The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Robin L. Quillon

July 24, 2011

Book still closed on ‘Hanoi Jane’

— Cry me a river, Hanoi Jane!

Actress Jane Fonda is upset that QVC home-shopping network decided not to give her airtime to hawk her new book.

An angry outcry from American citizens quashed her appearance.

If “Hanoi Jane” thinks for one second that the American people will ever forget her socialist-promoting, communist-loving, aid-and-comfort-to-the-enemy treasonous ways four decades ago in North Vietnam, she is sadly mistaken. 

In 1972, Fonda visited the capital of North Vietnam at the apex of the war. She mugged for photos showing her smiling, and yucked it up atop a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down American troops.

On her website, Fonda responded to QVC’s action: “I am, to say the least, deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure by some well-funded and -organized political extremist groups. ...”

She went on: “I have never shied away from talking about this as I have nothing to hide. I could have pointed out that threats of boycotts are nothing new for me … most people don’t buy into the far-right lies. Many people have reached out to express how excited they were about my going onto QVC and hearing about my book.” 

Now that last sentence is probably true.

I am sure the leaders of communist countries everywhere were excited at the prospect of seeing one of their comrades on American TV hawking a book.

Fonda further wrote: “Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT!”

“Hanoi Jane” is in deep denial. Sure she has offered sputtering non-apology apologies over the years for her treasonous ways. But most Americans are not buying it, especially the families of the troops whose names are written on the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

She owes each one of those families a personal apology.

In an effort to rewrite history and win back support for her capitalistic ventures, “Hanoi Jane” said (brace yourself, folks), “I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us.”

Didn’t harm anyone by her actions?

Who is this ditz kidding?

She visited the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), and made several radio broadcasts containing pro-communist, anti-American propaganda.

She visited POWs and handed over notes they had given her to her NVA  handlers, and after she left, the NVA beat and tortured our servicemen.

She called our troops “liars” and “baby killers” to their faces, no less. She claimed reports of torture were misrepresented.

Ask Sen. John McCain of Arizona whether the torture issue is true.

Fonda’s foray into Vietnam was just the by-product of her true convictions, convictions she actively promoted.

As reported in the Washington Times in 2000: “On Nov 21, 1970, she told a University of Michigan audience of some two thousand students, ‘If you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would someday become communist.’ ”

At Duke University in North Carolina, she repeated what she had said in Michigan, adding, “I, a socialist, think that we should strive toward a socialist society, all the way to communism.”

I have never heard her deny or retract being a socialist or her desire for America to convert to communism.

The Times also quoted her as saying, “To the U.S. servicemen who are stationed on the aircraft carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin, those of you who load the bombs on the planes should know that those weapons are illegal. And the use of those bombs or condoning the use of those bombs, makes one a war criminal.”

Thank you, QVC, for refusing to give this socialist a platform.

“Hanoi Jane” has made her bed and I for one will never support this traitor to not only our country, but to the great men and women who served and died answering the call of duty to Vietnam without asking why.

Fonda’s spin on her past is nothing more than retreading very old dry-rotted tires.

Robin L. Quillon is the publisher of  The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at rquillon@tribdem.com.

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