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July 25, 1972: Fonda to U.S. pilots and airmen

FBIS Transcript #11:

Jane Fonda directs her comments to U.S. pilots, airmen

B261429 Hanoi in English to American Servicemen involved in the Indochina War 1300 GMT 25 Jul 72 B

Now listen to Jane Fonda's recorded talk to U.S. pilots and airmen during her recent visit to Hanoi.

((Follows recorded female voice with American accent b FBIS))

Perhaps it would be a good thing if all of us knew something about the country that we are fighting against and the country that you are dropping your bombs on. Vietnam is a very old country -b 3,000 years before Christ was born the Vietnamese people fought against the Chinese feudal lords who had taken the land away from the peasants. In 40 A.D. the first insurrection occurred among the Vietnamese people to get the Chinese lords out of their land and win back freedom and independence. This insurrection was lead by two sisters, Trung Hi and Trung Trac.

The Vietnamese people have -- have fought against many outside aggressors. For example, the Mongolian Army, lead by Genghis Khan, 500,000 profess -b professional trained soldiers who had swept through Europe and Asia, who had conquered half of the world, arrived in Vietnam and were stopped by the Vietnamese peasants. After the -b after the Vietnamese people defeated the Mongolian Army, they gave them the ships -b Vietnam -b Vietnamese ships, to take the Mongolian Army back to where they came from. The Vietnamese people have fought against the Chinese, have fought against the Japanese, and have fought against the French.

They defeated the French colonial army at the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, and it was after that battle that the Geneva accords were signed. These accords said that Vietnam would be temporarily divided into two parts b- into two regroupment zones, but that this division was only to be a temporary one, and that Vietnam was to be reunited in 1956, by general elections. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president of the United States at that time, and he admitted that if elections had been held as they were supposed to be according to the Geneva accords, President Ho Chi Minh would have been elected president of the reunited Vietnam by 80 percent of the votes.

The United States did not want Ho Chi Minh to be president of Vietnam although this is what 80 percent of the Vietnamese people wanted, and so, as has been proven by the Pentagon papers, the CIA organized a military coup which overthrew ((pause)) which prevented elections, and installed a puppet government under Ngo Dinh Diem.

The Diem regime was no different than the Thieu regime of today. It is a regime which is kept in power because of American money and American technology against the wishes of the Vietnamese people. You are told many other things, perhaps, by the United States Government, but anyone who has been here and talked to the people, knows that the Vietnamese people do not like Thieu, they do not -b not like the fact that he is arresting tens of thousands of people, like yourselves, young people in the streets of South Vietnam who are speaking out against the war and demanding peace.

These people are being put into prison, they are being beaten, they are being tortured. The economy of their country is being ruined by the corrupt government in the south and by the presence of the U.S. military.

You must understand that the people of Vietnam are peasants. They live with the land b- the land is a part of their lives, as it has been for thousands of years. Every time you drop your bombs on the heads of these peasants it becomes clearer to them -- to them who the enemy is. How could they possibly by asking for help from a country which is destroying their land, their crops, killing their people, mutilating their babies? How can we continue to rain this kind of terror on these people who want nothing more than to live in peace and freedom and independence?

All American people who consider themselves patriotic must begin to ask themselves some serious questions about what we are doing in Vietnam. We must stop thinking that we have to follow orders like robots. Let us stop being robots.

((Recording ends -- FBIS))

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