Filling a Black Hole in American History
Roger Canfield
         Comrades in Arms fills a black hole in history by the telling story never told of how closely the top leaders of the American peace movement coordinated their antiwar demonstrations and propaganda themes with Hanoi. In one place for the first time the book names hundreds of Americans who met the Vietnamese Communists frequently not only in Hanoi and Paris, but also in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Windsor, Havana, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Geneva, Munich, East Berlin, Moscow, Budapest, Helsinki, Sofia, Bratislava, Tokyo, Jakarta, Peking, Phnom Penn, and Vientiane where they agreed to common political strategies and tactics and propaganda themes, and coordinated their political actions by date, place and themes. This collaboration and coordination was not to achieve peace, but to defeat U.S. imperialism and impose communism upon Indochina.

         Much of what our children learn, our historians write and the mass media tells us about the war in Vietnam is false, especially the usually effusive accounts of the peace movement, portraying idealistic youth and honest pacifists rightfully protesting an illegal and immoral war by U.S. imperialism against innocent peasants in a faraway place of no strategic interest to the United States. Au contraire, the book demonstrates how the Vietnamese Communists considered the antiwar movement an essential, ultimately the most critical factor, in their grand strategy for a military victory. Indeed, very many of those named leading demonstrations and lobbying congress happily collaborated with Hanoi. They made the U.S. homeland a second front in the rear of their enemy. After all, by 1972 the United States and South Vietnamese ARVN had both all but won the war on the ground and in the hearts and minds of the people of South Vietnam until America's national leaders lost the will to win. The book confronts most of Hanoi's propaganda themes, point by point. It describes in horrific detail Communist atrocities that far surpass the sins of the allies in Vietnam.

        Please read the rest in Forum 7: FACES OF THE WAR.