Skip to comments.Kerry’s Soviet Rhetoric (The Vietnam-era antiwar movement got its spin from the Kremlin) (Repost)
Posted on 03/21/2004 4:32:32 PM PST by FairOpinion
Part of Senator John Kerry's appeal to a certain segment of Americans is his Vietnam-veteran status coupled with his antiwar activism during that period. On April 12, 1971, Kerry told the U.S. Congress that American soldiers claimed to him that they had, "raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned on the power, cut off limbs, blew up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan."
The exact sources of that assertion should be tracked down. Kerry also ought to be asked who, exactly, told him any such thing, and what it was, exactly, that they said they did in Vietnam. Statutes of limitation now protect these individuals from prosecution for any such admissions. Or did Senator Kerry merely hear allegations of that sort as hearsay bandied about by members of antiwar groups (much of which has since been discredited)? To me, this assertion sounds exactly like the disinformation line that the Soviets were sowing worldwide throughout the Vietnam era. KGB priority number one at that time was to damage American power, judgment, and credibility. One of its favorite tools was the fabrication of such evidence as photographs and "news reports" about invented American war atrocities. These tales were purveyed in KGB-operated magazines that would then flack them to reputable news organizations. Often enough, they would be picked up. News organizations are notoriously sloppy about verifying their sources. All in all, it was amazingly easy for Soviet-bloc spy organizations to fake many such reports and spread them around the free world.
As a spy chief and a general in the former Soviet satellite of Romania, I produced the very same vitriol Kerry repeated to the U.S. Congress almost word for word and planted it in leftist movements throughout Europe. KGB chairman Yuri Andropov managed our anti-Vietnam War operation. He often bragged about having damaged the U.S. foreign-policy consensus, poisoned domestic debate in the U.S., and built a credibility gap between America and European public opinion through our disinformation operations. Vietnam was, he once told me, "our most significant success."
The KGB organized a vitriolic conference in Stockholm to condemn America's aggression, on March 8, 1965, as the first American troops arrived in south Vietnam. On Andropov's orders, one of the KGB's paid agents, Romesh Chandra, the chairman of the KGB-financed World Peace Council, created the Stockholm Conference on Vietnam as a permanent international organization to aid or to conduct operations to help Americans dodge the draft or defect, to demoralize its army with anti-American propaganda, to conduct protests, demonstrations, and boycotts, and to sanction anyone connected with the war. It was staffed by Soviet-bloc undercover intelligence officers and received about $15 million annually from the Communist Party's international department on top of the WPC's $50 million a year, all delivered in laundered cash dollars. Both groups had Soviet-style secretariats to manage their general activities, Soviet-style working committees to conduct their day-to-day operations, and Soviet-style bureaucratic paperwork. The quote from Senator Kerry is unmistakable Soviet-style sloganeering from this period. I believe it is very like a direct quote from one of these organizations' propaganda sheets.
The KGB campaign to assault the U.S. and Europe by means of disinformation was more than just a few Cold War dirty tricks. The whole foreign policy of the Soviet-bloc states, indeed its whole economic and military might, revolved around the larger Soviet objective of destroying America from within through the use of lies. The Soviets saw disinformation as a vital tool in the dialectical advance of world Communism.
The Stockholm conference held annual international meetings up to 1972. In its five years of existence it created thousands of "documentary" materials printed in all the major Western languages describing the "abominable crimes" committed by American soldiers against civilians in Vietnam, along with counterfeited pictures. All these materials were manufactured by the KGB's disinformation department. I would print up these materials in hundreds of thousands of copies each.
The Romanian DIE (Ceausescu's secret police) was tasked to distribute these KGB-concocted "incriminating documents" all over Western Europe. And ordinary people often bought it hook, line, and sinker. "Even Attila the Hun looks like an angel when compared to these Americans," a West German businessman reprovingly told me after reading one such report.
The Italian, Greek, and Spanish Communist parties serviced by Bucharest were much affected by this material and their activists regularly distributed translations. They also handed them out to the participants at anti-American demonstrations around the world.
Many "Ban-the-Bomb" and anti-nuclear movements were KGB-funded operations, too. I can no longer look at a petition for world peace or other supposedly noble cause, particularly of the anti-American variety, without thinking to myself, "KGB."
In 1978, when I broke with Communism, my DIE was propagating the line that Washington's adventure in Vietnam had wasted over $200 trillion. This waste, we warned darkly, would soon generate European inflation, recession, and unemployment.
As far as I'm concerned, the KGB gave birth to the antiwar movement in America. In 1976, Andropov gave my own Romanian DIE credit for helping his KGB do so.
Leftist intellectuals in America now look to Europe steeped for years in anti-American propaganda from the Soviet Union for "a sane and frank European criticism of the Bush administration's war policy." Indeed, anti-Americanism in Europe today is almost as ferocious as it was during Vietnam. France and Germany insist we are torturing the al Qaeda prisoners held at Guantanamo Base. The Mirror, a British newspaper, is confident that President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair were "killing innocents in Afghanistan." The Paris daily Le Monde put Jean Baudrillard on its front page asserting that "the Judeo-Christian West, led by America, not only provoked the [September 11] terrorist attacks, it actually desired them."
In June 2002, a documentary film on "U.S. war crimes" in Afghanistan was shown in the German Bundestag by the crypto-Communist Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS). The film faithfully reincarnated the style of old Soviet-bloc "documentaries" demonizing the U.S. war in Vietnam. According to this 20-minute movie, American soldiers were involved in the torture and murder of some 3,000 Taliban prisoners in the region of Mazar-e-Sharif. One witness in the film even claimed he had seen an American soldier break the neck of one Afghan prisoner and pour acid on others.
During my last meeting with Andropov, he said, wisely, "now all we have to do is to keep the Vietnam-era anti-Americanism alive." Andropov was a shrewd judge of human nature. He understood that in the end our original involvement would be forgotten, and our insinuations would take on a life of their own. He knew well that it was just the way human nature worked.
Ion Mihai Pacepa was acting chief of Romania's espionage service and national-security adviser to the country's president. He is the highest-ranking intelligence officer ever to have defected from the former Soviet bloc.
Kerry -- a real Manchurian Candidate.
You can add American media to this list also, imho.
Don't think for a second that many Americans did not know about the communist influence. We had no Internet and not much talk radio -- not because listeners were not interested but because liberals were filling complaints under the FCC "Fairness Doctrine" threatening the station owners' licenses.
The "reporting" sucked though Time and U.S. News & World Report did a fair job and there were still conservative newspapers in many major cities. There were various limited circulation publications that were available.
IMO it is critical to our survival today that we continue to explore and expose what happened here during the Vietnam war. The same is happening today and as Mr. Pacepa noted the lies from the Vietnam era tarnish us to this day and today's traitors need only build upon them.
I hope to live long enough to see some of the treason of that era and this be punished by hangings. After fair trials of course.
I second your very well stated wish. My anger about the treason and lies from that era and earlier ones, such as Roosevelt's and McCarthy's, can only be satiated by the means you suggest. Now we're seeing exactly the same M.O. again with enemies like Soros, Ickes and apparatchiks from moveon.org, A.N.S.W.E.R., etc.
PING for a revealing article about the source of the lies told by this kerry who wants to 'lead' our nation.......
The power that Communist thought had over the European elite, and the American media was palpable.
The media then influenced the people, and what resulted did irreparable damage to this country........which was their intent.
The KGB/Communist operatives had far more success in damaging America than most people realize. This is just further evidence.
I thought that was his lesser known brother, Jenjis Kahn...
I know English can be challenging but go back and try one more time. McCarthy's era, not his treason. Got it?
Some, not all, of the students in the long haired hippie college I went to in the late 60's clearly bought into these lies, with great energy. They hated 'the man' and distrusted the government, and this played into it well.
And even now, my mother-in-law here on the left coast, who is in her early 80's, shows off to me the peace signs she makes for the demonstrations she goes to, and her husband explains how Israel has blown any chance they have their own nation by imprisoning and terrorizing the poor Palestinians for the last 50 years.
By not recognizing the real dangers that these ideas have, their large capacity to mislead millions of people (my neighbors, my relatives, my fellow workers, my fellow students, ...), by discrediting the work of the KGB in helping to plant the seeds of these ideas as frivolous or exaggerations because clearly the KGB didn't have the direct power to order this (and if they did, we'd all be Communists now), you miss out on the real dangers we continue to face.
Wake up - we are at war - have been at war for a century now, and will continue to be at war with the faithless forces of terror and tyranny.
I like that term..."sleeping giants of Republicans and conservatives." We've got a tiger by the tail, Americans do, if everyone would wake up and realize the truth of this article.
Do you see very many Bush/Cheney bumper stickers yet? Mine was the only one til yesterday...we saw one at a bluegrass festival. We have our yard sign up, too! And I wear my "W 2004" pin all the time from aspendesigns.com
Next time you hear some pup regurgitating the stuff that passed for received wisdom during the Vietnam war (and Kerry certainly did) remember how pervasive and long-lasting a successful propaganda campaign can be. We'll still be fighting it long after the Soviet Union fades into distant memory.
Beer Crinton in Moscow.
Kerry in Paris [sung to the tune of "April in Paris"].
Strobe Talbott fed the Khruschev memoir by his KGB "uncle".
Per David A. Wise, The Bureau and the Mole, [Hanssen] these measures (described in John Barron, KGB Today: The Hidden Hand), were still conducted up until the Chapter 11 reorganization of the Soviet Union.
Today the work is pursued by Soros, ANSWER, Tides, and the various Muppets for Socialism front groups.
Soros wants to drug you so you cant think, terminate you when you can no longer pay tribute, force you to intermingle with alien invaders and emasculate you to an unnatural equality. If that isnt the plan of the devil, what else would you call it?
In man's life, the absence of an essential component usually leads to the adoption of a substitute. The substitute is usually embraced with vehemence and extremism, for we have to convince ourselves that what we took as second choice is the best there ever was. Thus blind faith is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves; insatiable desire a substitute for hope; accumulation a substitute for growth; fervent hustling a substitute for purposeful action; and pride a substitute for an unattainable self-respect.
Sounds like Hoffer's True Believer.
Hitler could recruit from Communists as the psyche was the same.
I would posit, ditto for Dems.
Well we know now what world leader does NOT support Kerry!
Just the fact that Kerry was 100% FOR Clinton's war on the Balkans shows he supports Islamo-facists and we can know exactly what side he's on in the War On Terrorism!! That's what voters need to know NOW! Voters forgive stuff about Vietnam era and anti-war movement, but Kerry is still a huge danger to America! The scary thing, is he mightget elected!
Excellent article -- just found it.
Thanks for posting.
"As a spy chief and a general in the former Soviet satellite of Romania, I produced the very same vitriol Kerry repeated to the U.S. Congress almost word for word and planted it in leftist movements throughout Europe. "
Too bad this isn't discussed in the media.
FoxNews should have Ion Pacepa on one of their programs, so he could say all this stuff on the air.
Interesting remarks by Putin, the ex-Soviet KGB guy. Thanks.
The book that Kerry
wishes would just go away.
|HanoiJohnKerry.com is a blog with a primary purpose. That purpose is to counter the preposterous claims of Sen. John Forbes Kerry (D-MA) that he has any legitimate claim to any sort of "brotherhood" among combat veterans of the War in Vietnam.
While it is generally supposed that his service as a Naval officer on a "Swift Boat" in that theater was adequate and honorable, there is much to question regarding his readiness to allow the accolade "war hero" to be applied to him.
Likewise, it is not at all uncommon for more senior Naval officers to raise an eyebrow at the swiftness and relative comfort by which Lt. JG Kerry attained those medals, and who is available to vouch for the efficacy of his being awarded them (since, as boat commander, it would be his own task to make recommendation for awards for all personnel, including himself, on the Swift Boat).
But most egregious was his conduct, words and associations upon his early-out (from SEA) return to the USA and discharge from the US Navy. His leadership role with the radical pro-Communist (inaccurate to deem this group "anti-war") group called "Vietnam Veterans Against the [Vietnam] War" (hereafter VVAW).
It was while climbing the social and political ladder of the pro-Soviet Left as a principle of VVAW that John Kerry found his political soul-mate in Hanoi Jane Fonda. Granted, these politically formative years for Kerry were prior to the more outlandish acts of Fonda that earned her that name, but it is easily documentable that Fonda did not under go any radical transformation in belief or character from the time she and Kerry were working the same side of the street to the time she traveled to Hanoi, NVN and entered US history as the most overt traitor to ever NOT be charged, tried and executed.
John Kerry went to his own overt extremes to demonstrate that, politically, socially and in lowness of character, there wasn't a nickel's worth of difference between he and Fonda. Thus, in the spirit of fairness and accuracy, we are reasonably certain that he will be agreeably flattered by calling him Hanoi John Kerry.
Here, testifying before the Fulbright Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is where John Kerry, spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War, cemented his position and moniker as "Hanoi John" Kerry. This was the occasion where US troops still in the field in Vietnam learned from one of their FORMER brothers-in-arms that they were heinous murderers and war criminals. HJK would now like to call on them for support in his bid to be the new Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Perhaps the most preposterous hypocrisy of all.