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Thursday, October 21, 2004

john kerry's testimony before the senate foreign relations committee, 04-22-1971

can be found here.

The so-called documentary, Stolen Honor purportedly and with malicious intent, leaves out portions of this testimony to twist the truth into the winds of their deception tactics.

John Kerry is a true American Hero; one who was courageous enough to truly serve in Vietnam rather than taking deferment after deferment or land himself a cushy National Guard assignment; he earned a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts, and the detractors that have tried to smear his name with their outrageous lies should be utterly ashamed of themselves for trying to discredit his brave service.

Finally, and most courageous of all, John Kerry came back to the US and told the truth about Vietnam, on behalf of his own conscience as well as the many Vietnam Vets who bore witness to and participated in government-sanctioned atrocities that they could no longer hold inside and in order to help his fellow soldiers still trapped in a hopeless and morally bankrupt war, to be returned as soon as possible.

He spoke from his heart and he relayed messages from thousands of returning vets who wanted it stated on the record: what they saw, what they participated in and what they believed that the people of our nation needed to know about Vietnam and what they wanted our government to answer for - and most of all for our government to end the tragic futility that our presence there was perpetuating.

It takes incredible courage to speak out against the sins of a nation - there are still so many people, even today, who fear the truth and cannot face up to the ugliness that Vietnam was. Now, more than ever, it is time for our country to grow up and bear responsibility of our actions along with partaking the blessings that we have been given, just by being lucky enough to have been born in a country of wealth and independence and the greatest potential for true democracy and humanity. And right now, more than ever, We the People, need someone who has enough integrity and moral character to lead the way. If an honest internal dialogue is to be had, there is only one choice and that choice is John Forbes Kerry - a true great American Hero.

"Each day to facilitate the process by which the United States washes her hands of Vietnam someone has to give up his life so that the United States doesn't have to admit something that the entire world already knows, so that we can't say that we have made a mistake. Someone has to die so that President Nixon won't be, and these are his words, "the first President to lose a war."

We are asking Americans to think about that because how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? But we are trying to do that, and we are doing it with thousands of rationalizations, and if you read carefully the President's last speech to the people of this country, you can see that he says, and says clearly:

'But the issue, gentlemen,the issue is communism, and the question is whether or not we will leave that country to the Communists or whether or not we will try to give it hope to be a free people.'

But the point is they are not a free people now under us. They are not a free people, and we cannot fight communism all over the World, and I think we should have learned that lesson by now."
~ John Forbes Kerry, April 22, 1971

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