|Cambodian Genocide Memorial|
150 million people were murdered by communist countries in addition to those killed in war.
|China Mao 1923-48||3,468,000|
The table above shows the number of people murdered by Communists. This is not death from combat. This is murder by government. Governments murdered far more people than those who died in combat. Communists governments were and are the worst mass murderers in history. Source Professor Rummel of the University of Hawaii. hawaii.edu/powerkills.
|Communist countries of the world in 1980. USSR-aligned countries |
in orange and China-aligned in red.
|3,800,000 People Murdered|
The table to the right shows the 3.8 million people murdered in southeast Asia by Communists. This in addition to those killed in the War. Millions more were imprisoned, enslaved, and ethnically cleansed, escaping on boats or walking out of their country. Source: hawaii.edu/powerkills
|American War Protest|
They considered Ho Chi Minh and Pol Pot to be Freedom Fighters. "Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, NLF is sure to Win" was one of their slogans. They thought Communism was an excellent system. They believed that Communists were fighting for freedom and self determination. They contended that the war in southeast Asia was a civil war.
We have largely prevailed over Communism. It has been abandoned in Europe. It is liberalizing and improving in Asia, although China, Laos, North Korea and Vietnam remain totalitarian police states.
|Cambodia Genocide Memorial|
74 A new anti war Congress is elected
74 Congress withdraws all financial and military assistance
75 Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia are defeated
75 Genocide goes into high gear
The Vietnam War was a long and bloody struggle. It would be lost by the first side that gave up. The anti war movement was very important to the NVA, giving them hope throughout the conflict as they watched them denigrate our troops, our allies, and our country.
Lt Calley and his murderers at My Lai committed horrible crimes. Their actions tarnished all of us who served honorably in Vietnam and enabled the anti war movement to convince many Americans that these atrocities were common and intended by the United States Government.
I served in Vietnam for 18 months with the Marine Corps. Most of us fought an honorable war trying to help the Vietnamese people to avoid a communist takeover and genocide. But you can never tell that from all the lies and exaggerations. This blog is intended to help set that record straight.
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
"This much we pledge—and more. To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do—for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder."
Quote from Colonel Bui Tin NVA
|Jane Fonda with Vietnamese Communists|
news over the radio at 9 a.m. to follow the growth of the American antiwar movement. Visits to Hanoi by people like Jane Fonda and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ministers gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses. We were elated when Jane Fonda, wearing a red Vietnamese dress, said at a press conference that she was ashamed of American actions in the war and that she would struggle along with us.
|Total Number of People Who died||Total||Per Cent|
|People who died in the Vietnam War from combat||882,000||18.3%|
|Murdered by Communists in Vietnam||1,670,000||34.7%|
|Murdered by Communists in Cambodia||2,035,000||42.3%|
|Murdered by Communists in Laos||130,000||2.7%|
|Murdered by South Vietnam||90,000||1.9%|
|Murdered by Americans||6,000||0.1%|