It was irrelevant because the North Vietnamese knew they had a “Fifth Column” of traitors like Jane Fonda, both of the Clintons, John Kerry, and the rest of the 60’s era peacenik “useful idiots” doing the NVA’s bidding on American college campuses and the media. Instead of spitting on American veterans returning from Vietnam, the patriots of this country should have beat the living crap out of the NVA’s useful idiots in the colleges and the halls of Congress – Gerry Collins, commenting on Richard Botkin’s article entitled Vietnam: The Battle for Historical Truth
In an unbelievable statement by a Secretary of State, John Kerry recently equated the loss of three lives in the Boston Marathon bombing massacre to deaths of well-armed militants who died in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla incident.
Kerry was participating in a diplomatic mission designed to smooth relations with Turkey when he referred to the activists who lost their lives attacking Israeli commandos who had boarded the MV Mavi Marmara. The ship had originated in Turkey in May, 2010, and was attempting to travel to Gaza by passing through an Israeli blockade.
The Secretary of State now equates the death of these nine activists, who it is believed intentionally initiated an international incident by attacking Israeli soldiers operating under orders via United Nations approval, with three innocent civilian bystanders enjoying a national event of the Boston Marathon, in the U.S. of A? Unbelievable!
With all due respect to our current Secretary of State, he does have a history. John Forbes Kerry (JFK), former senator from Massachusetts (D-MA) returned from a short four and a half month tour (Nov 1968 – Apr 1969) with the Navy in Vietnam during which he was “awarded” three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star. Shortly thereafter, he became the darling of the anti-war movement and a member of Vietnam Veterans against the War (VVAW).
On April 22, 1971, Kerry testified before the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations disparaging the soldiers in Vietnam, accusing them of unspeakable war crimes. In his prepared statement, 11 of 17 paragraphs he began with the words “we”. And not one of those “we’s” was anything in which he was directly involved. It was all hearsay.
On the next day, while mingling with other anti-war and peace activists, he threw nine of his medals over a fence near the U. S. Capitol. Afterwards, he said, “I’m not doing this for any violent reasons, but for peace and justice, and to try and make this country wake up once and for all.”
Hence, “Hanoi” John.
Well, John, most of us veterans think about you as we think about Hanoi Jane. And our memories are indeed long. Do the words, “Swift Boat”, come to mind?
Note: When John Kerry was running for the U.S. Senate in 1984, he revealed he still had all of his medals.