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Recent events in the war in South Vietnam indicate that a critical point has been reached. Skillfully worded arguments have been brought forth to show that we should leave. The purpose of this admittedly inadequate handbill is the presentation of the opposing view. It is the beginning of the explanation of :
WHY WE MUST STAY IN SOUTH VIETNAM
The Ad Hoc Committee has presented, and will continue to present, reasons for US withdrawal from South Vietnam; we are using torture, suppressing democracy, overemphasizing the threat of communism, and brutalizing ourselves. The main objections I have to these reasons are their evasion of truth and their irrelevance.
It is true that torture will cease if America withdraws support? No, as revealed by those who oppose the US position in Vietnam. "Terror is used... as revenge"-- Why? Because the Viet Cong have used terror since before 1954. They have murdered literally thousands of village leaders, teachers, and technicians, to terrorize the majority of the Vietnamese people. Their methods of torture are used to drive home such lessons as, "Stay in the army and someday you'll find yourself floating, alive, in the river, slit from collarbone to crotch," or, "If your husband or son becomes an officer in the army, we'll have to burn him with five gallons of gasoline, just like that poor misguided Captain tied to the tree over there."
The question of democracy is irrelevant to US participation in Vietnam. A more important questions seems to be: Do the Vietnamese need democracy, for which they are not properly educated, or do they need a stable government which can protect them from Viet Cong terror? The need today is for the preservation of the possibility of self-rule against those forces which represent themselves as being of the people, but never bother to ask the people what they want.
Is there a Communist threat? It would seem there is. The approximately 25,000 hard-core Communists who direct the activities of the Viet Cong take their orders directly from Ho Chi Minh, who in turn, is and was influenced by, and influences, the higher echelons of the Chinese Communist Party. The name of the political organ of the Viet Cong is, by a strange coincidence, the same as that of similar organizations in Algeria, Brazil, and Venezuela. It was the last organization, by the way, that supported democracy by threatening to kill anyone going to the polls on Election Day in Venezuela.
What about charges of Nazism? I feel indignation at torture not only because it is cruel, but because it is stupid and wasteful. I also feel indignation at attempts to label the US government Fascist because I see them as a method of exerting pressure at present and bringing about the destruction of our society by erosion of its faith itself. This label is one applied by Communists to destroy the effectiveness of the opposition. With due respect to the American Nutsy Party, I fail to see many "fascists" in this country. (And I've looked under my bed.) I feel sorry for those who are always looking for them, for they are among the first who would be executed if the Communists seized power here.
Finally, the big question. Why stay? A map of the area will quickly explain what will happen if South Vietnam falls. Cambodia and Laos will go under, Thailand and Malay (Malaysia) will be severely threatened. In addition, Malaysia will be split by an Indochina, Indonesia axis. The Philippines, a target of renewed Communist infiltration, will be under pressure from China, Indochina, and Indonesian Australia and New Zealand will be seriously threatened. Considering the amount of "face" Communist China will gain from victory in its special field of warfare, the consequences might include intensifying of the Cold War and a possibility that we would have to fall back on our next line of defense, Hawaii.
For strategic reasons alone, we cannot abandon South Vietnam. What more is there to say?
I call for the formation of an Ad Hoc Committee to support continued US presence in Vietnam. I also ask those of you who read this to pass it on. Copies cost money and I'm just a poor right-winger who has very little. Thank-you.