Seven Steps to Hell

The August 3, 1995, edition of the Wall Street Journal carried an interview with former North Vietnamese Colonel Bui Tin a member of the North Vietnamese general staff and the man who received the surrender of South Vietnam’s President Duong Van Minh on April 30, 1975. The interview was conducted by Stephen Young, a Minnesota human rights activist.

Colonel Tin described the military and political events of the war from his vantage point in Hanoi. What he described was the step-by-step defeat of U.S. forces, not on the battlefield, but in the White House, in the Halls of Congress, in the streets of America, and on our college and university campuses. Sound familiar?

As I read Col. Tin’s recitation of how events played out in Vietnam – step-by-step-by-step – I couldn’t help but think of the motto embroidered across the shoulder patch that I wore during the last eighteen months of my military service. The shoulder patch was the insignia of the U.S. 7th Army, and the motto embroidered across the bottom read, “Seven Steps To Hell.”

Col. Tin was asked, “How did Hanoi intend to defeat the Americans?” He responded, “By fighting a long war which would break their will. Ho Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh said, “We don’t need to win military victories, we only need to hit them until they give up and get out.’ ”

Liberals, cut-and-run Democrats, and the anti-war left now signal to al Qaeda and Islamic Jihad that we’re preparing to do the same in Iraq.

Step One.

Col. Tin was asked, “Was the American anti-war movement important to Hanoi’s victory?” He responded, “It was essential to our strategy. Every day our leadership would listen to world news over the radio at 9:00 a.m. to follow the growth of the American anti-war movement. Visits to Hanoi by people like Jane Fonda and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses.”

Jane Fonda and Ramsey Clark are back, and they’ve been joined by Cindy Sheehan, a host of anti-war leftists, and nearly the entire Democrat Party – all bashing the Commander in Chief and clamoring for an early surrender in Iraq.

For Steps Two to Seven, please click The Right Spot.

Hat tip: Seraphic Friend, Maurice Sonnenworth, M.D.

War is not just organized violence. In fact, more than anything, war is a test of wills.

The Democrats have no will for the war against the Islamic jihadists who are gathering inside the gates of Europe, Israel, and at this moment, assaulting America through sleeper cells and, of course, via stealth attacks by left-wing America-hating professors on our university campuses.

The will of the Democratic Party, save for a few old-time Democrats, is directed against so-called global warming, and raising the minimum wage. This is a sure-fire way of raising money in Hollywood.

Most Republicans understand that Western civilization is under attack by IslamoNazis, and to beat back these 7th century barbarians we must summon the will to stay on the offensive, to fight and to sacrifice, and to keep on fighting until the enemy is nothing but a squalid memory, like Amalek.

Deuteronomy 25:

17 Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you came out of Egypt, 18 how he attacked you on the way when you were faint and weary, and cut off your tail, those who were lagging behind you, and he did not fear God. 19 Therefore when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies around you, in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget.


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  1. Robert J. Avrech
    Posted March 7, 2007 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Because, sadly, most of the people who work in the film business are a bunch of liberals, a bunch of appeasers, a bunch of socialists, a bunch of global-warming fanatics who believe that President Bush is more dangerous than the Islamic jihadists.
    That’s why.

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  2. Posted March 7, 2007 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    When I read such postings as this, it is as if the discussions that I have with others are being recorded.
    It has long been my contention that a “coalition” of like minded people in the entertainment media should be able to produce fascinating material, whether it be comic; dramatic; news oriented; or even reality based, that would strengthen and inspire the Will of those who oppose Islamic fascism and would cause those who are indifferent to perhaps begin to understand the threat posed by ignoring this world wide disease.
    And, I often wonder why this is not being done.
    As an insider on this scene, Robert, perhaps you know?

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