by Jay Janson
May 5th, 2010
April 30, 2010 Vietnamese celebrated, many in sorrow for lost loved
ones, the 35th anniversary of its costly victory over the mass
murdering Army, Navy and Air force of the United States of America.
April 30, 1975 brought independence thirty years after President
Truman cruelly went back on Roosevelt's promise that colonies freed
from Japanese occupation would not be given back to European powers,
and treacherously turned against Ho Chi Minh, America's decorated
ally during the Second World War.
Truman used Nationalist Chinese, British and even Japanese troops to
thwart the independent nation Ho had proclaimed from the balcony of
the Hanoi Opera House with high American and British Officers
standing alongside him. Then Truman brought back the French colonial
army in U.S. ships.
The same heartless capitalist-imperialists who convinced Truman to
frighten the Soviet Union by atom bombing Japan twice wanted to help
the capitalist parties of France improve their position with voters
by regaining its Indochinese colonies. The Communist party in France
was extremely popular for its war time heroics against the Nazi occupation.
During the administrations of six presidents America and Americans
crucified Laos, Vietnam and finally Cambodia. Nevertheless,
Vietnamese, except for complaining about U.S. failure to care for
Agent Orange victims including massive amount of children still being
born with crippling deformities, appear to have little resentment
No point in going over the napalm, the heavy high altitude carpet
bombing, biological warfare and the atrocities committed on the
ground in villages all over South Vietnam. What is not so well known
is the even greater suffering during the post 1975 monstrous economic
warfare practiced viciously with the same disregard that it bombed
and butchered before 1975.
Today, too many Americans still hail anyone who willingly went to
Vietnam and followed orders to kill Vietnamese as Communists. The
Communists are still there but the U.S. is now a "friend' in keeping
with its money making investments.
One day the American capitalist empire, so brutal in economic
dominance and so homicidal in its wild and internationally unhindered
use of a devastating ever more high tech military, will fall. (As do
When that happens the Vietnamese will not have to hold their tongue
in deference to their trading relationship with a United States able
to punish it again at will.
Sweet and pleasant-natured destiny accepting Buddhist though they be,
the Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians will be able to freely
express their holding the capitalist society of Americans accountable
for its many years of senseless, ignorant and merciless horrific and
beastly insanity toward a people on the other side of the world which
had expected quite the opposite behavior.
And out of this sick body-count nation of an America asleep to the
most minimum decency toward its mass media designated enemies, will
be born a nation of much kinder Americans feeling similarly awakened
as did Germans when forced to realize their nation's holocaust guilt.
But Americans might go deeper to the source of such widespread
insanity; namely, a pathetically desperate capitalist, controlling
media to maximize accumulation of private wealth with absolutely no
moral impediment permitted.
Think how many Americans were never on the United States side during
the U.S. war in Vietnam? How many of us were completely on the side
of the Vietnamese just as Jane Fonda dramatized? How many of us are
informed enough to see that the roots of imperialist wars are in the
capitalist political economy all around us?
We will appreciate the Vietnamese not letting the rest of us forget
what was done to them in the name of anti-Communism. or to put it
positively, in the name, and for the urgencies, of Capitalists.
Jay Janson, spent eight years as Assistant Conductor of the Vietnam
Symphony Orchestra in Hanoi and also toured, including with Dan
Tai-son, who practiced in a Hanoi bomb shelter. The orchestra was
founded by Ho Chi Minh,and it plays most of its concerts in the Opera
House, a diminutive copy of the Paris Opera. In 1945, our ally Ho,
from a balcony overlooking the large square and flanked by an
American Major and a British Colonel, declared Vietnam independent.
Everyone in the orchestra lost family, "killed by the Americans" they
would mention simply, with Buddhist un-accusing acceptance. Jay can
be reached at: email@example.com.