The Vietnam War-British Complicity

The British Complicity in Vietnam

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The Plot To Annex Indo-China



Just a few words



Just a few words about the events leading up to the murder and rape of the citizens of Indo-China which included bombings of one ton a minute,napalm raids and orders -a so called strategy announced by the U.S. command in South Vietnam:

'Destroy all, burn all,kill all' or the search and destroy campaign.

Was this a massacre ??

Below is the first part of a leaflet from the 70s which I hope will be read by many. jandee


- The Plot to annex Indo-China-



The year was 1941. The United States were busy plotting to annex Indo-China and to take part in the French Colonialist aggressive war in Indo-China.

It was on the 19 th. of July 1941 that president Roosevelt delivered an oral message to Marshal Petain,head of the Vichy Government,declaring that the U.S. would take over Indo-China after the Allies' victory over Japan. Roosevelt confirmed this with Churchill in 1944,who declared he fully understood U.S. interest in Indo-China.

At the end of World War 11,on August 18th,1945, the people of Vietnam successfully launched a general insurrection and ousted the Japanese, and set up a popular revolutionary power throughout the country. President Ho Chi Minh proclaimed to the world the declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

On September the 13th,1945, British troops landed in Saigon

with the official mission on behalf of the allied forces, to disarm the Japanese troops in Indo-China. Instead, they rearmed the Japanese. They released the French Military forces (disarmed by the Japanese, who immediately launched their war of reoccupation and by December 1946, with the support of the British forces, extended their war of Colonial re-occupation to the whole of Vietnam.


The British Government made no response to an appeal from President Ho Chi Minh to intervene and stop the war.

In August and September 1945, three U.S.military missions had arrived in Hanoi.

In 1948 the French colonialists put up Boa Dai to take over the administration, and in January 1949 .the U.S. Government notified the French Government it supported Bao Dai as head of the Government in Vietnam.

In December,the commander of the U.S. Air Force arrived in the Far East, along with the Chief of the CIA in Japan, and in 1950 the U.S. Government officially recognised the Bao Dai puppet Government.

On February 12th, 1952, the U.S. daily- New york times revealed the U.S. aims in Indo-China: 'Indo-China is a prize worth a large gamble. Ever since World War 11, Indo-China yields an annual interest of 300 million dollars -in the North are exportable tin, tungsten, zinc, manganese, coal, lumber and rice, and in the south are rice, rubber,tea, pepper, cattle and hides. From the military standpoint Indo-China is equally important , forging an 800-mile long bridge between communist China and British Malaya.

In 1953 President Eisenhower said:

'Now let us assume that we lost Indo-China...The tin and tungsten that we so greatly value from that area would cease coming, so when the U.S.A. votes 400 million dollars to help that war we are not voting a give-away programme; We are voting for the cheapest way that we can to prevent the occurrence of something that would be of the most terrible significance to the U.S.A. and our security, our power and ability to get certain things we need from the riches of Indo-Chinese territory'.

The reason for U.S. intervention in Indo-China could not have been expressed more blatantly.

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The above writing about 'British Complicity in the Vietnam War'

Written and compiled by'the Kent Council for Peace in Vietnam.

Secretary: Mrs. Yuille nr. Rochester.




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Micky Dee profile image

Micky Dee 4 years ago

Yo jandee. The British version of the Skull & Bones took some ships to the USSR back in the Vietnam War day. They loaded weapons. They sailed them to the NORTH VIETNAMESE. Keep keeping on.


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Interesting article, however I can read history on my own and am more interested in your own opinion on the whole sordid affair!

However if Micky Dee is a fan then that helps me in determining my support of your writing as I trust his judgement.


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Yes I understand what you are saying !S. I am only presenting a few facts from the 'The Peace for Vietnam'

movement. As you say ,you can read the stuff yourself !

Some stuff gets shelved ! Not all have the awareness at the same time,Amazingly not all even have an inkling about John Pilger never mind Michael Moore. Another thing 'You're not a bad judge'.

best from jandee


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

I will take the advice given to the cowboy with a hat and do some reading, it's just that my pile (of must reads) seems to grow larger and alas I must confess to being lazy and looking for the readers digest version.

I find the sheep are more interested in current affairs and so tend to write about something they have knowledge of, don't want to confuse the confused with broader concepts or issues they are unfamiliar with.

Most of the Sheep have never heard of Malta and the concept of thinking ten moves ahead is not a concept they can grasp!

Not many Chess or Pente players in the bunch, checkers is more their style


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Ifound this hub of great interest. Iknew of this to some extent but not to this degree. Well researched.

Best Wishes.


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Hello ,

my friend from lancs! Stuff gets forgotten over the years so every now and then I like to do reminders. If you have the time there is a hubber -content above -he has done excellent stuff on Vietnam from a first hand point of view,he is on the bike-Micky Dee ,

thanks so much,

jandee


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Thanks jandee. I see him I shall read him. Hope you enjoyed the'Yanks' Did you ever see the film 'Yanks' with Richard Gere? It was filmed in Ashton / Stayleybridge area, and throughout Lancashire.

Best Wishes.


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Shinkicker 4 years ago from Scotland

Interesting Hub jandee, marked up The Vietnam War-British Complicity

I'm not surprised about the British Government involvement given the colonial past of the UK especially the mess they made in the Middle-East which still reverberates today. But I didn't know the details.

British troops fought in Vietnam too I was once told. Special Forces, a fact that was kept quiet since Wilson had refused to get the British involved.

All the best


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Hello Shin,Yeah! Deep betrayal by the Brits who even were 'lectured'by the leading papers of the day in there support for the bombings by U.S.

In 1971 an Englishman working with the American friends service committee related that British army officers were training South Vietnamese officers at a counter-intelligence school in Singapore. It was of course denied.

best from jandee


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Jandee

It sounds like you don't like the country you live in and dislike the US, so maybe you should live in Vietnam.


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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Thank You, ib radmasters,

I always like to welcome an intellectual.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Jandee

Don't be cheeky, my statement was based on your hub.

Comment on it, and spare me the poor responses from grade school.


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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

By the way ! is that an order ? Have you got your gun with you ?


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Jandee

Now you have regressed to kindergarten, and still haven't made a real response to my original comment.

Cheers


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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Ugghh!

Boring..... Okay,ib, I love my country, I just hate the warmongers who con their way into leadership as they own the means of information ie.the media. If everybody left their homeland to go to better places like Cuba well how could we change our country in order for it to become a fair society. VIETNAM -One must be brave to venture into a polluted land which was polluted by your country with a little help from their friends,us here in uk. Last time in US had a wonderful time and met a wonderful mix of people from every part of the world . I hate war-mongers in your country( and every country) who are driving your people to homelessness. I certainly do not hate the US,you are not seeing straight. Hope I have answered your question fully.

regards jandee.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Jandee

You apparently have never heard from people that escaped from Cuba and how they were treated by Fidel Castro.

And you know that both North Korea and North Vietnam made war on the southern parts of those countries.

And it was ok for Iraq to make war on Kuwait.

And I guess you would think that the Islamic Terrorists are the victims of the US war mongers.

I would also guess that none of the countries mentioned including the UK is your families homeland.

You seem to be sympathizing with the terrorists and the terrorist countries.

What exactly are you doing to make a change in the UK by staying instead of going to Cuba where the whether is much nicer most of the time than it is where you are now?

My problem with the "War Mongers" is that when we do go to war, we must go to win and not let the minority opposition wag the dog from the tail stem. You probably didn't have a problem when at the end of WWII, the US and Britain gave the Hitler invaded and occupied countries of Eastern Europe to Russia. So the pre WWII free countries just got handed from Hitler to Stalin. That is not winning a war.

Thanks


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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Thank you ib for your rather mystifying reply. Actually I have spent much of my life in France and generally our weather here is quite superb.

My word ! there must still be plenty of red faces then when a minority such as Cuba chased you all off ! eh?

Today(reply to what are you doing there ...)I have had twenty or so letters from MPs in reply to work I am involved in in relationship to our NHS which is under direct threat from the Tories who wish to dismantle it.

You are in an upside down world of your own design,I wish you to know that my home of Jersey,Channel Islands was an occupied island .

Many of the Islanders were tortured and murdered by the Nazis,there was a successful resistance movement there and nobody ever indicated that they should hand the precious Island of Jersey over to Russia.

Vietnam ! Was that not called winning a war ?

You need to read more my friend,

regards jandee.


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Micky Dee 3 years ago

Hi jandee. A British company whose owners were part of the sect of Skull and Bones bought weapons from the USSR and delivered them to North Vietnam.

As far as Cuba goes - I am against that Batista that was in power before Castro. Cuba was called the whorehouse of the Caribbean.

US Fruit Company and others were abusing the people along with mines run by the Rockefellers and other mongrels.

I am against the prostitution that Americans promote. I am against Las Vegas, et al. I am against the slavery of any kind whether it's communism or whether it's democracy.

Children were being worked to death in capitalistic mines and living to the age of 26 years old.

The Vietnamese people have the right to rule their own country.

The Vietnam war was started with the Gulf of Tonkin lie - and other lies.

And all should be able to see the compromising of our air, water, and food while arguing the validity of healthcare for everyone.

Meanwhile the world celebrates the birth of Jesus who gave away his food and healthcare. He also said the greatest law was to love your fellow man and treat him as you would be treated.

The hawks use the doves, enslave them, send them to war and deny healthcare.

They use country-club rhetoric redundantly.

Most of these war-mongers are for war in which they are too cowardly to participate.

Americans pamper banks, lawyers, insurance salesmen, realtors, and yes - doctors who despise their patients who eat bad food, drink bad water, and breathe bad air.

Meanwhile, again, These soft pie jobs drive cars, live in great homes, enjoy all kinds of products that are created from toxic environments and products.

And the FDA allows the sale of synthetic vitamins and other medicines that do little but create profits.

Americans nor the rest of the "West" can police themselves.

But the bully boys and girls arm themselves with rhetoric and few facts.


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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Micky you have it altogether. Thank you for your very eloquent and welcome input. I cannot understand those who would have everyone silenced-I am speaking of those amongst us who have nothing(obviously the ruling class wish all opposite views to be unheard.) I am almost called a terrorist sympathizer,

thanks again Micky


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Micky Dee 3 years ago

In capitalism running amok - all is sacrificed - morals first.

Forgive me for being bold,

To say that we are being sold,

Rhetoric is so cold.

And all that glitters ain't gold.


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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K Author

Exactly Micky,

jandee


ib radmasters profile image

ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Jandee

Thank you ib for your rather mystifying reply. Actually I have spent much of my life in France and generally our weather here is quite superb.

ib----------------------------

What is mystifying?

You don't live in France now, and it was Liverpool that I was referencing.

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My word ! there must still be plenty of red faces then when a minority such as Cuba chased you all off ! eh?

ib-------------------

This is not a response, this is a childish retort

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Today(reply to what are you doing there ...)I have had twenty or so letters from MPs in reply to work I am involved in in relationship to our NHS which is under direct threat from the Tories who wish to dismantle it.

ib-------------

From what I have heard about the NHS from friends and their families, the NHS should be dismantled. It is even depicted negatively on BBC.

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You are in an upside down world of your own design,I wish you to know that my home of Jersey,Channel Islands was an occupied island .

ib------------------

Why is my world upside down?

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Many of the Islanders were tortured and murdered by the Nazis,there was a successful resistance movement there and nobody ever indicated that they should hand the precious Island of Jersey over to Russia.

ib----------

What does that have to do with my comment?

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Vietnam ! Was that not called winning a war ?

You need to read more my friend,

ib-------

You need to respond to to arguments with compelling arguments that would refute the arguments.

So far all you have done is play childish and meaningless darts.

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I have put the details in my hubs, while you apparently want to play word games.

This is your hub, and you can have your rules.

Bye

regards jandee.

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