This advisory was forwarded by our observers guarding the outpost in extreme Central Texas. It is maddening. The one time when previous knowledge should have been rendered and was given, was to the Japanese before the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In that case, it thought only right to underscore to the Japanese that this would be an horrific disaster for the Japanese people and that they should have the chance to atone for their aggressions and surrender, thereby protecting Japan the annihilation of one-half of one per cent of the Japanese race in minutes.
It should also be pointed out that the use of the two atomic bombs certainly saved the lives of as many as two million American and other allied military personnel, but also as many as nine to ten million Japanese who appeared to be willing to fight door-to-door for every square inch of Japanese territory.
To have rendered such warning to the North Vietnamese and their allies in Red China seems absurd. We must remember, as well the relentless bombing of Dresden, Nuremberg, Berlin, and other such places in and around Germany which was done with little or no concern for the civilians. They were seen as willing enablers of the National Socialist party and its SS officialdom. Many POWs from various countries, and Polish and other European slaves were killed in the underground factories during the Allied bombing raids. There was no other way.
Ever wondered why so many of our military aviators in Vietnam got shot down?
"The Secret War and Other Conflicts"
(Published 2014 by General Pete Piotrowski, ISBN 978-1-4931-6187-4 (Hardcover)
Following is a quote of much interest, from pages 246/247:
"Nearly twenty years later, former Secretar y of State Dean Rusk being interviewed by Peter Arnett on a CBS documentary called "The Ten Thousand Day War".
Mr Arnett asked, "It has been rumored that the United States provided the North Vietnamese government the names of the targets that would be bombed the following day. Is there any truth to that allegation?"
To everyone's astonishment and absolute disgust, the former Secretary responded, "Yes. We didn't want to harm the North Vietnamese people, so we passed the targets to the Swiss embassy in Washington with instructions to pass them to the NVN government through their embassy in Hanoi." As we watched in horror, Secretary Rusk went on to say, "All we wanted to do is demonstrate to the North Vietnamese leadership that we could strike targets at will, but we didn't want to kill innocent people. By giving the North Vietnamese advanced warning of the targets to be attacked, we thought they would tell the workers to stay home."
No wonder all the targets were so heavily defended day after day! The NVN obviously moved as many guns as they could overnight to better defend each target they knew was going to be attacked. Clearly, many brave American Air Force and Navy fliers died or spent years in NVN prison camps as a direct result of being intentionally betrayed by Secretary Rusk and Secretary McNamara, and perhaps, President Johnson himself.
I cannot think of a more duplicitous and treacherous act of American government officials. Dean Rusk served as Secretary of State from January 21, 1961, through to January 20, 1969, under President John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Perhaps Senator John McCain, POW for five years and presidential candidate in 2008, was one of the many victims of this utter stupidity and flawed policy flowing from President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Mr. Peter Arnett opined that this would be a treasonous act by anyone else."
A very sad revelation- for even ONE mission.
We return to the original point, that the people of North Viet Nam were essentially held captive by a brutal oligarchy of military thugs. When the South Vietnamese were correctly accused of corruption of various sorts, we need to be aware that the North Vietnamese officials were all totally corrupt. They were perverse and sadistic, brutalizing their own people and sacrificing them to all nature of false objectives.
Their Pyrrhic Victory, of sorts, over the Republic of South Vietnam left them exhausted and required to turn to the happy disorder and happy inefficiencies of South Viet Nam's Buddhism, Catholicism, small business, private farming, and grey-market "traditions". Those "allowances" were what brought back a degree of prosperity substantially higher than that enjoyed by the Red Chinese plebeian rural class. Look at the difference between the quality of Vietnamese products and Red Chinese products.
The idea of sending American Fly-boys into certain re-intensified air-defenses was most certainly treason. And McNamara and LBJ and the lot of them judged Nixon....Mein Gott!!
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