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Subject:         I believe this tells it all--

This September 24 anti-American mobilization must be countered.
 
Susan
 
Unity in US anti-war movement
Kavkaz Center - Istanbul,Turkey
 
Unity in U.S. anti-war movement

Few days ago, about 100 representatives and leaders of the anti-war movement met in Washington, DC, to discuss primarily how to create the  strongest internal unity, particularly regarding the September 24 national anti-war mobilization to be held in Washington, DC.

 

Facilitated by a prominent African American minister, an African American Muslim Imam, and a Native American civil rights activist, the discussion sometimes delved into negative past interactions between the national anti-war coalitions, United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) and Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER); possible communication disconnect between local member groups and the leadership bodies of these coalitions; and the potential neglect of the global justice movement (given that the annual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings were taking place in Washington the same weekend, and events already were being planned by anti-corporate globalization groups such as the Mobilization for Global Justice, 50 Years is Enough, and Jubilee 2000).

 

Much of the 3-hour meeting, however, focused on the possibility of unifying around a common theme for the anti-war calls to action, and the marches and rallies for that weekend of action.

 

In order to justify the following proposal for future political direction of the anti-war movement, it is necessary to assess the barriers and opportunities the movement faces at this moment.

 

In very recent months there have been exciting, almost unbelievable occurrences that open up major space for the movement.  The Downing Street memos present the necessary evidence that clearly demonstrate the Bush Administration's deliberate misleading of the U.S. Congress in order to pre-emptively attack Iraq.  Incredibly, the memos have inspired previously reticent bipartisan members of Congress to begin inquiries into possible impeachment of Bush and his neocon cronies.

 

Opinion polls now show that upwards of 60% of the U.S. population is not in favor of the occupation of Iraq.  When public support fell to such numbers in the Vietnam era, the tide soon turned successful for the anti-war movement.

 

Military recruitment is in severe crisis.  ABC and other mainstream news sources report that the regular Army missed its recruiting goals for three straight months entering May, falling short by 42% in April.  The Army was 16% behind its May goal of 80,000 recruits in fiscal 2005.

 

The Marine Corps missed its goal for signing up new recruits for four straight months entering May and was 2% behind its year-to-date goal. It is aiming for 38,195 recruits in fiscal 2005.

 

These precipitous declines in new recruits, particularly the decrease in numbers of people of color, is worsened by the often spontaneous yet highly organized counter-recruitment campaigns being borne in towns big and small, and on college and high school campuses across the country.

 

These crises have forced unconvincing whitewashing public assertions from Bush and Cheney that the U.S. military is somehow winning in Iraq and bringing democracy to Iraqis.  Although still sorely lacking in volume and substance, corporate media are increasing their coverage of the problems facing the Bush Administration and its military.

 

All of this undoubtedly presents a system full of cracks.  This is the system of U.S. imperialism, whose path is paved by U.S. military plunder, intervention, and threat across the globe: from Iraq to Palestine, from Venezuela to Cuba, from Syria to Lebanon, from North Korea to Haiti, from Latin America to Africa.

 

Each of these targeted countries and regions comprises an arm, a leg, a bone, an organ of U.S. imperialism.  Put together they embody an ugly, beastly creature, some parts of which are stronger than others.

 

Importantly for us here and now, the weakest body part of all is that of Iraq.

 

Iraq is now the Achilles heel of the beast, the U.S. government's drive for empire.  Battered, raw, exposed, this point must be focused on by the anti-Imperialist Left in the United States: Efforts must continue to strike away at this concentrated weakness.

 

It is a crucial moment and a critical decision.  Not because the Haitians, the Palestinians, the domestic poor and abused are any less deserving of liberation, but because ultimately a victory of the Iraqi people against the U.S. war machine is a victory for liberation struggles around the globe.  A military defeat in Iraq will infuse confidence into struggles everywhere, as it did when the U.S. military was forced to withdraw from Vietnam.  And the U.S. military is indeed losing, despite the unconvincing bravadura recently displayed by Bush, Cheney, and the other warmongers.

 

Thus, the focus on Iraq and bringing the troops home is ultimately strategic, "strategizing" being a mode of practice in which a unified Left must re-adopt in order to win back the gains and confidence it lost through reactionary right-wing assaults since the McCarthy era.

 

Bearing the weight and responsibility of all the deserving struggles in the world disadvantages the Left at this moment for two reasons.  Most importantly, it creates severe barriers to entry into the movement, ultimately limiting the numbers of people we must be mobilizing in the streets.  Taking noble and justified stances such as unconditional support for the Iraqi resistance and Palestinian right of return shuts the door of engagement between the movement and groups such as Iraq Veterans Against the War and Military Families Speak Out.  These groups, as we learned in Vietnam, must be the backbone of today's anti-war movement in order for us to succeed in our quest for peace.

 

Taking on too many themes and messages also casts a negative light on the movement by the corporate mass media.  The Fourth Estate has become increasingly unable to competently develop and present any message beyond a 10-second sound-byte, instead mocking those who try to build cohesive and comprehensive communication.

 

In addition, forcing a laundry list of the numerous targets of U.S. Empire onto each demonstration and event necessitates complex ideological battles with potential members of the anti-war movement.  Instead of narrowing the entry point at the start, we instead must open the door widely, building the trust that will in turn open minds and hearts, and it is when we are side by side on the streets that we can more successfully make the tedious effort of politically dialoguing with new recruits to our movement, explaining connections, history, agendas, and positions.

 

What can be seamlessly integrated are the concerns and issues of the global justice, anti-capitalist movement.  Costs of the war and occupation of Iraq, the appointment of Paul Wolfowitz, and the anti-imperialist nature of the anti-war movement are aspects congruent to both movements.

 

A fusion of the anti-war and anti-capitalist movements in the United States will unquestionably strengthen both, boosting the U.S. Left immeasurably.

 

Conclusion

 

Calling for "Bringing the Troops Home Now" is not dumping down the message.  It is being patiently and wisely strategic.  In a game of chess against a master -- and we are indeed facing a most organized and efficient systemic evil -- we can win only by being as methodically focused as our opposition.

 

The immediate urgency for unity within the U.S. anti-war movement demands that we build the largest, broadest mobilizations possible -- with the unquestionable long-term intention to 1) build trust among ourselves; 2) educate about the absolute linkages among global struggles; and 3) make the promise to continue hacking away limb by limb that of the Imperial Beast.  Only when we unify strategically and deliberately for the long-run can we create the glorious world we all know is possible and necessary.

 

Agencies

2005-08-08 00:06:50
 
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Associated Press Archives:

   Duc Duc Resettlement Village Massacre   March/April 1971  Pictures and Stories

 
To Whom It May Concern,
      I'd greatly appreciate details of how I can get copies of the above subject line.
 
      Back in March/April 1971, a massacre take place of the Duc Duc Resettlement Village in Vietnam, where hundreds of peasant men, women and children were killed and wounded.  The number of homes burned down ranged from 800 to 2,000.  
 
I heard from an eyewitness and participate of the battle that the Associated Press covered the massacre well, but for various reasons, the news outlets did not choose to cover the story in depth; or not at all.
 
     I'm interested in the Associated Press stories and pictures, because I lived (24/7) in the Duc Duc Resettlement Village from April 1970 to mid-August 1970.  Many of those people were our actual friends.   I left seven months before, the village's massacre by the Vietnamese terrorists.
 
    I served in the Marine Corps'  CAP 2-9-2, which was (mobile) stationed in the village.   Back in 1968, the CAP Team was known as NOVEMBER 3 and was stationed in the village in a small defensive compound.  
(You can read a story about a TET 68 attack on the village at:  http://home.earthlink.net/~americancivilactions/sapper_attack_003.htm )
 
   As I mentioned earlier, many of these people were friends of Americans.  Personally, I strongly feel the village was attacked, because of this friendship and support of Americans, while we lived in the village.  (They kept us a live just as much as we kept them a live.  The terrorists hated us both.)   Even back in 1968, the peasants were being beaten and killed for supporting Americans in the village.   The next link has an interesting 1968 story of our village:    http://home.earthlink.net/~americancivilactions/sapper_attack_003.htm
 
Although the massacre happened over 34 years ago, it is an example of what could happen today across Iraq, when we withdraw our troops.   By posting details about the Duc Duc Resettlement Village Massacre on the internet, hopefully it will cut back the chances of it being repeated in Iraq.
           Jack Cunningham    http://www.CapVeterans.com      http://home.earthlink.net/~americans_who_lived_as_peasants  
 
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http://www.augustafreepress.com/stories/storyReader$36067
Montagnards violently forced back to Vietnam

Guest View

Mike Benge

The Augusta Free Press

Ninety-four Montagnard Christians who sought asylum in Cambodia were recently forcibly and violently returned to Vietnam, while United Nations High Commission on Refugees personnel stood by and did nothing. Cambodian police set up roadblocks in order to block journalists and human-rights monitors from the building where UNHCR housed the Montagnards and the area where buses were waiting to take them back to Vietnam.


The Montagnards, fearing for their lives, pacifically sat on the floor of the UNHCR building holding hands and praying. Uniformed storm troops with AK-47 assault rifles slung over their shoulders, wielding heavy batons and high-voltage electric cattle prods, waded in among the Montagnards, indiscriminately striking and shocking men, women and children who offered no resistance. According to a Human Rights Watch report, "The police made no attempt at negotiation. ... Instead, they began to beat and drag people out, one by one."

Eyewitnesses reported that the Montagnards were dragged out of the facility by their arms, legs and, in several cases, by their hair with their heads striking the concrete floor. Police beat at least one woman with a baby strapped to her back, and kicked other women repeatedly in their stomachs. They beat individuals with batons and used electric prods to inflict shock, both as they were boarding and after they were seated on the buses. The screams and wails of the injured Montagnards were overwhelming.

It is unknown if the troops were Vietnamese or Cambodian, but an eyewitness said they heard commands being given in Vietnamese. Since Phnom Penh's police chief, Hok Lundi, is a Vietnamese, and Hanoi maintains a large contingent of special forces in a compound next to that of Cambodia's communist prime minister, Hun Sen, it would not be surprising that the troops were Vietnamese.

Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, stated, "The use of unnecessary force shows just how little the Cambodian government cares about police discipline and about the well-being of the Montagnards. Moreover ... the police's use of excessive force violates an agreement Cambodia signed with UNHCR and Vietnam in January 2005. The agreement provides ... that UNHCR will work with the governments of Cambodia and Vietnam to 'bring back (to Vietnam) in an orderly and safe fashion' and 'in conformity with national and international law' those Montagnards who do not agree to either resettle abroad or voluntarily return to Vietnam. Cambodia, through the behavior of its police, has violated international human-rights principles, its own laws, and the agreement it signed with UNHCR and Vietnam. ... This was not a safe return; it was an unnecessarily violent one."
Nevertheless, some, but not all, of the Montagnards who were forcibly returned had called relatives in the United States and said they wanted to be resettled. However when the Montagnards first arrived in Cambodia, they had been misled by agents within the camp and were told the only way UNHCR would let them stay is if when interviewed they must say the reason they fled Vietnam was they belonged to the Dega church and were being persecuted because they wanted their ancestral land back.

The Vietnamese communists have banned the Dega church, claiming that it isn't a true religion because it mixes land issues with religion and is a separatist-political movement. Under communism, all land belongs to the state, and the Montagnards have been relegated to such small parcels of nutrient-poor land that most often they cannot grow enough food to feed their families. Even these small parcels are taken from families of refugees who flee to Cambodia and have been resettled in the U.S. These misinformed Montagnards were then rejected because they didn?t fit UNHCR's perceived criteria.

Many of this group had fled their villages in the Central Highlands in Vietnam after a communist crackdown on what started out as a passive prayer vigil last Easter weekend that soon become became violent when Vietnamese police and troops waded into the praying Montagnards and indiscriminately began clubbing men, women and children. Reportedly scores of Montagnards were killed, and hundreds beaten, some senseless, with shovels and clubs with nails in them resulting in serious injuries. Many fled into the jungle, and an unknown number died of starvation and disease in an attempt to gain sanctuary in Cambodia. Many more were captured and killed or sent to gulags in Vietnam. Crossing the Cambodian border and seeking asylum in Cambodia is considered a crime by the Vietnamese communists, a violation of national security and national unity, and is punishable by prison sentences up to 15 years.

One boy fleeing to Cambodia with his father got separated from him and caught by the Vietnamese. He was taken to a police station and tortured for several days in an attempt to get him to reveal the names of those who were helping the Montagnards cross into Cambodia; something he did not know. He was later released and escaped to Cambodia and was able to rejoin his father. Both were in the group of 94 that were refouled back to Vietnam and will inevitably be tortured, and if they survive, will be given long-term prison sentences or disappear into one of the many gulags in Vietnam.

The refoulment of refugees, who fear repercussions, without a viable independent monitoring system in place to ensure their safety after their return violates UNHCR's mandate. Such a system does not exist. This isn't the first time that UNHCR rejected Montagnard refugees and sent them back to Vietnam and an unknown fate. In a sorry attempt to provide a thinly disguised veil to claim that a monitoring system exists, Hanoi allowed a UNHCR employee, Vu Anh Son - a Vietnamese - to go to the Central Highlands and visit some of the returnees for a very short time, but only in the presence of communist police. Out of utter fear of repercussions toward themselves and their families, the Montagnards have no choice but to say they are being treated well. Their fear in only reinforced when the UNHCR representative is a Vietnamese citizen - seen by the Montagnards as a fox in the henhouse. Even then, Vu Anh Son was only allowed to visit about two-thirds of the returnees, and UNHCR no idea if the others are dead or alive.

A chorus of senators and congressmen protested to the State Department and to the American embassies in Cambodia and Vietnam in an attempt to stop the Montagnards' forcible return to Vietnam, but this seemed to have fallen on deaf ears. After the Montagnards' refoulment, State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said that the U.S. raised "objections to this involuntary repatriation with both the governments of Cambodia and Vietnam" and is "disappointed that these individuals were repatriated before an internationally-staffed monitoring program was in place in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and before other solutions could be considered for these individuals."

Vietnam?s prime minister, Phan Van Khai, was recently honored by with a meeting with President Bush at the White House. He was also wined and dined by representatives of American companies doing business in Vietnam, where unions are banned and Hanoi provides them with cheap labor. Prior to and during his visit, Khai promised the State Department and President Bush that Vietnam would ease up on religious persecution and human-rights abuses. How could anyone believe this when the Vietnamese communists have never honored an agreement they have made with the U.S.? The recent happenings in Cambodia prove that history repeats itself - empty promises once again.

The Montagnards were among the U.S.'s most loyal allies during the Vietnam War, and it is estimated that one-half of the adult male population were killed fighting for the Americans. Without them, there would be scores more American names on that somber black wall - the Vietnam Memorial. This is shameful treatment of our former allies, and don't think for a minute that the world isn?t taking note.
 
The author spent 11 years in Vietnam as a Foreign Service officer, and worked closely with the Montagnards during that time. Of those 11 years, five were as a prisoner of war. Upon release in 1973, the author returned as a volunteer to Vietnam and continued working with the Montagnards until the communist takeover in 1975. The author continues to work with the Montagnards in the U.S. and on behalf of those remaining in Vietnam as senior advisor to the Montagnard Human Rights Organization based in North Carolina.  The views expressed by op-ed writers do not necessarily reflect those of management of The Augusta Free Press.

 
WHETHER  INTENTIONAL  OR  NOT...
 
Back in April 1971, as John Kerry was appearing on television talk shows around America condemning his brother and sister Vietnam vets for being Baby-Killers and Village-Burners, he was helping cover up the Duc Duc Massacre.    http://www.capveterans.com/the_duc_duc_resettlement_village
 

Investigate New Jersey's Office of Attorney Ethics Vice-Chairman Robert Correale and his Law Firm
 
Due to this major Conflict of Interest within New Jersey's Office of Attorney Ethics, the New Jersey Government should call for an investigation outside the Office of Attorney Ethics on their Vice-Chairman Robert Correale, Esq. and his Law Firm . 
    Since I'm a disabled, PTSD Veteran, I requested the Federal Department of Justice (DOJ) to please carry out this investigation due to this major Conflict of Interest in the State of New Jersey, but the DOJ refused.   The DOJ wrote that I had to have this resolved in New Jersey.   Since I felt that New Jersey didn't give me Equal Rights Of State Laws, I felt my civil rights were being violated under Statue II of the Disability Act.
Please do me a favor and visit this webpage to learn the details:   http://www.americans-working-together.com/id78.html

The American Military aims to remove the stigma from seeking therapy for post-combat stress.
(The story at the below link.)
 
PTSD has the real STIGMA.   Sadly, many Americans still have the image of Rambo in their minds, when it comes to PTSD Veterans...
 
This image must be replaced with the Truth...
 
 
 
 

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It’s time that all Americans find out why Jane Fonda was never charged for treason.   Who has the answers?   (She's about to do it again!    And America's children are again at risk!)        
 
     Bringing Jane Fonda to the attention of the American People is the responsibility of Federal politicians...  not Vietnam Vets!   Why was Jane Fonda (and John Kerry) not charged for treason.
 
 
 
 
A  "PRO SE"   PTSD  VIETNAM  VET  WINS  A  LEGAL  MALPRACTICE  CASE  AGAINST  A  STATE'S  VICE-CHAIRMAN  OF  ATTORNEY  ETHICS.
 
 
LINKS  TO  REMEMBER
 
Here's a link (military) that will send a message to a brave man or woman in our military.
"Give a shout to a soldier today."

http://www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil

 

National  Medical  War  Memorial  and  Youth  Education  Center  Project

http://home.earthlink.net/~proudvietnamveteran/americans_working_together/id36.html

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HILLARY'S  2008  RUN  FOR  PRESIDENT
 
 
VIETNAM'S   OVER  30  YEARS  OF  COMMUNISM
 
 
A  WAR  MASSACRE  THAT  THE  AMERICAN  NEWS  MEDIA  DID  NOT  COVER
 
 
THE  PEACE  CORPS  VOLUNTEERS  WITH  RIFLES
 
 
NEW  JERSEY  ATTORNEY  ETHICS  PROTECTS  ONE  OF  THEIR  VICE-CHAIRMAN
 
 
DISABLED  VIETNAM  VETERAN  ISOLATED  AND  FORGOTTEN  BY  HIS  GOVERNMENT
 
 
ARE  FLOODED  GRAVES  THE  BEST  THAT  WE  CAN  DO  FOR  OUR  VETERANS
 
 
Termite went to Iraq to help two nations.