverty and racism at home.

He witnessed the anti-poverty program being "broken and eviscerated as if it were some idle plaything of a society gone mad on war."  He warned that a nation continuously spending more money on the military than on social uplift, "is approaching spiritual death".

This is a powerful message of enduring value.  It remains relevant today as our government considers greater American military involvement in the Middle East and the President urges "massively rebuilding" the military while cutting social programs.  It is also a reminder of how much our nation has forgotten the lessons of Vietnam and of the anti-war movement and incompletely addressed the humanitarian consequences of that war.

We call on religious organizations, community groups, labor unions, universities, schools, veterans, peace activists and civil rights advocates accross the nation to convene local events on this and future anniversaries.

Let us join together to re-read Dr. King's speech and reflect upon its powerful meaning for today, and let us follow Dr. King in speaking out against racism, poverty and war.

Organization and constituency leaders and individuals are invited to join this call by clicking here   

Three campaigns are underway with project ideas and resources for honoring the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's speech.

King and Breaking Silence (The National Council of Elders)  http://www.kingandbreakingsilence.com

Riverside Church  
The Shalom Center   
Our goal is to broaden their national outreach and to infuse the experience of peace activists into community programs around the country.

What groups are you a member of, or you can approach, with a simple but powerful idea to spiritually and politically deepen the disquiet and activism prompted by the Trump Administration?

  • To read the full text of Dr. King's speech, click here 
  • To hear the full audio, click here 
  • To see the speech divided into sixteen sections for dramatic group presentations, click here
  • To view Dr. King's speech being read last year by religious figures, activists and a member of Congress at Central United Methodist Church in Detroit, click here
Please inform VPCC through Terry Provance of your plans and to suggest effective ways to link the legacy of the anti-war movement to the 50th anniversary of "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence".

Terry Provance ;   


Videos from the
 VPCC conference
and on the draft

"Vietnam: The Power of Protest" is a 50 minute video based on interviews conducted at the conference in Washington produced by Activist Video Archive.  It and the complete interviews of 43 participants can be seen here

The Draft and the Vietnam Generation, a 49-minute documentary by Beth Sanders, tells the stories of young men who faced being drafted to fight in a war they opposed. Their resistance to being drafted not only changed their lives, but shaped American history. Preview it here  www.thedraftproject.com  Purchase a download for at least $10 and the film maker will donate that amount to VPCC.

The Draft, an award-winning stage play by Peter Snoad, chronicles the diverse real-life experiences of 10 young Americans with the Vietnam War draft. The play was filmed during its Boston premiere and the resulting video can now be purchased through the Media Education Foundation. For a full preview, the trailer, a free discussion guide, and ordering information, please visit herehttps://shop.mediaed.org/the-draft-p662.aspx

The script of The Draft can also be used in the classroom or for staged readings or productions of the play (more information at www.vietnamdraftplay.com). 

The Draft is based primarily on Tom Weiner's book, "Called to Serve: Stories of Men and Women Confronting the Vietnam War Draft" another valuable educational resource (www.calledtoserve.com).


Update on Trip to Vietnam, 
 Laos and Cambodia in 2017 

We have heard so far from nine persons interested in joining a group tour of Vietnam in 2017 (with Cambodia and Laos options) that will be organized by the Fund for Reconciliation and Development. It is designed for folks who were active in the peace movement and their families. It offers an opportunity to see the impact of the war, reflect with hosts on the role of anti-war activism, and experience fascinating cultures, histories, geography and cuisines. Meetings with government and US embassy officials focus on contemporary issues, including economic development, trade and the danger of conflict over territorial claims in the South China (a.k.a. East) Sea. Dates and itinerary will be determined in consultation with prospective participants who should write to John McAuliff


Holly Near and Jane Fonda at the IPC reunion.
(photos by Brewster Rhodes)

Tom's final book grew from his work on the letter to the Pentagon and the VPCC Power of Protest conference.  It is available in stores and from Amazon.   

Hell No: The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Peace Movement
     by Tom Hayden
Yale University Press
168 pages

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Peace Movement

An eloquent call to reclaim our history and honor those who resisted the war, from a key architect of the opposition.

By Tom Hayden    JANUARY 5, 2017

Hell, no! Vietnam Veterans Against the War end their 40-hour occupation of the Statue of Liberty, December 1971. (Anthony Camerano / AP)

"...We were a generation divided by big lies and propaganda, although many had finally achieved reconciliation on personal levels. We wanted now to honor Vietnam veterans for their sacrifice and suffering, including the many thousands who had created an unprecedented GI peace movement and led the effort to end the war.

We believed we must put a stop to false and sanitized history; real truth and sharing of stories were crucial to any authentic reconciliation. We had learned, almost accidentally, that the Pentagon was embarked on a congressionally mandated and funded effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war’s escalation in 1965, when the first combat troops were sent to Vietnam...

Even though the Vietnam War ended in a historic US failure, the hawks who supported it have gone on to enjoy comfortable roles in successive administrations. Few of the pro-war pundits, elites, and think-tankers have apologized or resigned since Vietnam. Instead, they have risen in the ranks of the national-security establishment while implementing further military follies based on many of the same assumptions that led to the Vietnam collapse…

The trivializing of the peace movement’s history has distorted the public memory of Dr. King, who opposed the Vietnam War in a speech in August 1965, a few months after the first SDS march on Washington. His most important antiwar orations, delivered in April 1967 at the Riverside Church in New York and at a mass rally in Central Park, were met by angry editorials in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

He was condemned by the Johnson White House, as well as by the leaders of labor and most civil-rights organizations. It was inappropriate, many claimed, for a “Negro spokesman” to stray into the territory of foreign policy. And though his antiwar message is included on the plaque at the King Memorial, he is generally remembered today as a civil-rights leader, not as a man who opposed the Vietnam War and was organizing a Poor People’s Campaign until his last breath. 

The myth persists that freedom can be expanded at home while repression is imposed and massive bombings escalated abroad…

…It is not too late to recover and begin again. This is already happening in the reconciliation process between the Vietnamese and our country. But we must not forget that for the Vietnamese, the war is not fully over. The soil of Vietnam is contaminated with Agent Orange. Unexploded ordnance still covers the landscape. Those deformed by our defoliants will transmit their disabilities to their children for generations. Each generation of Americans has a responsibility to help mitigate this permanent damage.

And yet, by the tens of thousands, American veterans and their families are touring old battlefields, shaking hands and sharing tea with their old enemies. The sentiments of resolution are palpable. So are the feelings experienced by visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

The disaster that began in Vietnam still spirals on as a conflict between empire and democracy. The cycle of war continues its familiar path. Truth, it is said, is war’s first casualty. Memory is its second."

READ the complete article:

TOM HAYDEN Tom Hayden, the former California state assemblyman and senator, author, lifelong activist, and Nation editorial board member, died in Santa Monica on October 23, 2016. He was the author of more than 20 books, including most recently Hell No: The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Peace Movement (Yale) and Listen, Yankee! Why Cuba Matters (Seven Stories).

Friday, February 24, 2017

Mainstream News And USA’s Heroics In Vietnam:
Why The Silence About The 7 Million Dead?

By Jay Janson – February 14, 2017

“The amount of bombs dropped by Americans on the innocent citizens of tiny French Indochina was more than twice the amount of bombs dropped in Europe, Africa and Asia during the Second World War, and this includes bombs  dropped on the cities of Hanoi and Haiphong by American hero Senator John McCain, who proudly ran for president on his military record in spite of Nuremberg Counsel for Prosecution General Telford Taylor having said he would have been proud to have prosecuted US flyers shot down while bombing in Vietnam.[3] 

What mastery of fake news, blacked out news, selected news and outrageously sleazy news discussion, to have been able to continue get a near majority of Americans to accept as heroes, any American who participated in this mega enormous crime against humanity of holocaust proportions visited upon the Buddhist populations of largely farmers in three French colonies seeking independence…”

Read more:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Amnesty International’s propaganda for war has been exposed, yet again.

Amnesty International Admits Syrian "Saydnaya" Report Fabricated Entirely in UK

- By Tony Cartalucci

“...What Amnesty International is engaged in is not "human rights advocacy," but rather politically-motivated war propaganda simply hiding behind such advocacy… 

Amnesty International's report lacked any actual evidence, with its presentation consisting instead of admittedly fabricated images, sounds, maps, and diagrams. Amnesty - lacking actual evidence - instead abused its reputation and the techniques of classical deception to target and manipulate audiences emotionally…

Exposing this technique of openly and shamelessly fabricating the summation of an internationally released report - promoted unquestioningly by prominent Western papers and media platforms, including the BBC, CNN, the Independent, and others - prevents Amnesty and other organizations like it from continuing to use the trappings of science and engineering as cover to deliver monstrous lies to the public.


Fake News: Amnesty International Claims 13,000 Hanged by Syrian Government.

  ~  Watch on YouTube (8:13)  ~

Syriana Analysis addresses the shortcomings of Amnesty report and reveals its poor methodology that does not even meet the lowest mark of scientific or legal veracity.


- Hearsay Extrapolated - Amnesty Claims Mass Executions In Syria, Provides Zero Proof

- Hearsay Extrapolated – Amnesty Claims Mass Hangings In Saydnaya, Syria, Provides Zero Proof

- Amnesty’s Saydnaya execution statistics largely based on guesswork

- Investigation by Jay Tharappel


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Amnesty International: