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The Vietcong, or National Liberation Front, officially the Liberation Army of South Vietnam (Mat tran Dan toc Giai phong mien Nam Viet Nam), and formerly called Cong San Viet Nam, was a Communist army that fought the governments of South Vietnam and the United States during the Vietnam War (1959-1975), and had its origins from the Viet Minh. The Vietcong is best known for the Tet Offensive of 1968, in which they killed thousands of people. The offensive included an attack on the U.S. embassy in Saigon which received extended worldwide media attention.[1] Ngo Dinh Diem allegedly came up with the name after a South Vietnamese sentry was killed trying to alert the camp to the approach of the "Mat tran Dan toc Giai phong mien Nam Viet Nam" and being mistaken for the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam (Chinh Phu Cach Mang Lam Thoi Cong Hoa Mien Nam Viet Nam), where he said "Let's cut the crap. They're Viet Cong."[2]

During the war, Communist propaganda insisted that the Vietcong was an insurgency indigenous to the South. Memoirs written after the war by Tran Van Tra and others reveal that this was a hoax. Nguyen Huu Tho, the group's chairman and token non-Communist, was a figurehead. The military commanders, including Tra himself, were North Vietnamese army officers who ignored Tho and the other civilian leaders. Strategy was determined by the Military Commission in Hanoi.

Between 2,800 and 6,000 South Vietnamese were killed in the Massacre of Hue. In the Dak Son Massacre, the group used flame throwers to massacre a village of Montagnards.

The U.S. Congress, controlled by Democrats eager to get back at President Richard Nixon, cut off funding to South Vietnam in August 1974[3] causing us to lose the war which, according to many South Vietnamese military officers, we were close to winning. The South Vietnamese army ran out of ammunition and fuel soon afterward. The North Vietnamese marched into Saigon in April 1975. The Vietcong was dissolved in 1977.

PLO's Ahmad Shukeiri

Palestinian Ahmad Shukeiri visited China, under dictator Mao in 1965.

"Our common target is US imperialism" said Ahmad Shukairy president of the Palestine Liberation Organization (praising Mao's cadets in Wuhan, March 24, 1965)[4]

On March 24, 1965, visiting Mao's cadets in Wuhan, Shukairy declared: "Our common target is US imperialism." [4] He praised the cadets for their superb skills. and said that Mao was the creator of an independent military theory. His army build up from nothing had become a mighty revolutionary army. Going along the same parh, the Palestine Liberation Army would be founded.[5]

Syria's fascist Ba'ath Party has appealed to China for help in the "liberation" of Palestine from the Jews. Following Shukeiri's visit to Peking, the PLO opened its office in Peking, the first one of its kind on non-Arab soil.[6]

A year before the Six-Day War, Shukeiri had declared his support for the Viet Cong.[7] And has threatened the United States with an alliance with the Vietcong. [8]

In June, 1966, Shukairy defiantly declared that the Palestine Liberation Army was receiving military assistance as well as training from the Chinese Communists. In the same month, as a corollary, PLO announced, in programs broadcast over Radio Cairo, that it was preparing to intervene in the Vietnam war. According to Shukairy, the PLO had decided to send its soldiers "to fight alongside the Viet Cong."

Explaining that by serving with the Viet Cong, troops of the PLO would gain valuable experience in guerilla warfare "which will be used in the inevitable war to liberate Palestine."[9]

In November 1966, Shukairy stated that his guerrillas would soon begin an expanded terrorist offensive in Israel modeled partly on the methods of the Vietcong.

He also let it be known that many of his men are being trained in Communist China His plan is to send these guerrillas into the two bulges. He already has some 10,000 troops under his command in the Gaza trip.[10]

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References

  1. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/viet-cong--attack-us-embassy
  2. Robert A. Nisbet, Roosevelt and Stalin: The Failed Courtship (Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 1989).
  3. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/congress-cuts-military-aid-to-south-vietnam
  4. 4.0 4.1 Survey of China Mainland Press. Hong Kong: American Consulate General, 1965. p. 35.

    Delegation of Palestine Liberation Organization Visits Military Academy in Wuhan

    (NCNA-English, Wuhan, March 24, 1965)

    "Our common target is US imperialism" said Ahmed Shukairy president of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
  5. News from Hsinhua News Agency: daily bulletin. United Kingdom: n.p., 1965. p. 57.

    FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 1965.

    032456 -- "Delegation of palestine liberation organization visits military academy in Wuhan"

    Wuhan, March twenty fourth (hsinhua) -- "Our common target is US imperialism" said Ahmed Shukairy president of the palestine Liberation organization. When he and the delegation visited he is leading visited a military academy of the cChinese people's Liberation army here and watched a drill by cadets today.

    Founded by chairman mao tse-tung, the great leader of the Chinese people .

    ...history of the academy and its classrooms. they were warmly welcomed by cadets who gave them a demonstration of shooting, bayonet practice and other skills.

    Ahmed Shukairy praised the cadets for their superb skills. He said that Chairman Mao Tse-tung was the creator of an independent military theory. His army build up from nothing had become a mighty revolutionary army. Going along the same parh, the Palestine Liberation Army would be founded.
  6. Illustrated Weekly of Pakistan. Pakistan: Pakistan Herald Publications., 1965. p. 24.
    Recently Syria's Bath Party has appealed to China for help in the liberation of Palestine from the Jews. Following Syrian President Mr. Ahmed Shukeiri's visit to Peking recently, the Palestine Liberation Front opened its office in Peking, the first one of its kind on non-Arab soil.
  7. Irving Louis Horowitz (1974) "Israeli Ecstasies/Jewish Agonies". Oxford University Press. p. 11.
    ARAB POLICIES.

    In the 1930's Arab terrorists and "guerrillas" waged a continuous war against Jewish settlements in Palestine: arson, destruction of wells and pipelines, and murder. Then as now, they were part of the apparatus of "Arab liberation." It was with the active propaganda and financial support of the Nazis and Fascists that Haj Amin El Husseini, Mufti of Jerusalem and Nazi propagandist, advocated mass murder of the Jews. Ahmed Shukeiri, present head of the so-called Palestine Liberation Organization, is a large landowner, an unmistakable heir of the revanchist chauvinism of the pro-Nazi Arab, who dares to proclaim himself leader of a national liberation struggle and offer "support" to the Vietnamese Liberation Front.

    One day the head of the reactionary Syrian delegation to the United Nations, another day leader of the Saudi Arabian delegation , on yet another day he heads "guerrilla war" against Israel, a war against individual citizens, with "guerrillas" who never dare attack a military force, a "guerrilla force" which is, in fact, not a guerrilla force at all but a band of mercenaries in the pay of a foreign power, Egypt.
  8. The Detroit Jewish News, May 26, 1967. "Fear for Israel May Avert Third World War". By Philip Slomovitz. ... To have permitted him to function, while he was threatening the United States with an alliance with the Vietcong, was viewed by many as a grave danger. Now Shukeiri and his PLO have come home to roost—and they could well instigate the Arab peoples who are unaware of the existing dangers to involve Israel and the entire free world in a third world conflict.
  9. Facts, Volume 16, B'nai B'rith. Anti-defamation League, p. 425.

    In June, 1966, Shukairy defiantly declared that the Palestine Liberation Army was receiving military assistance as well as training from the Chinese Communists. In the same month, as a corollary, PLO announced, in programs broadcast over Radio Cairo, that it was preparing to intervene in the Vietnam war.

    According to Shukairy, the PLO had decided to send its soldiers "to fight alongside the Viet Cong."

    He said that by serving with the Viet Cong, troops of the PLO would gain valuable experience in guerilla warfare "which will be used in the inevitable war to liberate Palestine."
  10. Behind The Scenes At The United Nations By David Horowitz, B'nai B'rith, Dec 2, 1966.

    THE GREAT danger for Israel, despite King Hussein's disclaimer of any involvement, lies in the Arab refugee problem in these bulges who have sworn allegiance to the modern Antiochus Ahmad Shukairy who is arming them to the teeth in preparation for an all-out offensive.

    Interviewed by a New York Times corresponding in Cairo last week. Shukairy stated that his guerrillas would soon begin an expanded terrorist offensive in Israel modeled partly on the methods of the Vietcong.

    He also let it be known that many of his men are being trained in Communist China His plan is to send these guerrillas into the two bulges. He already has some 10,000 troops under his command in the Gaza trip.

    These facts were not unknown to the Security Council members when they voted to condemn Israel.

    The question arises: should Israel wait until this happens? Should Israel remain silent and allow Shukairy's Peking and Viet-cong-trained guerrillas to organize and strengthen themselves into the two bulges in readiness for their eventual offensive?

    THIS WRITER believes waiting would be suicidal...

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