Below are pictures of the VFP ad in Variety magazine. The placement in the magazine was optimum. A big step forward for VFP and truth. Tens of thousands of people will see this. Thank all of you who donated and thanks to VFP National for doing their part to make this happen.
VFP Los Angeles members of Chapter 007 met in North Hollywood at the Saban Media Center Television Academy 5210 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601
Interfaith Communities United for Justice & Peace (ICUJP) and Veterans for Peace, Los Angeles mustered an Informational PICKET at the Television Academy (to prevent the next war).
NO EMMYS For KEN BURNS and the twisted history in his PBS series “THE VIETNAM WAR” Ken Burns and co-director Lynn Novick, side with the Pentagon and smear the peace movement.
VFP 007 members in attendance: Viet Nam veterans Chapter president Michael Lindley, Andrew Nisbet, Larry Abbott, along with associate member Kathleen Hernandez, ICUJP actor Dave Clennon, and 350.org member Marian Gordon (wife of Larry Abbott)
Toward an honest commemoration of the American War in Vietnam
The Full Disclosure campaign is a Veterans For Peace effort to speak truth to power and keep alive the antiwar perspective on the American war in Viet Nam — which is being commemorated during this decade with a series of 50th anniversary events. Full Disclosure represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon’s current efforts to sanitize and mythologize that war, and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars.
March 30-July 1972 The PAVN (People’s Army of Viet Nam) and the NLF begin a major offensive. The goal of Easter Offensive, officially known as The 1972 Spring – Summer Offensive, (also called the Nguyen Hue (Nguyễn Huệ) offensive) was to win a decisive victory in 1972 or at least improve the revolutionary position for future peace talks. The 3-pronged attacks began in the north, center, and south of the country. Massed North Vietnamese Army artillery open a shattering barrage, targeting South Vietnamese positions across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Upwards of 20,000 PAVN troops cross the DMZ, forcing the South Vietnamese units into a retreat. The Southern defense is thrown into complete chaos. Intelligence reports had predicted a Northern attack, but no one had expected it to come across the DMZ. A week after the launch of the offensive, Nixon decides to respond with a massive air campaign against the North. The campaign was by far the largest and most comprehensive of the war, using a wide variety of aircraft as well as new ‘smart’ bombs. The US committed 74 tactical squadrons to the attack. In addition, six aircraft carriers were assigned to the bombing mission as well as over 100 B-52 bombers. For the first time, the US places mines in Haiphong Harbor to cut off the North Vietnamese from foreign support.
The South Vietnamese with heavy American air support are able to turn back the attack after a month and a half. The city of Loc Ninh (Lộc Ninh), located close to the Cambodian border subsequently became the capital of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam (PRGSVN), a distinction it held until it was disbanded after the war. While US bombing and a stiffened ARVN defense was able to turn back the PAVN and NLF offensive, it remains politically impossible to reintroduce sufficient U.S. combat troops to stem the PAVN drive. With his policy of Vietnamization at stake, Nixon implements a massive buildup of air power in Southeast Asia and a broadening of the eligible targets.
2016 National Book Award Finalist, Viet Thanh Nguyen:
“All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory . . . . Memory is haunted, not just by ghostly others but by the horrors we have done, seen, and condoned, or by the unspeakable things from which we have profited.”
This is an excellent and correct article. I hope it’s message is heeded.
From another veteran of that American war on Vietnam
For those who lived through that war, are you going to believe your lying eyes and ears, or are you going to believe the “official” history of the war?
For those who didn’t live through that period, we veterans are against rewarding Burns and Novick for a false narrative. You should be too.
When I got to Vietnam aboard my ship the Westchester County LST 1167 we patrolled waters and supported combat helicopters, and riverine boats all the way at the southern tip of South Vietnam. It struck me that in 1969 we could be fighting so far away from our so called adversary, the North Vietnamese. I thought if we are only fighting the local Viet Cong then why are we there, what are we doing. If the local people do not want us there and are willing to fight us all the way in the south then this makes no sense. Ken Burns barely mentioned us in the south and the southern fight of the Viet Cong.
Absolutely Wonderful ! When politicians and the rich start sending their kids to war, I’ll start believing in noble causes,
Army Medic Viet Nam
W A R = Wealthy Are Richer