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Fonda Has No Shame

Thursday, 14 April 2005 12:00 AM

Fonda is selling the American public who will listen, now some 30 years after the end of the Vietnam War, that she was an unwilling participant in her famous photo in the seat of an anti-aircraft gunner used to shoot down American pilots. She says it is a moment that she will regret until the day she dies. I don't believe that for a minute. The only regret I believe Fonda has is that the picture was ever taken, not that the incident occurred.

Let's review. Prior to the famous traitorous photo being taken, Jane Fonda had been in North Vietnam for about two weeks. She willingly went on tour to various sites with her military escorts, praising the bravery and strength of the North Vietnamese Communists. She went on Radio Hanoi to attack what she called U.S. Imperialism, President Nixon, and the mission of America's soldiers who were serving their country when called to do so. On Radio Hanoi, she lauded the Viet Cong for their skill at attacking the enemy, that enemy would have been American servicemen.

Fonda praised Ho Chi Minh, one of the world's worst dictators and violators of human rights, in fact praising his wonderful writing and poetry and on Radio Hanoi urging President Nixon to learn from reading his poetry. It's all there in the transcripts if you can stomach reading it even three decades later.

Many former POW's have testified that her visit was a propaganda boon to the enemy, and that is was used to torment them and led to their torture before and after her visit. There is no disputing the fact that Fonda gave at the least aid and comfort to the enemy, and at worst was and is a traitor to her countrymen.

Fonda claims on her tour that she regrets deeply that it seemed like she was against the people and the country that had given her so much privilege. Well, it didn't just seem that way, it was what she was doing. It's one thing to oppose a war, or oppose the policies of your government even to the point of public protest. It is quite another thing to go to the enemy and dance and sing and laugh with them and denounce your own country and its soldiers at the moment that so many are being killed in the line of duty.

Jane Fonda does not want to go into her twilight years with the famous "Hanoi Jane" tag that she can never escape. She does not want to go into those years being remembered for attacking her country while praising those who after the war killed millions in the killing fields of southeast Asia and even today enslave millions in some of the worse human rights conditions on the planet. But unfortunately for Fonda, that is what she did, and that is what she will be remembered for until the day she dies.

Even if one wanted to be charitable, one could not even excuse her actions as part of the indiscretion of a youthful flower child. She was already in her 30's when she went on her vacation to Hanoi. In 1970, Fonda told students at the University of Michigan that if we really knew what communism was, we would fall on our knees and pray to become communists. Clearly, Fonda did not make any mistake other than to reveal who she was, what she believed and whom she supported. Now, three decades later as she practices capitalism to sell her autobiography, we are asked to believe that it was all just a big misunderstanding.

As they like to say in Texas, you can put lipstick on a hog and call it Monica, but it's still a pig.

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