The Real Lessons of Vietnam
American Dissident Voices broadcast of 19 October, 2019
by Kevin Alfred Strom
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A FEW WEEKS ago, National Alliance Chairman William White Williams sent me his transcription of a classic article from Instauration magazine from a quarter century ago, suggesting that it deserved to be republished and put on the air as an ADV program, and today’s show is the result. I’ve edited and expanded the piece for broadcast. It’s a lesson about what’s really important — and how those terrible, rotten Asian Communists were able to get something right — something that so many “right wing” constitution-loving American boomers from that era, with their Asian wives and childish “conservative” belief system, have gotten so, so wrong — and something that we must get right, or perish.
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For the last several decades, 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 Marxists, 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 the Jewess 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 and Chomsky’s ridiculous “racist” interpretation. 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 or a “workers’ paradise.” It was a product of Vietnamese racial consciousness and racial feelings. 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 “shock and awe” carpet bombing from huge, almost endless armadas of B-52s so high above they were invisible. 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.” Furthermore they were required to endure silently what the disgusting American soldiers — Black and White — were doing to Vietnamese women.
From the perspective of White Americans, 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 non-Whites 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 racialism of the Vietnamese while savagely attacking the racial consciousness of White Americans. The success of this campaign is clearly indicated by the racial dynamics inherent in that National Public Radio report about the half-White (or half-Black)/half-Vietnamese 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.
One may argue that Marxist Communism is an alien system, as harmful and unnatural to Vietnamese as it is to us. But even under such a system, the Vietnamese people did the right thing in this case. They are proud of what they are. They want “what they are” to continue to exist on this Earth. And they did what was necessary to achieve that goal.
How much longer will Americans tolerate a system that is so much worse even than outright Marxist Communism — so much worse that it declares immoral and criminal any act or utterance that tends to the preservation of its founding people?
How much longer can a system founded upon such massive inner contradictions survive? As most of you probably know already, 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 we American Whites will finally recognize that our 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 White people’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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We have it in us. We have it in us times ten. We have it in us with a fury — and a genius to go along with that fury — that the world has never seen before. As Dr. William Pierce taught us, a day is coming — a day that the men and women of the National Alliance are preparing for even now — when we will set loose the storm.
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