Exert from the book "Legacy"

     April 1, 1967 was to be "a beautiful day in the neighborhood" for the murderous General Thanh. His commanders had been busy all night moving troops into locations around Haig and Lazzell's battalions, while his sapper teams surrounded Jack's 1/2nd battalion, mainly to monitor whether they stayed put or not. Large proportions of conscription forces, on both sides would be used in the battle of Ap Gu. However, there were no restrictions, moral or otherwise, for the communists, on how they used human flesh to fuel their war machine. Throughout the war years the communists maintained large numbers of conscription forces in the South, with death being the only end date for their enslavement. Furthermore, these conscripts were composed of mostly youngsters, whose parents were not members of the communist party. Non-membership alone, was enough reason for communists, like Thanh, to view, with the same distain, which he felt toward Haig's "Blue Spaders. The communist action plan had always been to rid themselves of two problems, at the same time. Over and over, in the war, communist thugs like Thanh, who were in control of the government in the North, would intentionally sacrifice the lives of those they viewed as apostates, just as quickly, as they would kill a foreign soldier like me. The Vietnamese communist mindset, largely schooled under Stalinism, considered this sacrifice a just atonement for anyone who committed the nearly unpardonable sin of maintaining political neutrality. To this very day, only 3% of the Vietnamese population is communist. Now, to any reasonable mind, this sin, if a sin at all, was still only a sin of omission. Never-the-less, it turned politically powerless rice farmers into the "deplorables" of their day. By nature, like all communists, Thanh was a hate filled creature and he directed that hate, first, against his fellow citizens, simply because these "deplorables" had no wish what-so-ever to substitute their innocuous pursuits of growing rice, peacefully raising their children and honoring their ancestral traditions, to follow the inhuman initiatives of the communist party. They instinctively saw communists for what they were. Yet, fear of a "death dealing" one party ruling class kept them in check. Communists like Thanh learned quickly how to wield this virtually unlimited political control, taking some murderous lessons from Stalin. Then and now, the more this power is wielded, the more it makes a communist true believer drunk with hatred, toward every fellow human being, who does not think exactly, as he or she thinks on any given day. It wasn't a huge leap, for the "haters of Hanoi", to embrace a quicker way to rid the utopian state of errant thinkers. They took these children of "deplorables", tainted by family traditions, away from their families, then placed them onto a bureaucratically powered conveyor belt we Americans called the Ho Chi Minh Trail". When they reached their holding pens in the south, before being led to the slaughter, they would be drilled night and day. One of the last drills to be taught was how to instantly respond to the different blasts of a death bugle. In this way, which I have briefly described here, Thanh's "big battle" strategy actually accomplished two goals. It gave the spiritually challenged Westmoreland the illusion of victory, through body counts, while steadily drawing him down a dead end street to defeat. At the same time, this action plan got rid of a whole bunch of "deplorables" who would die in the place of Thanh's more ideologically committed cohorts. In a sick way, Thanh's actions were a very clever way, of enabling him to continue the fight, until both his enemies, from within and from without, were destroyed by each other, leaving him and his communist mafia friends the victors.