15 February 2004

By Regis H. Murphy, Jr.
GKO Contributing Writer

Since first learning about General Giap during a project in the eighth grade, I have found him interesting and respected him even though he indirectly attempted to kill me! General Giap was responsible for the defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and the author of tactics that have offered grief to every army that has opposed them. That surprisingly even includes the Army of the Peoples Republic of China in the seventies! That's why it surprised me to learn in his 1985 memoir about our war, General Vo Nguyen Giap wrote that if it weren't for organizations like Kerry's Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Hanoi would have surrendered to the U.S.! Knowing what I've learned of General Giap and the North Vietnamese leaders of that time, I believe they would have sued for peace and attempted to win over the whole country via a different tactic, the vote, but the shooting war and thus the loss of life would have ceased. I find it difficult to believe, however, that they would have surrendered without conditions. But who can offer with authority now what would have happened should the North Vietnamese not have received support from such organizations such as the VVAW and highly visible individuals like Jane Fonda and Kerry?

The Vietnam Veterans Against the War encouraged people to desert, mutiny and even tried to justify the 'fragging' of officers. If organizations like that would even attempt to exist in most countries of the world, I'm sure they would not continue to operate for long against their military and certainly not the government! I believe agencies like the VVAW take advantage of our liberalism and should not have the chance to harm us. What do you think?

Both friend and foe for his reputation as a soldier and nationalist who never modified his position for political gain respect General Giap. On the other hand, Kerry is a person who will prostitute his position on any given day and issue for his own advantage. Benedict Arnold was a decorated 'war hero' who would have probably supported Kerry today. Would you really want Kerry to have the power to send your children into harm's way? His record shows that he may change his position on any situation at any time if the pressure gets too much for him to keep a clear vision for his personal success.

Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North said, "John Kerry has blood of American soldiers on his hands" and predicted the Vietnam War issue "is going to blow up in Kerry's face." I for one agree with LTC North.

It may seem strange to some that it is easier for me to take the word of an 'enemy general' than the word of an American politician, but that is a fact of life and as they say a 'reality' check. What a 'comical tragedy' that some people who vow to protect us are recognized as 'allies' by some of our enemies!

Voters beware!

That's my opinion. This Is Still America!

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Allan B. Colombo