Originally posted by groverat
Oh Christ where to begin...
Let's see, you start off with Kerry's testimony (cropped, as always, to avoid the part where he's just relaying what he's heard from other veterans) and immediately plunge into descriptions of the various torture methods by NV. The strong implication being that Kerry's testimony had something to do with what they went through.
Kerry didn't relay anything but nonsense. Not a single person would sign an affidavit. Not a single person would personally come before Congress themselves. Additionally he didn't just present the information. He used it to accuse the entire armed services of war attrocities that were known and endorsed up the entire chain of command.
Then the narrator comes right out and says, "Little did the American prisoners of war imagine that half-way around the world events were conspiring to make their precarious situation even more desparate." (That's a quote). Yes, ladies and gentlemen, John Kerry *CONSPIRED* to make the situation of the POWs even worse.
When the enemy believes you are weakening and being destroyed from within, they will continue to fight longer and stronger than they might have previously. When you are a POW being tortured and malnurished, that extension of fighting can lead to your death. Additionally Kerry and VVAW did meet with the North Vietnamese leaders in Paris.
Then the narrator questions the timing of Kerry's testimony, attempting to draw a line between his testimony and how dangerous Vietnam was;
Yet to the average American combatant, having been branded by Kerry as a demon and a murderer, getting out of Vietnam alive was a high-risk adventure.
Kerry's testimony made the war more dangerous? How might this work? Well, let's get to that.
NV takes Kerry's testimony and tries to get prisoners to admit that they are guilty of it. Heart-wrenching? Yes. Relevant in any way to anything? No.
Unless Kerry went there and did this it makes absolutely ZERO sense to throw it in his face now. No sense at all.
Again it made it more dangerous because when someone believes an enemy is weakened, they will fight more strongly, devote more resources, be able to recruit better, etc.
It's easy to understand this in any other context. People don't stay around for the end of a professional sporting even that is a blow out. People don't send resources or volunteer for a candidate who is down 20 points in the polls, etc.
Additionally it is easy to see how when you are in a desperate situation, where you will need of people back home to get out of the hell hole you are in, and where you are unable to defend yourself that it can be beyond terrible, disheartening to see some guy with political intentions claiming you are a war criminal and turning the very people who are supposed to help and support you and most of all, get you you home against you. Instead of wanting you home, they are claiming you deserve it since you are a murderer, rapist and baby killer.
Please quote me or stop making shit up, please.
Please do more than make an unsubstanciated allegation and I won't have to question your intentions.