The Real Lessons of Vietnam
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The Real Lessons of Vietnam
From Instauration magazine, October 1991:
The Real Lessons of Vietnam

For the last 15 years or so, there has been no surer guarantee of boredom and banality in American journalism than the appearance of the phrase, "the lessons of Vietnam," in a Sunday supplement think piece. What accompanies it is invariably a lot of bogus deep thinking about "the American crisis of confidence" or lucubrations to that effect.

What is the real lesson of Vietnam? To me there was always something incomplete and unsatisfying about the standard interpretations. To the conservative the Vietnam War is viewed as an example of "America's failure to stand by its friends" or at least a dramatic demonstration that military power should either be used massively or not at all. To many conservatives it was a "noble cause," as Reagan observed. To liberals Vietnam was a case of imperial overreach which failed to take into account the "limits of power" and the strength of indigenous Third World nationalism. To Jewish radicals, like Noam Chomsky, Vietnam was proof positive of the fundamental depravity and barbarism of American imperialism, fueled by capitalist hegemonists and Western racists. This was, after all, the war which inspired Susan Sontag's notorious quote about the White race being the "cancer of history." The dispassionate observer must acknowledge that there are kernels of truth in all but Sontag's position. But is there another component in the Vietnam tragedy that may have been overlooked because of the current rigid ideological limits -- particularly in regard to racial issues -- which are so strictly enforced in American public life?

The "real lesson of Vietnam" was finally driven home to me while listening to a radio broadcast circa 1985. The experience could best be compared to the Achievement of Satori in Zen Buddhism, i.e., instantaneous, total enlightenment and understanding resulting from years of patient work and self-discipline. The occasion was a broadcast on Amerasian children in Vietnam featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. According to the report, the Vietnamese government was then making a special effort to get all the Amerasian children out of Vietnam and into the U.S. The urgency was a result of the fact that the oldest of those children were entering reproductive age. Obviously, Hanoi did not want their offspring entering into the Vietnamese gene pool.

I could only shake my head and laugh bitterly. Great vistas of understanding opened up before me. I had been blind, but now I could see. The tremendous powers of resistance exhibited by the forces of Vietnamese Communists as they stoically withstood the crushing blows of the American technological jackhammer was not a product of their allegiance to vague Marxist doctrines of class war and Hebraic revanchism. It was a product of Vietnamese racism! For nearly a century the Vietnamese had been deeply humiliated -- first by the French and then by the Washington regime. The burning desire to escape this mortifying subservience provided the inner will which enabled Vietnamese peasant boys to withstand earth-shaking carpet bombing from invisible armadas of B-52s. Moreover, this diamond-hard Vietnamese racialism was no new thing. Long before the advent of French colonialism, the Vietnamese had acquired a powerful sense of peoplehood in the course of their resistance to Chinese oppression.

Remember the great "mystery" as to why "our" Vietnamese were militarily worthless while the North Vietnamese were such formidable foes? The South Vietnamese soldier had been put in the excruciating position of fighting beside, not against, his white humiliators. After the Cuban Revolution of 1959, Fidel Castro was once quoted as saying that Cuba "would never again be an American brothel." The South Vietnamese soldier was asked to risk life and limb in an effort to maintain a similar American brothel in the southern half of Vietnam. In so doing, he had to accept the further humiliation of being told how to fight by paternalistic Western advisers. Surely those South Vietnamese soldiers were well aware of the low opinion that the Americans held of them and their military skills. Inwardly they must have felt themselves to be just what the Vietnamese Communists called them all along: "puppet troops."

From the perspective of the American Majority, there is obviously enormous historical irony -- and perhaps even tragedy in all of this. As all of us who lived through that time well know, the loudest voices raised against the American participation in the war and in support of Vietnamese nationalism belonged to those liberals, radicals and minorityites who also worked then (and now) against "racism" in the U.S. All those Jewish suburban class warriors of the Students for a Democratic Society who in 1964 agitated for "civil rights" in Mississippi and in 1968 shouted, "Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh. The NLF is gonna win!" were simultaneously supporting the powerful racism of the Vietnamese while savagely attacking the racial consciousness of the American Majority. The success of this campaign is clearly indicated by the racial dynamics inherent in that National Public Radio report about the American hybrids. While the Vietnamese were practicing a doctrine of racial purity straight out of an SS manual, the U.S. has become, in effect, the world's racial dumping ground. Consequently, when the Vietnamese decided to get those Amerasian children out of their gene pool, the logical place was to dunk them in our muddied gene pool.

The question is, how much longer a system founded upon such massive inner contradictions can survive. As all Instaurationists know, the only thing more certain than death and taxes is that the American racial situation is going to get worse much worse. Eventually it will get to the point where the American Majority will finally recognize that its collective existence is endangered, just as a person with a gun pointed at his head recognizes that his own existence is endangered. No human being can casually submit to such mortal danger, the will-to-live being the single most powerful human drive. As unlikely a prospect as it now seems, some day the Majority's will-to-live will exert itself. Perhaps then the world will witness acts of heroism and fearlessness on our part comparable to the courage and fearlessness exhibited by the Vietnamese peasant soldiers in the face of America's high-tech military onslaught.

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2012 Jun 28 01:36
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RE: The Real Lessons of Vietnam
So the lesson of Vietnam is that highly-motivated, racially aware, troops can kick the ass of over-payed, money-loving, therapeutic-needy feminized pussies? that lesson wasn't learned then.
2012 Jun 28 03:26
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RE: The Real Lessons of Vietnam
But is there a better source for this than a bloke says he heard it on the radio once?

The Vietnamese Communists where a lot more tolerant to the East Asian/Indochinese ethnic minorities within the borders of Vietnam. The hatred of these mixed children may have been in large part that they where the leftover legacy of occupation. Mainly children of invaders and prostitutes. At least by the political class.

Obviously the general Vietnamese public would have had some racist animosity towards them. The Vietnamese Communist movement was a very nationalistic one.

(2012 Jun 28 03:26)Unurautare Wrote:  So the lesson of Vietnam is that highly-motivated, racially aware, troops can kick the ass of over-payed, money-loving, therapeutic-needy feminized pussies? that lesson wasn't learned then.

No. A population that highly supports the movement against an invader or opposition can keep on fighting till the end. The Americans have clearly learnt this from the way their current regime change doctrine works. They try to run down all support for the regime or movement through propaganda and supporting opposition movements.
2012 Jun 28 07:12
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RE: The Real Lessons of Vietnam
That article is just... too American.

The author basically whines how everyone else is allowed to be racist but him and his nutzionalist friends, and uses this Vietnamese "racialism" as a strawman to demonstrate this.

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2012 Jun 28 13:44
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RE: The Real Lessons of Vietnam
Lots of Americans think the whole non-white world is anti-white, while it simply is anti-American. Soem yankees are surprised that when they travel South America only they get the usual gringo treatment while my German friends don't have this problem at all.

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Temples drear where ancients trod,—
Nay, in oaks on woody hill
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