Dear Mr. Chu,
It sure was a great pleasure to have received a “Feedback” with nice compliments from a brother in arms. Thank you so much for your interest in our website, your time spent reading the contents and, more importantly, thank you for sharing the same concerns.
We agree with you wholeheartedly that the Vietnam War and the collapse of the RVN were not honestly portrayed. The biased media, the defeatist left and misguided writers, concertedly, not only distorted the truth about the war but also unjustly blamed the RVN as the sole cause for the failure. And that was one of the reasons that prompted us to launch this website on the Internet for those who fought on the battlefield to speak up so as to rectify distortions and unjust slandering. Admittedly, our Armed Forces were far from perfect. Like any other country or military establishment, we did have some incompetent leaders and military commanders and some cowardly soldiers but was that a legitimate justification for generalization?
Fortunately, in recent years, many declassified materials as well as reputable authors, historians and research scholars have shed different light on the true account of the war. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Vietnam, Dr. Stephen J. Morris, a scholar and author, an historian, one of the first to have reviewed the Soviet and Bulgarian archives concluded his presentation as follows: “I think that, finally, it’s very clear that the North Vietnamese were not as resilient, not only as they projected themselves, but as many in our culture projected them. They were, in fact, riven by factionalism. They were fearful of the United States. And, in fact, at a certain point, willing to compromise, at least on the methods that they were going to use to pursue their goals, if not on their ultimate objective. And, unfortunately, I can say, the greatest regret I have in making this speech is that I was not able to present this information to Dr. Kissinger in September of 1972. Thank you.”
Late last year, former Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird wrote an article in Foreign Affairs titled “Iraq: Learning the Lessons from Vietnam”. In this article, he asserted: “I believed then and still believe today that given enough outside resources, South Vietnam was capable of defending itself, just as I believe Iraq can do the same now. From the Tet offensive in 1968 up to the fall of Saigon in 1975, South Vietnam never lost a major battle. The Tet offensive itself was a victory for South Vietnam and devastated the North Vietnamese army, which lost 289,000 men in 1968 alone. Yet the overriding media portrayal of the Tet offensive and the war thereafter was that of defeat for the United States and the Saigon government.”
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Aside from trying to undo past and existing defamation, we shall strive to maintain this website to counter all attempts from the treacherous, totalitarian regime of Vietnam to distort and alter our history. Together, we will prevail. Once again, thanks for visiting our site.
All the best,
Hoi B. Tran