The American people of the early
50's, and their media, often seemed unaware that
they were sending young men to fight and die in Korea.
But they never betrayed us.
Questionable Media accuracy, as about
No Gun Ri, suggests it may be
prudent to evaluate the objectivity of
To many veterans, specific media
elements during Vietnam and Iraq consistently made
reports of questionable truthfulness. Some consider
media treatment of Vietnam veterans as
shameless character assassination.
One media favorite has always been Jane
Fonda, a person so loathed by veterans that her image
decorates many Veterans' Club urinals even
In fact, as with all human activities,
Ms. Fonda's actions are subject to differing
interpretations. The problem is to find interpretations
which suggest objectivity, the principal requirement
for intellectual honesty, and the principal duty of a
In the case of Ms. Fonda, that problem
With Jane Fonda ... nee movie queen,
nee pampered child of privilege, media mega-mogul Ted
Turner's former spouse, ever a media darling ...
one basic truth should be kept in mind:
Ms. Fonda was dubbed by Viet Nam vets
with another name. It shouldn't be forgotten how
she earned it.
Jane Fonda gave aid and comfort to our
enemy, while ordinary American citizens were fighting
and dying. She did great emotional injury and injustice
to all Viet Nam veterans, and their families.
Far worse, she did great harm to all
American citizens, because she helped polarize us
against our government, and against each other.
"Truth", is all too often
only subjective opinion, even with the best of
intentions. The polarization Ms. Fonda helped encourage
has gone far beyond expectation of legitimate
differences in interpretation, it has led to general
distrust. Distrust of those with differing political
and religious convictions, of those with differing skin
color, of our elected officials.
One positive by-product, it has helped
make us aware of the need to always keep in mind the
possible bias of those empowered to decide what can be
presented to us as fact and significance, in
today's current events.
That is the point of this site.
Healing will only come with
As with all times of contradictory
philosophies surrounded by violence and death, there is
much biased opinion, unverified information, and
disinformation about the Viet Nam war.
Typical is the portrayal Ms. Fonda made
of the idyllic life under Communism, and her
attribution of the war as an effort of colonization by
a Republican administration and President Nixon.
She, and indeed all of today's
Media, uses "McCarthyism" as synonymous with
hysterical Red Bashing, and regards the blacklisted
Communist Sympathizers of his era as heroic idealists.
Ignored is that the Truman administration refused to
indict Alger Hiss for treason and instead attempted to
crucify Whitaker Chambers, who exposed Hiss as a
communist. The USSR's own records show there were
countless murders of political opponents in all
communist countries. Not least so in South Vietnam
after we betrayed and abandoned them.
The facts were always obvious, if
ignored by Ms. Fonda:
- It is historical record that our involvement in
the Viet Nam war occurred long after North Viet Nam
had fully committed to Communist
"colonization" of the South.
- It is historical record that a Republican
administration refused to enter Vietnam.
- President Eisenhower relied on the judgment
of our finest advisors (the Ridgeway Report)
rather than political expediency, in deciding
that the military requirements for such a war
exceeded the probable importance to our National
- It is historical record that our entry into the
war, and its total mis-management, was initiated and
prosecuted by a Democrat administration, and
- The agony of the Vietnam war was finally
ended during a Republican administration,
under President Nixon.
- South Vietnam was only defeated, with tens of
thousands of subsequent deaths in "Re-education
Camps," after the Anti Vietnam movement
encouraged a feckless Congress to ignore our promises
of logistic support to South Vietnam and, ultimately,
All these facts have consistently been
ignored by Ms. Fonda in her continuing derision of the
ordinary Americans who make our country the bulwark of
Democracy we are.
Indeed, " Ms. Fonda was dubbed by
Viet Nam vets with another name."
Indeed, "It shouldn't be
forgotten how she earned it."
Sadly, Ms. Fonda has herself been the
target of deliberate untruth. As though her actions
were not contemptible enough without embellishment, a
number of totally false
stories about her have been circulated lately,
The terrible loneliness and
vulnerability of those who were captured by an inhumane
and alien enemy is self-evident to all. Perhaps for
that reason the POWs were selected by some sick person
or group to try and magnify the evil of her
To keep an objective awareness of Ms.
Fonda's actions, and help fairly evaluate our
media, you should attempt to verify personally any
pertinent accounts, pro or con.