April 10, 2005

Dear Sir:

Thank you for your insightful, profound feelings that reflect the hearts and minds of our beloved American Viet vets, and MIA/POWs in the hands of the Hanoi Politburo.

For my personal feelings, as a U.S. citizen, I wish to ask Ms. Jane Fonda to go to Hanoi once more: Use her capital she had earned with the Hanoi government to have the Vietnamese communists realize that SAI GON is an image of a goddess, a beautiful woman in the beloved Áo Dài dress for generations. Tell Ms. Fonda to educate the Vietnamese Communist party that Ho Chi Minh is an old man with long beard. How can he be a Miss Saigon?

Until Ms. Jane Fonda has done the "Mess Up, Fess Up, Dress Up" in which the National Geographic's world map reprints the historic name SAI GON, no more HO CHI MINH, then and only then, Ms. Fonda's apology can be perceived as genuine. Wouldn't Ms. Jane Fonda like to honor a Vietnamese woman who reminds me of my own selfless Mother and my children's mother?

God Bless America,

Linh Duy Vo, Poet
A grateful American citizen

To: Film producer Michael Moore, "Fahrenheit 911",
President George W. Bush

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Subject: Sorry, Jane, Apology Not Accepted....
From: "Ashiya58" <ashiya58@direcway.com>
Date: Sat, April 9, 2005 6:44 am

Sorry, Jane, Apology Not Accepted
by Allan H. Ryskind
Posted April 8, 2005 (c)

Jane Fonda wants the country to forgive her for her trip to Hanoi during
the Vietnam war. But I say, "not yet." The reason: she's not really sorry!
Read her new book, My Life So Far. Here's what she says about her terrible
visit to the enemy's camp in July of 1972, when Richard Nixon had already
begun pulling American troops out of South Vietnam and was trying to get
the South Vietnamese to take over the fighting and working to bring our
prisoners of war home:

". . .I do not regret that I went. My only regret about the trip was that
I was photographed sitting in a North Vietnamese antiaircraft gun site."
(See page 291.)

Well, if she doesn't regret making that trip, how can anyone forgive her?
She admits that the photograph made it look as if she were merrily willing
to gun down American pilots. And she's "sorry" for the disturbing, but
supposedly false, impression it gave. Her only objective, she insists, was
to meet with the North Vietnamese to help end the war. But this excuse is
nothing new, as the media are suggesting. She's been saying virtually the
same thing since her "20/20" interview with Barbara Walters in June of
1988. (See HUMAN EVENTS, July 2, 1988, issue.)

But that picture--dreadful as it was--was hardly the only appalling thing
about that trip and the truth is she probably was ready and willing to
shoot down American pilots. At the time she was in Hanoi, Fonda, for all
practical purposes, was a Communist herself. She was certainly rooting for
Ho Chi Minh's military to defeat the "imperialist" United States of
America involved in the supposedly "criminal" war against that lovely Red
regime in the north. She fully embraced Communists, communism and
revolutionaries in 1972 and way beyond that date. Her heroes were Black
Panther thugs such as Huey Newton and Red dictators such as Fidel Castro.

We know of her revolutionary ardor because she used to run off at the
mouth about her views. The Detroit Free Press, for instance, quotes her as
saying in a Nov. 22,1969, Michigan State University speech: "I would think
that if you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray
on your knees that we would someday become Communist." That statement has
been quoted for years (in HUMAN EVENTS among other places) and has never
been denied and is certainly not apologized for (or explained away) in her
new memoir.

Here's another Fonda gem. On July 18, 1970, the People's World, the West
Coast's Communist Party publication, carried a telephone interview with
Fonda in which she said: "To make the revolution in the United States is a
slow day by day job that requires patience and discipline. It is the only
way to make it. . . . All I know is that despite the fact that I am one of
the people who benefit from a capitalist society, I find that any system
which exploits other people cannot and should not exist."

Karen Elliott in the Dec. 11, 1971, Dallas Morning News reported that
Fonda said at the University of Texas: "We've got to establish a Socialist
economic structure that will limit private profit-oriented businesses.
Whether the transition is peaceful depends on the way our present
governmental leaders react. We must commit our lives to this transition. .
. . We should be very proud of our new breed of soldier. It's not
organized but it's mutiny, and they have every right." (Emphasis added.)

Her broadcasts from Hanoi to U.S. and South Vietnamese soldiers were not
designed to "end the war," as she pretends, but to give the Communist
North Vietnamese a sweeping victory. She didn't care a fig about the
American soldiers or our POWs, as she now insists. In fact, she hurled the
most venomous kinds of attacks upon her own country and threatened
American GIs with war crime trials and executions if they tried to shield
the South Vietnamese from a Communist takeover.

We know this because the House Internal Security Committee (HISC) compiled
her 1972 broadcasts to U.S. and South Vietnamese servicemen. (That
compilation and other Fonda statements can be found in Henry Mark and
Erika Holzer's well documented 2002 book, Aid and Comfort: Jane Fonda in
North Vietnam.)

Here's just a small sampling of her Leninist polemics against America:

To South Vietnamese soldiers she said: "We understand that Nixon's
aggression against Vietnam is a racist aggression, that the American war
in Vietnam is a racist war, a white man's war. . . " And then: "We deplore
that you are being used as cannon fodder for U.S. imperialism."

To Saigon students: "A growing number of people in the United States not
only demand an end to the war, an end to the bombing, a withdrawal of
all--all U.S. troops and--an end to the support of the Thieu clique, but
we identify with the struggle of your people. We have understood that we
have a common enemy: U.S. imperialism. We have understood that we have a
common struggle and that your victory will be the victory of the American
people and all peace-loving people around the world."

Again, to the students: "As an American woman, I would like to tell you
that the forces that you are fighting against go far beyond the bombs and
the technology. In our country, people are very unhappy, People have no
reason for living."

To U.S. servicemen: "I don't know what your officers tell you that you are
dropping on this country. I don't know what your officers tell you, you
are loading, those of you who load the bombs on the planes. But, one thing
that you should know is that these weapons are illegal and that's not,
that's not just rhetoric. They are outlawed, these kinds of weapons, by
several conventions of which the United States was a signatory. . . . And
the use of these bombs or the condoning the use of these bombs makes one a
war criminal. "The men who are ordering you to use these weapons are war
criminals, according to international law, and, in the past, in Germany
and in Japan, men who were guilty of these kinds of crimes were tried and

Jane Fonda tapes were played repeatedly to our POWs, many of whom
expressed their outrage to the Holzers for having been branded "war
criminals" and accused of "gratuitously killing innocent civilians." "It's
difficult to put into words," one ex-POW told the authors, "how terrible
it is to hear that siren song that is so absolutely rotten and wrong."

Having examined the content of her remarks, the late Brig. Gen. S. L.A.
Marshall informed the HCIS: "There is no question about the intent of the
Fonda broadcasts. The evidence prima facie is that the purpose is to
demoralize and discourage, stir dissent and stimulate desertion."

Does Fonda express regret for any of this? Not in her book. Nor in her
April 3 interview with Leslie Stahl on CBS's "60 Minutes." Did she have a
"lapse of judgment," Stahl wanted to know, in meeting with seven POWS in
North Vietnam, "giving the appearance of a staged event at their expense?"
Fonda: "No." Nor, said Stahl, "does she apologize for making broadcasts on
Radio Hanoi."

She also does not honestly address the immense human tragedy that took
place after the North Vietnamese took over South Vietnam and Pol Pot
conquered Cambodia. Other anti-war activists had been bothered by what
happened. Singer Joan Baez took out full-page newspaper ads in May1979,
condemning Vietnam's Communist rulers in the harshest language, urging
them to "end the imprisonment and torture" of innocent men, women and
children in the South. In addition to the ads, Baez sent out special
packets to reporters detailing the horrors that had been documented in
such publications as Le Monde and Le Figaro.

When this reporter asked Peter Necarsulmer, a Baez publicist, whether
Fonda had been contacted on the matter, Necarsulmer said that Baez had
twice tried to reach her by letter, one a "long and detailed" report
explaining the situation. Unfortunately, said Necarsulmer, Jane never did
respond. This incident, of course, is not even mentioned in Fonda's book,
let alone apologized for.

In short, Jane Fonda hasn't really shown she's sorry for anything, other
than being "caught on camera" in a pose she almost certainly intended as
an act of defiance against her own country.

---------------------------- Original Message -----
Subject: Sorry, Jane, Apology Not Accepted....
From: "Ashiya58" <ashiya58@direcway.com>
Date: Sat, April 9, 2005 6:44 am



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